Nothing says ‘I am a die-hard Star Wars fan' quite like owning a replica lightsaber. Of course, the lightsaber is the most iconic symbol of the Star Wars franchise, so it comes as no surprise that any true fan would want to have one or a whole collection of their replicas.
However, it isn't enough to just acquire a replica Star Wars lightsaber; you need to understand all that comes with lightsaber ownership, especially in terms of displaying and caring for your lightsaber properly. Your replica lightsaber needs to be kept in good condition in order to be something that you are proud to show off.
Below, we shall take a look at how you can display and care for your replica lightsaber responsibly.
Displaying Your Replica Lightsaber
Lightsabers are such unique items that it would be an absolute injustice not to show them off. Thankfully, there are several different ways you can display your replica lightsaber while also ensuring that it remains in the best condition. Some of them are;
A Lightsaber Stand- Although quite generic, a lightsaber stand remains an ideal choice for lightsaber display. The combination of a simple stand with a lavish lightsaber replica actually makes for a classy and elegant look. If you want to take things a step further, you can opt for an attractive custom-made stand that goes well with the Star Wars theme you are going for. Be sure to place the lightsaber stand in a noticeable place, like your living room or hallway, so it is easier for people to see it.
A Lightsaber Glass Display- Another very aesthetically pleasing way of displaying your lightsaber is to put it inside a glass display. Seeing as how the lightsaber already features a light beam, putting it in glass will reflect the light even more and give your room a very nice aesthetic appeal. A full glass showcase or a showcase with a front glass wall is perfect for this. Glass with embedded patterns can also add more appeal to the display when the saber's light reflects on it.
A Lightsaber Wall Mount- A lightsaber mount is an accessory that is used to fix a replica lightsaber on the wall. They typically come in different styles, so you can choose based on your preference and tastes. You can also mount it on any wall in your home; however, we recommend the living room, hallway or bedroom.
A Lightsaber Display box- This actually serves two purposes, displaying your replica lightsaber and storing it. It can also be a very beautiful accessory for your lightsaber.
Caring for Your Replica Lightsaber
As the proud owner of a lightsaber, part of your essential responsibilities is to properly maintain and care for the lightsaber. This will ensure that the saber continues to function and look its best for as long as possible. Some lightsaber care tips include;
Using a Protective Case- If you want to keep your replica lightsaber from getting scratched, dinged or damaged, you need to invest in a protective case for storing it when it is not in use. There are many types of lightsaber cases available, and you can find them in online lightsaber shops or Amazon.
Routine Cleaning- Debris, dirt and dust can get trapped and accumulate in various components of your lightsaber, and if you do not clean them, they can cause damage over time. To prevent this, wipe down your lightsaber with a microfiber towel or soft cloth on a regular basis or after each use. Remember to never clean your lightsaber by submerging it in water, as this could damage the saber's electronics.
Use the Right Batteries- Using the right batteries for your replica lightsaber is crucial to ensure its proper function. Most replica lightsabers use AA batteries, however, there are some that use Li-ion batteries, so be sure to check the manufacturer's website or the saber's manual for battery specifications.
Check for Loose Parts- Routinely check your replica lightsaber for loose parts like nuts, bolts, or screws and tighten up any that you find. This will keep your lightsaber from malfunctioning or breaking.
Lubricate Moving Parts- For a replica lightsaber with moving parts such as a retractable blade, lubrication is necessary (small amount of silicone lubricant) to ensure that the moving parts don't seize up and continue to function smoothly.
Know When to Replace Parts- At some point, certain parts of your lightsaber will need to be replaced, so keeping an eye out for signs of wear and tear (for example, loose saber blade or malfunctioning sound effects) is important. If you notice any of these signs, repair or replace immediately to prevent further damage. If you can't fix the issue yourself, you can have repairs done by the lightsaber's manufacturer or vendor.
A replica lightsaber is an excellent piece of memorabilia for any Star Wars fan, and the best way to enjoy their benefits for as long as possible is proper usage. So, be sure to display, use and care for your lightsaber responsibly.