Some lucky Star Wars fans and aficionados were treated to a first look at some of the products that will be on display on Triple Force Friday, including the reforged Skywalker Lightsaber. Pinewood Studios in London, the shooting location for the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, hosted a livestream event wherein a number of Star Wars celebrities themselves presented these iconic items in advance of their official rollout.
Triple Force Friday, one of the newer traditions in the Star Wars pantheon of events, will be held on October 4, as announced by Lucasfilm and Disney. It will feature products inspired not only by The Rise of Skywalker, but also by The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars show, set to premiere on Disney's new streaming service, and by Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a brand new video game from EA and Respawn. However, those who streamed or attended the event at Pinewood were privileged to view many of these items today.
Michelle Buchman, who runs the official Star Wars Twitter account, tweeted a fantastic shot of the new Skywalker lightsaber, repaired to working order with a new metal-molded midsection. The weapon will no doubt feature prominently in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Other products featured in the post are Kylo Ren's lightsaber and helmet, and the medal of Yavin, presented to our favorite classic SW heroes at the end of Return of the Jedi.
Regarding the lightsaber's new construction, fans will remember that the weapon was badly damaged during the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After agreeing to disagree about their moral values and trajectories of fate, Kylo Ren and Rey struggled violently over the lightsaber. As a result, it was split in two, light exploding from it and knocking Kylo Ren unconscious. Rey then escaped with the broken artifact. She is seen at the end of the movie holding the two jagged pieces of Luke's saber, as she mourns his loss with Leia.
It's now clear that we haven't seen the end of the iconic Skywalker lightsaber. As seen in the movie's trailer and now in this product reveal, the blade will be reforged, a la Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and used in the final battle against the First Order. We'll all have to wait until Star Wars IX's December release to see the new saber in action, and to find out whether it will be Rey who once again wields the sacred weapon - hopefully to restore balance to the Force.
Source: Michelle Buchman
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