Star Wars Lightsabre
While it's never going to be as remotely powerful or effective as the real thing, no fictional blades roundup would be complete if it wasn't included. Many of you grew up wanting one, many were lucky enough to get one - ah, Palitoy's Force Beam, I remember it well... Then, just as you were about to pass it down a generation, The Phantom Menace came along and your brat wouldn't settle for anything that wasn't double-ended. Thanks, George Lucas. Not only did you introduce Jar Jar Binks, but you forced us to actually spend money on a birthday present.
Anyway, scrap that, this isn't about the kids anymore. I want a proper lightsaber and looking around, it seems the the Star Wars Force FX range is the best the net has to offer. These officially licensed rudeboys, are sturdy bits of kit that not only light up like the real thing, but make the exact same sounds you hear in the movies.
You can also get pretty much any one you want. There's the red Darth Vader one, the green Yoda one and yes, if you really want, a double-sided Darth Maul version. Shop around. Check out the hilarious video of the Force FX being used by the team at Think Geek.
They do look über cool, but they're never going to be the real thing. If they were, I'd have sliced you in half before you even begin to complain it isn't really a blade. So there.
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Wolverine's claw of blades was around long before a certain Mr. Krueger started penetrating dreams and tearing teenagers to pieces. Before he became the comic world's most infamous antihero, Wolverine appeared in the Incredible Hulk comics as a superhuman agent of the Canadian government. He soon established himself as the most memorable figure in the X-men collection though, joining the 'all-new' roster of characters and featuring in every episode of the comic, and subsequent spin-offs to date.
Many years ago, the odd fan could be found sellotaping Stanley knives to their fingers in a bid to imitate him - you know, the odd fan. But now even they can pick up a replica pretty easily, and I don't mean a cheap Halloween gimmick either.
As all political rock fans will agree, there's nothing quite like some Rage and a fistful of steel. Now let me do the cuttin'.
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Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned
Sorry, you missed both of the fantasy swords I'd want to own AND included Wolverine's claws which aren't a sword.
Of the two swords that should have been here, you missed the Japanese blade with the steel folded two hundred times, as wielded by Juan-Sachez Villalobos Ramirez, and taken by Connor Macleod after his death - in Highlander (1986), and the blade made for the six-fingered Count Rugen by Domingo Montoya, and wielded by his son Inigo in a twenty year quest for revenge - in The Princess Bride (1987)
Most of the blades here, pfft, are imitators.
Its not the sword that is dangerous
Its the idiot wielding it . Pretty much every report you see in the papers is some idiot chav with a £20 wallhanger that will barely cut air . Those of us who collect pay a hell of a lot more for our hobby . I own an assortment of swords and daggers . All of which in the wrong hands are lethal . But then again so is a screwdriver .
Mines thye one with the slit in the back for my katana .
...top ten is complete with out a Pork Sword!
The important thing…about a lightsabre is
if it doesn’t come on, don’t look in the top while hitting the handle.
Where is Naomi Campbell's hardened-edge cellphone?
I'm told that Flavio Briatore used to collect martial arts paraphernalia, and once, while still stepping out with Naomi Campbell, he showed her his favourite antique shuriken.
Allegedly, she examined it closely before asking where one inserted the SIM card.