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Long Island start-up selling ‘realistic’ Star Wars lightsabers


The force is powerful with two “Star Wars” fanatics trying to do battle with the dark side.

SabersPro — a Long Island, NY startup founded by two wannabe Jedis — is selling high-end “realistic” lightsabers to deep-pocketed fans of the epic George Lucas franchise.

Marketed mainly to adults as collector’s items or cosplay props, the sabers range in price from $89.95 for the more generic models, to as much as $660.95 for the corporate’s specialty designs.

“Nothing says ‘Star Wars’ greater than the enduring lightsaber,” said SabersPro co-founder Sergey Kogan in an interview with Newsday.

Kogan, 43, launched the corporate last yr together with his 19-year-old brother-in-law Lev Glushkovskii. The pair immigrated to the US from Russia — Kogan 25 years ago and Glushkovskii in 2019 — and have been lifelong fans of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Princess Leia.

SaberPro’s costliest product, the Leia Proffie 2.2 Neopixel, which sells for $660.95.

“The thought of defending the galaxy with a laser sword against blasters was inspiring to me,” Kogan told the outlet.

The SabersPro products are product of aluminum, and are available with an “impact-resistant polycarbonate blade with sophisticated sound and light-weight effects,” based on the corporate’s website.

The lightsabers are programmed with sensors which can be capable of mimic the look and sound of the blade contacting one other object. A number of the costlier models include gyroscopic motion detectors that create “realistic lightsaber noises in response to motion.”

Kogan wouldn’t reveal what number of sabers the corporate has sold, based on Newsday.

While dozens of firms over the past twenty years, including Hasbro, have made higher-end mock lightsabers for the adult market, SabersPro is one in every of the few that truly label their products as lightsabers on their website.

Lucasfilm, and company parent Disney, have a history of suing unlicensed lightsaber manufacturers, but Kogan said he shouldn’t be fearful.

“As long as we don’t associate with a personality directly, We keep the whole lot in the realm of law,” he told Newsday, adding that his company is “helpful to Lucasfilm to maintain culture and community alive.”

The Post reached out to Lucasfilm for comment.

SabersPro’s founders are headed into what they anticipate to be the busiest time of yr, with next month’s Recent York Comic Con being an enormous draw for “Star Wars” paraphernalia. It could also profit from the newest Star Wars-inspired series on Disney+, “Andor,” which premiered Wednesday.

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