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January 5, 2010

Any color you like

"But with my blade all washed-out, I can't even see... how am I supposed to fight?"

"But with my blade all washed-out, I can't even see... how am I supposed to fight?"

Why can’t George Lucas standardize the color of the lightsabers across all the episodes?

It’s surprising how often this earth-shatteringly important issue comes up—why do the appearance of lightsabers in the original trilogy differ so much from the appearance in the prequels?

The changing appearance of the lightsabers had a lot to do with how you were seeing it and the environment, the angle, the lighting around it, etc. That still seems the simplest and most satisfactory answer, but if you require a more concrete explanation, then consider that sabers age and need maintenence to keep them in good condition. When Obi-Wan turns over Anakin’s lightsaber to Luke, it has been sitting there unused for over 20 years.

Think about how your computer or microwave oven might perform after 20 years of disuse. Perhaps that original blue seen in the prequels has grown dull over time due to the aging of the components in the weapon.

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