Friday, February 23, 2001

Now you can own Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber
The lightsaber is the weapon of the Jedi, and is also used by the evil Sith. It has been described as an "elegant" weapon, since using a lightsaber requires great skill and talent. Only those that use the Force are able to use a lightsaber properly.

During production of "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace", the Prop Department crafted a number of lightsabers for Liam Neeson to use as his character, Qui-Gon Jinn. When the saber is not in use, the lightsaber handle hangs from Qui-Gon Jinn's belt. When activated for battle, the blade appears. While filming the movie, Liam Neeson used this lightsaber with a brightly-colored rod attached. The rod was later replaced for the final film with a brilliant glow by the digital animators at Industrial Light & Magic.

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