Disney has filed for a patent application again! This new application is for a “Sword Device with Retractable, Internally Illuminated Blade.”
The new technology is used to build a lightsaber hilt that works like a motorized tape measure. At the press of a button, the tapes will extend to a total length several times that of the hilt. The tapes will also have some kind of LED lighting inside, creating an effect similar to that seen in the Star Wars films
Much like the Disney’s current lightsaber replicas, one can expect sound effects to play when the lightsaber is “turned on.”
This new and improved lightsaber would be far more realistic than anything else on the market, and therefore would command a premium price. It is likely that this lightsaber would be used by Cast Members or sold as a collectors item.
As with any patent application, there is a good chance that this concept does not come to fruition.