Where did that interesting lightsaber design come from? We had an email interview with artist Chris Glenn, who designed this hinged double-bladed design for The Clone Wars.
– Where did the idea come from to make a hinged lightsaber?
– This idea came about in early Season 4 of The Clone Wars. I designed a large Jedi named Pong Krell, and he had four arms. The idea from Dave Filoni was to give him two sets of double-lightsabers like Darth Maul. So after designing the character, I designed the lightsaber props as well. The problem was because Pong Krell was so large, the lightsabers had to be larger as well to fit his hands. Which meant, they were too long to hang from his belt. So the choice was either have them attach to his back, or design a way for them to fold.
Filoni went with the folding option.
– Why could this design be useful for a Jedi or a Sith?
– Well, it allowed for a more practical way to attach a double-lightsaber to a belt. That was the only consideration at the time.
– What did you think when it appeared in the D23 reel of The Rise of Skywalker?
– I thought it was fun to see. There’s a ton of designs and content created for all the Star Wars properties, and it’s common for ideas to travel between the different projects. If a design didn’t work for an episode, it might show up later in a comic book or toy.
– As far as I know, you designed Ezra’s lightsaber as well. Which one makes you more proud?
– I enjoyed designing the Ezra lightsaber more, as the process was more enjoyable. Taking a bunch of random parts and assembling it into a workable design. Not unlike the kit-bashing techniques used in making the original props.
– You worked with Lucasfilm in two animation projects (TCW, Rebels). Will there be more cooperation?
– You never know! I have a lot of friends that still work at Lucasfilm, and I always welcome the chance to work with them again.
Cover photo: Rey (?) and Pong Krell with hinged double-bladed lightsabers (Inverse.com)