Limited Run The Mandalorian: Anodized Aluminum Darksaber Hilt - UPDATE 07/08 NOW IN PRODUCTION - **RUN FULL**

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Malibu139

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UPDATE 07/08

There is a considerable update today.

This run is now full and we are closing it out.

If there is interest we can do another if we meet a 25 unit minimum.



Dropped in over at the shop last night and I am happy to announce we are in full blown production!
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Almost half of this run has been produced. As you can see from the photo its spectacular seeing all the cross guards and emitters, raw materials, etc. in one place.

All the materials are in hand and the second 25 will be produced quickly once these are finished.



Next steps are:

Slight re-design of the emitter/blade insert to be more screen accurate while the rest of the run is produced

Emitter shipped to Devon at The Saber Trade for blade insert design /integration

Anodizing. Local shop with a short turnaround.

Assembly. This will include D ring, chasis and all hardware.

Final payments and …….Shipping!!!!



We do now have one assembled and in hand and as you can see it’s a thing of beauty. In the words of our shop” it really IS a work of metal art”

First impressions are its beautiful, hefty at 16oz, solid, and elegant.

It has only 4 main body pieces so assembly is simple and straightforward. There are only two internal parts: the chasis and the blade insert.

Will have an assembly video soon and more updates as usual as things continue to progress



Thanks,



UPDATE 05/07/2021

We are officially in the "tool up" phase!!! Today I was able to meet with the shop and the order has been placed!
"Tooling up" includes finalizing the design with a test 3D print ( produced by early next week), ordering materials (bits, 6061 aluminum alloy, screws, pins, d-rings etc ), and producing the first aluminum hilt.
The estimated time until the first aluminum hilt is produced will be 12-14 days.

Once we have the test aluminum hilt produced and approved, production will move swiftly.
We will provide tangible updates in real-time as things progress.

Stay tuned.

Thanks again everyone

List at the top for reference -


This list is in order of who will get the special first 50 certificate/card. We will also ship in this order (except for international orders) Please spread the word for the deposits!

  1. JoeG - no blade - deposit sent
  2. Cableton - no blade - deposit sent
  3. PhantomPickle - ? blade - deposit sent
  4. Scimitar - yes blade - deposit sent
  5. pnag - no blade - deposit sent
  6. Saranac - ? blade - deposit sent
  7. B-Movie Zombie - no blade - deposit sent
  8. Talsiri - no blade - deposit sent
  9. MandoJedi - yes blade - deposit sent
  10. maly93 - yes blade - deposit sent
  11. cloudborn - ? blade - deposit sent
  12. wolvie357 - yes blade - deposit sent
  13. B-Wing - ? blade - deposit sent
  14. skoota73 - ? blade - deposit sent
  15. sjensen - yes blade - deposit sent
  16. bluecoyote - no blade - deposit sent
  17. tk 9464 - yes blade - deposit sent
  18. HighlanderFX - no blade - deposit sent
  19. Damage - yes blade - deposit sent
  20. Brodie53 - yes blade - deposit sent
  21. djhao - yes blade - deposit sent
  22. Jormi - no blade - deposit sent
  23. Sonic10 - yes blade - deposit sent
  24. Bad Wolf - no blade - deposit sent
  25. GeoffMartin3299 - no blade - deposit sent
  26. Vertex - yes blade - deposit sent
  27. Lobot82 - no blade - deposit sent
  28. Spankuh - Yes blade - deposit sent
  29. djedi - yes blade - deposit sent
  30. illiummusic - no blade - deposit sent
  31. CrukSsoj - yes blade - deposit sent
  32. rudolpht - no blade - deposit sent
  33. pmhchan - no blade - deposit sent
  34. ShadowofMagnus - yes blade - deposit sent
  35. merkava74 - no blade - deposit sent
  36. RiveDrifter - no blade - deposit sent
  37. Darth_Nickel - yes blade - deposit sent
  38. Sanjuro - no blade - deposit sent
  39. Lidocaine - yes blade - deposit sent
  40. rockbottom - no blade - deposit sent
  41. StormFallen2 no blade - deposit sent
  42. skahtul no blade - deposit sent
  43. BakerBruh yes blade - deposit sent
  44. Rafite blade? - deposit sent
  45. DarthFederer17 blade? - deposit sent
  46. flamingpoolofdeath1973 - no blade - deposit sent
  47. [bigmannewo]
  48. [The Saber Trade]
  49. [Valentine Customs]
  50. Slick
  51. Malibu139
  52. cboath
  53. kaitarfett



Hello everyone!



Its that time! This project is a go and we are ready to start taking deposits.

I want to thank everyone for their support and patience.

We decided to conduct the zooms to set a precedent of up front and straightforward communication.

Since there is a price increase we wanted to give the reasons and answer any other questions or concerns in person(virtually). Some good discussions were had and thanks to all who participated.



Our machine shop is local and specializes in smaller runs and novelty pieces.

The shop has been instrumental in the design process and will allow us to provide pictures and video updates as this run progresses. We are excited to keep it local and made in the USA.



Here are the details that we discussed in the zoom meetings over the past two weeks:

  • Price is $299 plus shipping with a deposit of $200. This is due to the complexity of the design along with anodizing and electroplating.
  • Price includes: all 4 aluminum anodized hilt pieces and screws, an electroplated blade stem insert, an electroplated button plate, and a 3D printed chassis.
  • Minimum people needed for the run is 50. The first 50 people will receive a “# of 50” card.
  • All bolts are self contained (unseen) except for one bolt that holds the bottom pommel on (quick access to internal charge port)
  • Blade stem holder & button plate will be 3D SLA printed with a electroplated finish for looks
  • Once we get on the schedule with the machine shop, it will take roughly 1 1/2 - 2 months to machine. Then we have to anodize and electroplate everything.
  • The blade will cost $200-$350 from The Saber Trade depending on which version you buy. (DIY/PNP)
  • We will be releasing the 3D files of the chassis after launch, if anyone needs it.

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The red arrows above illustrate where the bolts will be and how they work. This is an updated render of what will be machined, but we will have more renders to come.


PAYMENT: For payment we will be using paypal. Send money to this email: haydenmgibson@hotmail.com

Send $200 for the deposit, along with your username on the rpf, address information, and any other notes. Once the product is ready to ship, we will calculate shipping on top of the $99.


I hope everyone is as excited as we are to get this darksaber made! If anyone has any questions at all, feel free to DM or comment on this post/thread!



Kind Regards,

Malibu & Slick

Update Pics 2/16/2021

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Update 1/30/21


Hey everyone,

We have just finished a second saber print for general fitment (see pics below), and we are working on some small tweaks here and there. These tweaks are related to minor part fitment and other small things to help make the process more streamlined for the machine shop. The machine shop has a project that should be over in the next week or two, and once that is over we are next in queue.


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In honor of 100 people interested and your support for this project, we will randomly select one member from the list to receive one of the original test prints. Everyone on the interest list by Friday, Feb 5th by 8 PM will be eligible. By 9 PM we will have a video posted with the randomly selected winner, we will PM them for their information and shipping is on us.

Thanks all,
Slick and Malibu


UPDATED NEW INFO 1/13 EDIT:

Good news, we have finalized our design and we have added everything we need to the saber. It will be screen accurate both as a static prop and with a Saber Trade FX blade. Final renders below.
  1. Hollow 24mm tube down the hilt for electronics chassis
  2. 2.1mm charge port compatibility at the bottom of the grip
  3. hole for sound to escape
  4. 17x34x1mm slots for clear polycarbonate inserts (diffuser for 8 blade ports)
  5. hole for standard 12mm AV button
  6. proprietary adapter for The Saber Trades blade w/ screen accurate plug solution
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We are working on a solution for the grip texture, we want to include some Talon Grip tape that will be laser cut to fit the lines. Or if you prefer, we will sand down the grips to be silver or even leave them black. And if any of you are wondering, yes the blade will overhang. ;)

Now that the design is done, we will be 3D printing prototypes and having the machine shop prepare to make the hilt. Once we have a working 3D printed prototype in hand, and a date from the shop, we will change this thread from Interest to Limited Run, and begin taking deposits.

Thank you to Valentine Costumes for help with the design along with The Saber Trade for helping with blades.

A lot of great things are coming together very quickly, and we are very thankful for all of your support!

Again, This is The Way!

- Malibu & Slick


Original Post:

Hey everybody,

Ever since Moff Gideon sliced through the tie fighter at the end of season 1, I have wanted to make a darksaber to go with my Mando build. This is an interest thread for the production of a screen accurate anodized aluminum darksaber HILT. Details below.

  • Here is a proof of concept file for visuals. File by Valentine Costumes
  • We are in talks with a local machine shop that specializes in small to medium parts
  • Price projected to be $200, subject to change
  • Anodized black with silver highlights
  • Working on electronics compatibility
  • This hilt will be compatible with The Saber Trade's blades on Facebook. This will have a more screen accurate blade orientation than Hasbro
  • First run will have a deposit of $75. If successful could become multiple runs

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  1. BrickMacklin
  2. Talsiri - no blade - deposit sent
  3. RiveDrifter
  4. jholt
  5. GreyWolf937
  6. Saranac - ? blade - deposit sent
  7. Brodie53 - ? blade - deposit sent
  8. Aditrap
  9. tk 9464 - yes blade - deposit sent
  10. JoeG - ? blade - deposit sent
  11. jhusel
  12. Sonic10 - yes blade - deposit sent
  13. Huyang
  14. Jhowe1997
  15. Y1313
  16. DarkLordOfSushi
  17. HighlanderFX - no blade - deposit sent
  18. Kalel76
  19. Bad Wolf - no blade - deposit sent
  20. Darth_Nickel
  21. Sanjuro
  22. bpatneaude
  23. bluecoyote - no blade - deposit sent
  24. PhantomPickle - ? blade - deposit sent
  25. kursosawa
  26. Jormi - no blade - deposit sent
  27. Reel Fakes
  28. signeddiamond
  29. GrantROTJ
  30. SaiyanCookie
  31. Vertex - yes blade - deposit sent
  32. Dormouse
  33. Hatefrost
  34. B-Wing - no blade - deposit sent
  35. GeoffMartin3299 - ? blade - deposit sent
  36. JediJohn182
  37. Shinobi Hiro
  38. Ajkhunter
  39. mrfochs
  40. shpider
  41. B-Movie Zombie - no blade - deposit sent
  42. rudolpht
  43. The Sweatshop
  44. yubyub
  45. Cpl Potter
  46. Boba Flint
  47. ventuoguy
  48. Cableton - ? blade - deposit sent
  49. ScourgiousJinx
  50. Scareglow
  51. The Game Guru
  52. lmc3
  53. Praetor
  54. Petegrfc
  55. drfreak
  56. zeroithlaw
  57. pnag - ? blade - deposit sent
  58. Mockle
  59. stefwill
  60. NothingCreative
  61. nygbo
  62. LukeBespin1975
  63. Formori
  64. pmhchan
  65. SloppyGhost
  66. Fire Tigress
  67. ppadil2
  68. ShadowofMagnua
  69. JayCas
  70. Farstrider
  71. Cb0z18
  72. Etheox
  73. FrozenLogiic
  74. maly93 - yes blade - deposit sent
  75. cooperpullin
  76. Planettera
  77. merkava74
  78. smcguiga
  79. Blacky1977
  80. wolvie357 - yes blade - deposit sent
  81. KaitarFett
  82. BakerBruh
  83. Damage - yes blade - deposit sent
  84. cloudborn - ? blade - deposit sent
  85. djhao - no blade - deposit sent
  86. illiummusic
  87. mgoob
  88. mtrixman
  89. NeoRodimus
  90. BrundelFly
  91. sithmartyr
  92. Austinofastoria
  93. Beastcore
  94. skahtul
  95. Spankuh - ? blade - deposit sent
  96. sjensen - yes blade - deposit sent
  97. kjkelley
  98. Scimitar - yes blade - deposit sent
  99. MandoJedi - yes blade - deposit sent
  100. Jamesfett - yes blade - deposit sent
  101. Deekity
  102. Hanotron
  103. darth2518
  104. Lidocaine
  105. rockbottom
  106. stiltins
  107. djedi - yes blade - deposit sent
  108. L SKAAR L
  109. cboath
  110. Lobot82 - no blade - deposit sent





This is the Way


-Malibu & Slick
 
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Malibu139

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Good question, this is not the final model, but it is close. We plan to have a design that is hollow for an electronics chassis. We will design a way to accept both a blade and have it as a show piece by having an insert for the blade, and and insert for display.

Malibu
 

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GreyWolf937

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Hey everybody,

Ever since Moff Gideon sliced through the tie fighter at the end of season 1, I have wanted to make a darksaber to go with my Mando build. This is an interest thread for the production of a screen accurate anodized aluminum darksaber. Details below.

  • Here is a proof of concept file for visuals. File by Andy Valentine
  • We are in talks with a local machine shop that specializes in small to medium parts
  • Price projected to be $200, subject to change
  • Anodized black with silver highlights
  • Working on electronics compatibility
  • This hilt will be compatible with The Saber Trade's blades on Facebook. This will have a more screen accurate blade orientation than Hasbro
  • First run will be 20 slots with a down payment of $75 once slots are filled. If successful could become multiple runs

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  1. BrickMacklin
  2. Talsiri
  3. RiveDrifter
  4. jholt

















This is the Way


-Malibu & Slick
oh, i want in for sure, i was gonna get the Hasbro one cause the price was decent, but this is the way to go. :)
 

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Malibu139

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Just to clarify with everyone, this is a hilt only that is being designed to be compatible with The Saber Trades blades and certain electronics. Sorry for any confusion.
 

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