What we're about

This group is open to all Star Wars fans and users of the Force, either Jedis or Siths (we don't discriminate against the Dark Side!). It's primarily for those interested in either Star Wars cosplay or LIGHTSABERS -- buying lightsabers , building lightsabers, trading parts and accessories for lightsabers, or just showing off your favorite lightsabers to your fellow Star Wars fans! We'll also talk about all things Star Wars, from movies to books. There are now at least 10 live-action Star Wars movies (counting episodes 1-8, Han Solo and Rogue One), and I have all 10 of them on DVD!

We can also practice dueling with lightsabers. I have a martial arts target at my house that we can use to safely practice dueling without needing any protective equipment! We may also do some light sparring between members, but before sparring against humans or humanoids, members will have to sign an "at your own risk" waiver, and protective gear is recommended for sparring against humans or humanoids. Star Wars costumes with helmets and gloves may prove useful here, so although Imperial Stormtroopers, clone soldiers, and bounty hunters don't usually carry lightsabers in the Star Wars universe, we can make exceptions to ensure safe dueling! Of course, Darth Vader is a helmeted character who used lightsabers, and the Emperor's Red Guard are other helmeted characters who used lightsabers. There are Rebel X-wing fighter pilot helmets available (with faceplates) that would be good for dueling as a Luke Skywalker (I have the motorcycle version of the Rebel X-wing fighter pilot helmet!) For safety, dueling blades should have round tips, not pointed or "bullet-shaped" tips, so bear that in mind when purchasing blades.

Beginners welcome! We're open to Jedis and Siths of all skill levels, whether you're still a young apprentice seeking advice about where to buy your first lightsaber, or you own several lightsabers and are looking for people with whom to practice lightsaber dueling, or you build lightsabers from scratch just like Luke Sywalker learned to do.

Cosplayers are welcome too, although cosplay is not required. A good excuse for not having a lightsaber would be if you prefer to cosplay the many Star Wars characters who don't use lightsabers, such as Imperial Stormtroopers, Death Star officers, or "rebel scum" like Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian! For those who agree with Han Solo that "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster by your side," we'll share information about how to build your own blaster or where to buy one from rebel smugglers.

Meetings: We'll try to meet locally in the greater Woodbridge, NJ area at least once a month, either at restaurants (such as Panera Bread, where I also hold my meetups for the Woodbridge Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup), at a member's home, or at a special event. Some of the special events some of us plan to attend include science fiction conventions (sci-fi cons), comiccons, Star Wars movies (Episode 9 is coming 12/20/2019), showings of Star Wars movies on DVD or Blu-Ray at member's houses, etc. (again, I have all 10 live-action Star Wars movies on DVD). I expect us to have a Star-Wars-themed Halloween costume party (location TBD).

For a good source of general information about lightsabers, see https://sabersourcing.com/

WHERE TO BUY LIGHTSABERS; For your first adult, duel-worthy lightsaber, if you're on a budget (and who isn't?), I recommend Kyberlight (https://kyberlight.com (https://kyberlight.com/)), because I believe Kyberlight is the best value for high-quality, adult, duel-worthy, metal-hilt lightsabers with heavy-grade polycarbonate blades. Their sabers are inexpensive, especially considering they come fully functional right out of the box (unlike other companies, which make you spend extra money on sound boards, LED light emitters, switches, and/or other electronics), are fully customizable (pommel, emitter, sleeve, and blade), and ship fairly quickly. For only $149, you can get a fully-functional metal lightsaber with a heavy blade that will stand up to dueling! Kyberlight also has a lifetime warranty on their blades, and a 2-year warranty on their electronics. (FYI, I'm about to find out how good their warranty service is on their electronics, so stay tuned!) One drawback to Kyberlight is that their blades have pointed (bullet-shaped) tips, and for dueling, round tips are safer (which is why they're REQUIRED by TSL, but this Meetup is not affiliated with TSL). However, 1" blades from other companies will also fit Kyberlight hilts, and blades are inexpensive, generally from $20 to $40. Suggestion: buy the hilt from Kyberlight (for only $129) without the blade, then use the $20 savings from not buying a blade from Kyberlight towards buying a blade from one of their competitors listed below, in whatever length you prefer.

At other companies, you may have to spend more, but I can also recommend Ultrasabers ( https://ultrasabers.com/ ), one of the "big three" lightsaber makers, where I especially like their 24-inch "Initiate" blades (easy to carry on your hip), and Ultrasabers ships quickly, too. Saberforge ( https://saberforge.com/ ) is also one of the "big three" lightsaber makers, but I've heard they're very slow to ship (taking months, not weeks, months). Vader's Vault ( https://vadersvault.com/ ) is also one of the "big three", but is the most expensive of the Big Three, so you may get sticker shock if you go there first before checking out less expensive companies such as Kyberlight! However, Vader's Vault is an excellent source for blades, which will fit any lightsaber that takes 1" or even 7/8" blades. Finally, the Custom Saber Shop ( https://www.thecustomsabershop.com/ ) has a great selection of items for DIY people looking to make their own lightsaber or customize a lightsaber.

And then there are the Hasbro lighsabers, which are officially licensed by Disney to produce replicas of the Star Wars movie lightsabers. From my understanding (I don't own one), these look good, but even though they cost about $150, they are not sturdy enough for dueling.

BLADE LENGTHS: For someone 5' 9" (like me) or shorter, 24" to 30" blades are good if you plan to wear the lightsaber on our belt with the blade attached, but if you're taller (or if you don't plan on wearing the lightsaber on your belt with blade attached), you can choose a longer blade. Blade lengths can vary greatly, between 16" (for staffs) and 40", and they're not easy to cut to size, so choose wisely, padawan! I like the 24-inch "Initiate" blades from Ultrasabers, which are very bright even in the heavy-weight versions, and would be even brighter in their midgrade versions, but YMMV.

On May 4th (Star Wars Day), you will find the best sales for lightsabers from practically every company in the galaxy!
For a comprehensive list of lightsaber companies, see https://sabersourcing.com/list-of-lightsaber-companies/

Disclaimer: this Meetup group is not affiliated with any lightsaber manufacturer, nor are we affiliated with The Saber Legion (TSL). FYI, The Saber Legion (TSL) is devoted purely to lightsaber dueling as a martial art (just like fencing, with as much protective gear as fencing), but unlike our Meetup, TSL specifically forbids cosplay or any discussion of the Jedi religion, the Sith religion, or Star Wars politics! Our Star Wars meetup, on the other hand, encourages cosplay and allows discussion of the Jedi religion, the Sith religion, and politics -- as long as you're not a fan of evil emperor Donald Trump. Fans of Emperor Palpatine are tolerated, but Cult-45 followers of evil Emperor Trump are frowned on by the Jedi Council!

Upcoming events (5+)

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic-Con!

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Join tens of thousands of fans as they converge at Wizard World Philadelphia to celebrate the best in pop culture. Wizard World Philadelphia is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended pop culture tour and has it all - Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles & More! SHOW HOURS Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 4:00pm-9:00pm Friday, June 14, 2019 - 12:00pm – 7:00pm Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00am – 7:00pm Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 10:00am – 4:00pm IMPORTANT: This is a comic-con, not a Meetup event, so doing an RSVP on Meetup.com obviously will NOT register you for the event! Instead, use the link below to register and buy your tickets. There are still tickets available for all days! Click on this link to register and buy your tickets: https://www.tixr.com/amp/z1h0b/10320

Meet your fellow Jedi Knights and Sith Lords!

Panera Bread

The date of our July monthly meetup has been changed to July 20th, to avoid conflict with the Shore Leave convention (and also because July 20th is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing). Meet your fellow Jedi Knights and Sith Lords! Bring a lightsaber(s) if you have one (with or without the blades). I'll bring a lightsaber or two, and maybe some spare parts to trade (e.g. blades and pommels). You can also come in costume if you want, but you don't have to. NOTE: most of our meetings at Panera Bread will take place immediately after the Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Meetup in the same location (because I'm the organizer for both groups), so don't be surprised to see a half-dozen Sci-Fi writers at the table at the beginning of the meetup. Some of them are Star Wars fans too, so I'm hoping for cross-pollination between the two Meetup groups, e.g. some of them may stay for both meetups.

Meet your fellow Jedi Knights and Sith Lords!

Panera Bread

Meet your fellow Jedi Knights and Sith Lords! Bring a lightsaber(s) if you have one (with or without the blades). I'll bring a lightsaber (or two), and spare parts to trade (e.g. blades and pommels). You can also come in costume if you want, but you don't have to. NOTE: most of our meetings at Panera Bread will take place immediately after the Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Meetup in the same location (because I'm the organizer for both groups), so don't be surprised to see a half-dozen Sci-Fi writers at the table at the beginning of the meetup. Some of them are Star Wars fans too, so I'm hoping for cross-pollination between the two Meetup groups, e.g. some of them may stay for both meetups.

Meet your fellow Jedi Knights and Sith Lords!

Panera Bread

Meet your fellow Jedi Knights and Sith Lords! Bring a lightsaber(s) if you have one (with or without the blades). I'll bring a lightsaber (or two), and spare parts to trade (e.g. blades and pommels). You can also come in costume if you want, but you don't have to. NOTE: most of our meetings at Panera Bread will take place immediately after the Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Meetup in the same location (because I'm the organizer for both groups), so don't be surprised to see a half-dozen Sci-Fi writers at the table at the beginning of the meetup. Some of them are Star Wars fans too, so I'm hoping for cross-pollination between the two Meetup groups, e.g. some of them may stay for both meetups.

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