LucasFilm tries to stop sale of lasers that can set fire to skin

07.06.10 9 years ago 24 Comments

It’s not often I get to write about ACTUAL LASERS, but today is one of those days.  Above you can see the Spyder III Pro Arctic Laser from Wicked Lasers.  LucasFilm is demanding they halt production because it looks too much like a light saber.  But first, let me tell you how face-meltingly awesome this product sounds.  Wicked Lasers’ website seems to be down, but here’s their description of the product via SlashFilm:

This direct blue laser diode is the result of the evolution of laser technology. Less than one year ago, this laser would have cost thousands of dollars to build. Don’t let the Arctic name fool you, this laser possesses the most burning capabilities of any portable laser in existence. That’s why it’s also the most dangerous laser ever created.
Warning: Extremely dangerous is an understatement to the power of 1W of laser power. It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when using the included eye protection. Customers will be required to completely read and agree to our Class IV Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form. (here’s more from GammaSquad)

LucasFilm is demanding they stop making the lasers, saying they’re clearly designed to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars despite not receiving any licensing or permission from LucasFilm.  BUT WAIT, DID YOU JUST SAY IT CAN INSTANTLY SET FIRE TO SKIN??  Supposedly that’s what you’re NOT supposed to do with the laser, but it’s a bit unclear what you ARE supposed to do with it.  Look, dude, you tell me it has the most burning capabilities of any portable laser, you know damned well I’m going to use it to smite mine enemies.  It’s either that or burning “NO FAT CHICKS” into the facade of the wooden church late at night.  I only hope I can score one of these before the place goes out of business, in order to begin my transition from pantsless shut-in to actual super villain.  Neighborhood cats, you are officially on notice.

To me the most incredible thing about this video is that the guy made it through the entire thing without once making light saber sounds with his mouth.

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