Monday, January 15, 2018

The Force Beam


I remember watching an informercial in the 80s that interviewed the creator of the "Force Beam". He claimed he invented it while walking around a department store and it was just a golf tube stuck on a flashlight.

I'm sure George Lucas had steam coming out his ears when he saw kids playing with these.
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4 comments:

John Addison said...

A kid brought one to our babysitters house one day. Coolest thing ever! I imagine those things broke often with the abuse they took.

JFStan said...

YES! This is the exact lightsaber knock-off I had as a kid. It really was just an off-the-shelf flashlight with a white tube, plus it had a black "hilt guard" which was, in all probability, another re-purposed part. But, it sure did (literally) beat the heck out of the inflatable lightsaber that Kenner put out!

baby sprinkles said...

Let mr lucas boil and steam. Who asked him to sell his life and legacy? Not us although he could have done better on the 2nd half of his.....stories?

Anonymous said...

What's really frightening is I remember the info-mercial. It was about how you can become a millionaire by marketing a great toy idea. The unspoken "catch" was you either had to come up with a brilliant (no pun intended) knock-off or recognize the potential for a great toy someone else invented, buy it out from them for a pittance and then develop it using the show's Secret Proven Method.

As far as info-mericals went, it was a stand-out for the level of openly ruthless greed that accompany the "get rich quick" mentality.

Other success stories included the Ant Farm and The Spud Gun. These days, with vastly more sophisticated (and aggressive) corporate legal teams, I wonder if "The Force Beam" would be able to go quite so far in its "inspiration". The Force Beam is a very close copy of the original toy lightsaber even copying the inflation collar.

http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/KennerLightSaberInstruct2.jpg

http://www.starwars.com/news/playing-jedi-the-history-of-toy-lightsabers

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