The Force is lukewarm with this one.
Disney debuted a “real” lightsaber Friday at the SXSW film festival in Texas during a presentation led by Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro.
The special effects device, an iconic piece of the “Star Wars” franchise, was unveiled as part of Disney’s insanely expensive Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience.
“It’s a true ‘wow’ moment for our guests and for me. As you can tell, I love firing this thing up as much as I possibly can,” D’Amaro said in a video of the demonstration posted to Twitter by Disney’s food blog.
D’Amaro activated the saber, which extends out and makes all the noises and sounds “Star Wars” fans will instantly recognize.
“This was a hard project,” Leslie Evans, who runs research and development for Disney Imagineering, told D’Amaro on stage. “This was not easy. But it was absolutely worth it.”
“Because as you can see, this is a way to feel like you’re in the film. It is such an iconic moment,” continued Evans.
Yet the hilt of the “official” saber has been criticized for being “too bulky” and not featuring enough detail.
Disney sells lightsaber collectibles, some which cost more than $200, but have been praised for their quality.
The “real” saber appears to have divided the wide galaxy of “Star Wars” fans.
“Neat,” snarked one Twitter user. “The hilt is too bulky and the blade is too short, so you unfortunately will not be allowed to release this, but keep up the great work!”
“Real my a–,” said another.
“Don’t care, StarWars is Dead,” slammed a third.
“My God I never wanted something SO MUCH,” gushed one fan.
Disney has not announced plans to sell the saber to the general public.
The Post reached out to the media giant for comment.
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