LucasFilm Threatens Legal Action Over Superpowered Blue Laser
Lucasfilms, however, is not impressed. Ol' George's legal team took one look at the Spyder III Pro and promptly issued a cease-and-desist letter to Wicked Lasers, arguing that their lasers infringe on the classic Star Wars lightsaber and could cause customer confusion. They further note that the Arctic Spyder III is "a highly dangerous product with the potential to cause blindness, burns and other damage to people and/or property." We agree with Lucasfilm, insomuch as a 1W laser that can set people on fire is more dangerous than a plastic lightsaber that might be used for a little light bludgeoning.
A lightsaber functions by first focusing a plasma stream on a crystal or series of crystals. From there: "the plasma was sent through a series of field energizers and modulation circuitry within the emitter matrix that further focused it, making it into a coherent beam of energy that was projected from the emitter. The blade typically extended about a meter before being arced by the blade containment field back to a negatively charged fissure ringing the emitter, where it was channeled back to the power cell by a superconductor, completing the circuit."
Lightsabers can chop off limbs, block solid projectiles and energy blasts, and function perfectly underwater. They're capable of cutting through almost every known alloy or metal, they cauterize wounds, and they make a really cool sound when activated. Unless trained on an inanimate object or a person in a walker, the Spyder Pro III can't do any of those things.
Lucas' legal beagles have nothing to worry about. We'd love to own an Arctic Spyder III Pro, but it's not even a tenth as cool as owning an actual lightsaber would be. For that reason alone, we think George's precious copyrights and trademarks are perfectly safe.