The Weapon of a Jedi?
The gang here at good ol' PU sense a great disturbance in the force - literally! Last month, Hong Kong company, Wicked Lasers introduced the new Spyder III. This laser is the real deal kids and looks a little too much like a Star Wars lightsaber (or Dr. Who's sonic screwdriver, depending on what side of the pond your geek falls).
For $200.00, you can nab yourself one of these dark beauties that come with this little warning to consumers:
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.
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Evidentally, this not only caught the attention of many websites and consumers, but also the lawyers who represent Lucasfilm. Their General Counsel, David Anderman, has already notified the gang at Wicked to stop production on their Jedi-styled weapon:
It has come to our attention that a company called Wicked Lasers is selling a highly dangerous product out of Hong Kong that is designed to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars. This product is not licensed or approved by Lucasfilm in any way. We have demanded that Wicked Lasers immediately cease and desist their infringing activities. As Wicked Lasers itself admits, this product can cause serious injury to the user and other people. We strongly discourage consumers from purchasing it.
Don't get us wrong - we here at Pittsburgh Underground love George Lucas and all things Star Wars, but we also have appetite for mayhem (a moral flexibility if you will). So what do you think? Should Wicked Lasers stop being so wicked and shut down production? Should they just modify their design so it doesn't look like Vadar built it? Should they stop production all together? We want to know what you think!