The most iconic prop in Star Wars is undoubtedly the lightsaber. In the film, the lightsaber is the sword of the Jedi and the Sith, consisting of a hilt and a blade. The hilt is covered in complex parts and a lightsaber crystal that acts as a battery. The wielder of the lightsaber infuses it with the Force, creating a magnetic field and a connection through their thoughts. Different colored crystals emit different colored beams, reflecting the lightsaber’s performance and the wielder’s style. For example, the red lightsaber commonly used by the evil Sith has become a symbol of dominance and terror, while Yoda’s green lightsaber represents speed and kindness. In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Darth Vader briefly appears and creates an unparalleled horror effect. In the darkness, you can only hear Darth Vader’s chilling wheezing breath, then he activates the lightsaber’s switch, and the deep red beam instantly illuminates the cramped cockpit and Darth Vader’s imposing figure, accompanied by the hum of the lightsaber’s magnetic field. This hum is a combination of the noise from an old projector and the sound produced by placing a microphone without its casing close to the TV. Leia’s guard frantically shoots at him, but all the bullets are intercepted by the lightsaber, splashing countless sparks. Darth Vader uses the Force to pierce the soldiers’ bodies with the rebounding bullets, and all the weapons and soldiers are simultaneously attracted and thrown away by the Force. The lightsaber continues to flash terrifyingly, depicting the horror and power brought by the combination of the lightsaber and the Force. Besides its immense power, the lightsaber is also a symbol of the wielder’s thoughts. I believe this is one of the most successful fantasies in the Star Wars series.The color of a lightsaber blade in the Star Wars universe is determined by the kyber crystal that powers it, and one particular color, orange, holds a special significance. It is often associated with the Jedi Temple Guards, who wielded them to protect the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. In the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, players can obtain an orange lightsaber crystal, which they can use to construct their own orange lightsaber. This makes the orange lightsaber a popular choice among players who want a unique and personalized lightsaber. In addition to Fallen Order, the orange lightsaber is also featured in other Star Wars games, such as Knights of the Old Republic and The Force Unleashed. In these games, players can choose their lightsaber color, including orange. However, the color of a lightsaber often reflects the personality and beliefs of the Jedi or Sith who wields it, rather than being predetermined by their affiliation.
The film features costumes with different styles, from different eras and classes, all appearing in the same space and time. Darth Vader’s black suit exudes intimidation, the Imperial stormtrooper’s armor has a strong mechanical feel, Princess Leia’s clothing has a classical style, Luke’s outfit is simple and medieval, Han Solo has a typical cowboy attire, and the standardized military uniforms of Imperial officers are all dazzling. In terms of individual character design, Padmé Amidala’s costume style is the most complex. Padmé’s clothing combines many regional characteristics from China, Egypt, the Middle East, Mongolia, Greece, Japan, and more, mostly combining classical and futuristic styles that are vastly different. In a romantic and beautiful scene where Padmé and Anakin fall in love, her backless long dress has a Greek court color, but the metal decoration on her neck is typical of science fiction. Her wedding dress features Victorian lace and embroidery patterns. Her other costumes include a Chinese-style collar, a Japanese umbrella, Roman pleats, and Tsar Nicholas II-style clothing. Regardless of which regional style is used, the above costumes all feature futuristic science fiction elements such as metal and geometric patterns, highlighting the characteristics of the science fiction genre. The red mark on Padmé’s lips and her pale face are reminiscent of the makeup of Tang Dynasty women in China, but the creator has given this makeup a special meaning. The lip makeup is named “Memory Scar,” symbolizing the painful years of Naboo before the “great era of peace” arrived, making it an important part of alien culture.
Darth Vader’s black suit is the most imposing costume in the film, resembling a skull, with a helmet that expands outward from the mouth, emitting a metallic hissing sound when Darth Vader breathes. The main function of this suit is to sustain Darth Vader’s life. As we all know, in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi cut off Darth Vader’s limbs and threw him into the lava. The evil Sith saved him and designed this life support system for him, with a composite breathing tube to maintain his free breathing and movement, and armor made of fire-resistant metal that can withstand lightsaber damage. The display in the helmet has ultraviolet and infrared modes, allowing him to see in the dark. The helmet also enhances Darth Vader’s sensitivity to the Force. To the ordinary audience, this suit only enhances his intimidation, but it actually has a profound mystery, reflecting the imagination and rigorous attitude of Star Wars in its details.
As soon as the film was released, the alien culture consisting of the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader, R2-D2, and the Death Star became a huge attraction, quickly becoming part of popular culture. The film’s imaginative robots and aliens were also a major highlight. The chatty and loyal C-3PO is a public relations robot with a humanoid metal shell, and the actor’s mechanical and slow movements are hilarious. R2-D2 is a small cylindrical robot that, although unable to speak, has many functions such as repairing equipment, sending and receiving signals, and playing holographic images. R2-D2 conveys its emotions and intentions through a red signal light and beeping sounds, and its cute appearance has been loved by fans. Chewbacca is a tall, furry creature with a primate-like appearance, with a hot temper but full of warmth. These character images have become the hallmark of the Star Wars brand.