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#1 Lt. Col. Thok

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 05:01 PM

I noticed that, around 2005, Lego stopped using the classic shiny lightsabers that had represented Star Wars for over 5 years.  Does anyone know why they were replaced? (I suppose it was because they were prone to flaking...)
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 05:04 PM

The chroming process is expensive. In order to save money so the sets don't get more expensive they produce the grey ones to compensate for the chrome ones.  Personally I like the chromed ones a lot more, but you gotta go with what they give ya.
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 05:28 PM

View Postmeschepers, on Feb 6 2008, 05:04 PM, said:

The chroming process is expensive. In order to save money so the sets don't get more expensive they produce the grey ones to compensate for the chrome ones

Basically this ^

some 2006 and 2007 sets had chrome sabers i think, my ISD, jabba's sail barge and x wing had them

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 06:13 AM

So did the Sith infiltrator.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 08:28 AM

One of my chrome ones split, and I wonder if the grey onesīre more solid.... they look so,
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 08:31 AM

Yes, I prefer the chrome lightsaber. 8-|  But you can find them in the aimant sets. ;-)
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 09:09 AM

that would be "magnets" not "aimants"  ;-)

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:10 AM

They flake?  Wow.  Never had one flake on me yet.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 10:53 PM

View PostDoctor Sinister, on Feb 9 2008, 05:10 AM, said:

They flake?  Wow.  Never had one flake on me yet.

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Neither did I, until I disassembled a Final Duel set I'd had on display for 3+ years.  When I pulled the lightsabers out of Luke and Vader's hands, I was surprised to see an odd milky-gray plastic peeking through the damaged chrome.  Like the Castle Greatswords, chrome lightsabers can flake even if used gently.  I'd replace them, but they cost $1 each on Bricklink.  

For that reason, I think the shift to bley lightsaber hilts is better for the long-term durability of sets, and saves money for both the consumer and TLG.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:30 PM

Everyone above me has basicly said what happend.

Either that, or it's TLG being cheap-o's. Again.
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:55 AM

It's not a big deal.  Shiny lighsader hilts are still around, and are in no danger of dissappearing; it's just that they can't be put into many sets, and no more then one per set, because of the high cost of chrome pieces.
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 03:08 AM

which is also why theyre not making a chrome-nose N-1 naboo starfighter, but the UCS one was nice...

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 05:45 AM

View PostDoctor Sinister, on Feb 9 2008, 09:10 PM, said:

They flake?  Wow.  Never had one flake on me yet.

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Most of my Chrome lightsabres are flaked  :-(  i need to get more SW sets!  *vader*

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 02:53 PM

View PostDoctor Sinister, on Feb 9 2008, 06:10 AM, said:

They flake?  Wow.  Never had one flake on me yet.

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I never realized that they flaked until I compared some of my broadswords to me lightsabers - they were in horrible condition... :-/
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