Luke Sky­walker’s lightsaber on dis­play in Cavendish

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The Force is strong with the new­est ex­hibit at Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve It or Not! Od­di­to­rium in Cavendish. Mar­itime Fun Group, which owns the lo­cal mu­seum of odd­i­ties, says it has se­cured the orig­i­nal lightsaber prop used by Mark Hamill in his por­trayal of Luke Sky­walker in the 1980 film “Star Wars: The Em­pire Strikes Back” for a lim­ited time show­ing. The prop is avail­able for view­ing by the pub­lic be­tween June 13 and July 2. The lightsaber was ac­quired by Ed­ward Meyer, vice-pres­i­dent of ex­hibits and ar­chives for Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve It or Not!, at auction in 2017 for $450,000. It is con­sid­ered one of the most iconic film props of all time, he said in a press re­lease Tues­day.

“Luke Sky­walker’s orig­i­nal lightsaber is the crown jewel in our Hol­ly­wood mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion,” said Meyer. Matthew Jel­ley, pres­i­dent of the Mar­itime Fun Group P.E.I., said he is hon­oured and ex­cited to host this im­por­tant piece of pop cul­ture his­tory. “We are ex­tremely lucky to be able to bring this piece of Star Wars mem­o­ra­bilia to the Mar­itimes,” said Jel­ley. “We are looking for­ward to shar­ing it with our fel­low Star Wars fans.” While fans can see the lightsaber dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours, there will also be a spe­cial event for Star Wars fan­boys and fan­girls on Satur­day, June 23. Cus­tomers who show up in their Star Wars cos­tumes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will re­ceive a spe­cial treat, though the com­pany is keep­ing ex­actly what that is un­der wraps for now. The prop it­self was built us­ing a 1930 Graflex cam­era flash gun and comes from the ar­chives of Gary Kurtz, pro­ducer of the first two Star Wars films.

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An orig­i­nal lightsaber prop used by ac­tor Mark Hamill in his por­trayal of Luke Sky­walker in the “Star Wars: The Em­pire Strikes Back” will be on dis­play at Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve It or Not! Od­di­to­rium in Cavendish for a lim­ited time.

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