The force is strong with two “Star Wars” fanatics looking to do battle with the dark side.
SabersPro — a Long Island, NY startup founded by two wannabe Jedis — is selling high-end “realistic” lightsabers to deep-pocketed fans of the epic George Lucas franchise.
Marketed mainly to adults as collector’s items or cosplay props, the sabers range in price from $89.95 for the more generic models, to as much as $660.95 for the company’s specialty designs.
“Nothing says ‘Star Wars’ more than the iconic lightsaber,” said SabersPro co-founder Sergey Kogan in an interview with Newsday.
Kogan, 43, launched the company last year with his 19-year-old brother-in-law Lev Glushkovskii. The pair immigrated to the US from Russia — Kogan 25 years ago and Glushkovskii in 2019 — and have been lifelong fans of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Princess Leia.
“The idea of defending the galaxy with a laser sword against blasters was inspiring to me,” Kogan told the outlet.
The SabersPro products are made of aluminum, and come with an “impact-resistant polycarbonate blade with sophisticated sound and light effects,” according to the company’s website.
The lightsabers are programmed with sensors that are able to mimic the look and sound of the blade contacting another object. Some of the more expensive models come with gyroscopic motion detectors that create “realistic lightsaber noises in response to motion.”
Kogan would not reveal how many sabers the company has sold, according to Newsday.
While dozens of companies over the past two decades, including Hasbro, have made higher-end mock lightsabers for the adult market, SabersPro is one of the few that actually label their products as lightsabers on their website.
Lucasfilm, and corporate parent Disney, have a history of suing unlicensed lightsaber manufacturers, but Kogan said he is not worried.
“So long as we don’t associate with a character directly, We keep everything in the area of law,” he told Newsday, adding that his company is “beneficial to Lucasfilm to keep culture and community alive.”
The Post reached out to Lucasfilm for comment.
SabersPro’s founders are headed into what they anticipate to be the busiest time of year, with next month’s New York Comic Con being a huge draw for “Star Wars” paraphernalia. It could also benefit from the latest Star Wars-inspired series on Disney+, “Andor,” which premiered Wednesday.