Is Star Wars Land’s $200 Lightsaber Price It?

Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers is the most well-liked factor in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and goes to be the new ticket at each Walt Disney World and Disneyland. On this assessment, we’ll share pictures & video from this build-your-own lightsaber store and provide commentary about whether or not it’s definitely worth the $200 and time funding. This assessment accommodates a spoiler-free part, adopted by a warning, then a piece with photograph/video and outline spoilers.

Savi’s Workshop is an unassuming storefront situated in the midst of Black Spire Outpost subsequent to Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and Droid Depot. Underneath the steerage of the Gatherers, visitors are ushered right into a covert workshop the place they’re utilizing uncommon elements to construct lightsabers amidst the First Order.

Initially, we deliberate on skipping Savi’s Workshop. To be sincere, I laughed on the concept of a $200 lightsaber, and may need used the phrase “sucker” to explain our buddy who needed to do it. That is no knock at Star Wars followers (properly, I suppose it’s), however I spend cash on loads of issues others would take into account foolish or frivolous, so to every their very own. Because you’re seeing this assessment, we did find yourself doing Savi’s Workshop, so there’s additionally that…

Earlier than we delve into the nuts and the bolts of Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, let’s begin with the titular query. I’ll stage with you; regardless of that title, this actually isn’t expressly about whether or not the lightsaber itself is value $200. I can’t envision a single state of affairs by which I’d view a lightsaber as being value $200. Maybe as soon as the know-how will get to the purpose that it’s an precise software I can use to carve a Thanksgiving turkey or defend myself towards the First Order, however even then, it’d be a troublesome promote. To somebody, I’m positive a lightsaber might be value $200. I’m not that particular person, although.

With that mentioned, the lightsaber itself has heft to it, is substantial, and feels actually good within the hand. Then once more, I’ve by no means wielded a high-end lightsaber, and am evaluating this (no joke) to the economic design of my DSLR digital camera lenses. For all I do know, this might be on the low finish of replica-caliber lightsabers. I do know that it’s considerably nicer than something I’ve ever seen in Walt Disney World or Disneyland.

For me, the query about whether or not that is “value it” comes right down to the handbuilt lightsaber itself plus the overarching expertise at Savi’s Workshop. As you’ll learn within the assessment that follows, we have been completely blown away by the present part of Savi’s Workshop and have zero regrets that we did it. The workshop itself together with having a nighttime lightsaber battle under the Millennium Falcon rank extremely among the many issues we did in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Nevertheless, worth is within the eye of the beholder and it’s very a lot a your mileage might fluctuate kind of factor. Finally, you’re a 25 minute expertise plus a lightsaber for $200 and no matter time dedication it takes to safe the Savi’s Workshop reservation slot. The second half of that’s not insignificant. Savi’s will possible be much more tough to do going ahead–to the purpose that the chance value of doing Savi’s Workshop may overshadow the financial value.

This brings us to the capability of Savi’s Workshop, which is abysmal. There’s rather a lot to be mentioned for the intimate setting of the workshop, which undoubtedly enhances the present. Nonetheless, the choice to make this a single room (somewhat than modeling it after multi-room meet & greets) is a puzzling one. The result’s a store with an hourly capability of below 50 lightsabers.

Shortage is the opposite purpose why the query of worth is almost irrelevant. With such a low variety of day by day time slots for Savi’s and such a excessive variety of Star Wars followers with surplus disposable earnings (or prepared to avoid wasting and splurge for one thing particular), Savi’s might cost double its present costs and by no means have an issue filling up. (To not give Disney any concepts…)

As famous above, our plan was to skip Savi’s Workshop. I might’ve carried out it through the preview with no wait or once more on opening day with minimal wait, however gave it zero thought in each situations for the reason that $200 value was a non-starter for me. On a subsequent go to to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Man Selga of TouringPlans provided to let me be his visitor within the workshop if I filmed him constructing a lightsaber. Wanting to see contained in the store free of charge, I obliged.

This was through the limited-capacity reservations interval of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, and our technique for snagging a spot at Savi’s Workshop was lining as much as enter the land at rope drop actually early, and racing on to Savi’s. I don’t wish to give attention to the method an excessive amount of, as I think that is going to vary as Disney figures out what works and doesn’t operationally.

I’ll say that through the timed entry interval (which, once more, is restricted capability), Savi’s Workshop was filling all of its slots for every Four-hour block inside the first 2 minutes of the slot opening. Should you weren’t close to the entrance of the pack and didn’t race instantly to Savi’s Workshop (and never get misplaced or sidetracked alongside the way in which), you weren’t getting in. We noticed a number of disenchanted visitors.

Not desirous to do Single Rider on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run 10 instances by herself, Sarah tagged together with Man and me to sign-up for Savi’s Workshop. As we waited in line, an all-too-common phenomenon (a minimum of with us) occurred: we tried to rationalize shopping for our personal lightsaber so each of us might enter the workshop and have the full Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expertise.

Not having the “want” for a lightsaber, we debated giving our completed lightsaber as a present to a Star Wars-loving relative or working a contest on the weblog (that’s precisely what TouringPlans is doing). These concepts are each far too beneficiant for us (socks make an incredible present, and park maps are adequate giveaway fodder), so we as an alternative went the route of conserving it. The neighbors simply obtained a brand new canine and as soon as he will get huge, we’re clearly going to want one thing to guard ourselves from the barbarous beast.

The method of ready, signing up, ready, pre-paying, returning, ready, and having our group referred to as to enter Savi’s Workshop took loads of time. We did cellular order (and eat) breakfast at Docking Bay 7 and likewise journey Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run throughout a few of these waits, however we had practically 2 hours of “misplaced time” as properly. That’s extra time than it might’ve taken if the system for the workshop have been streamlined, however far much less time than if Star Wars Land have been merely a free-for-all with lengthy strains all over the place. (Trace trace, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.)

Should you’ve already determined you wish to do Savi’s Workshop and are solely not going to do it within the occasion that one thing discourages you, cease studying now. This isn’t going to be that “one thing.” We beloved the expertise, would do it once more if cash have been no subject, and would extremely suggest moving into with out having something about it spoiled for you.

Once more, to keep away from spoilers, cease studying/scrolling now…

For now, Savi’s Workshop really is a ‘covert’ location: there’s no discernible signage, and save for the lengthy line, crowds, and money registers exterior, it doesn’t even look like a storefront in step with the design-style of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Previous to paying, you’ll choose one of many 4 themes. These are Peace and Justice (with salvaged scraps from fallen Jedi temples and starships in Republic-era designs), Energy and Management (cast by darkish facet warriors, utilizing remnants from the Sith homeworld), Elemental Nature (embodying the Drive and comprised of residing issues, like Brylark timber, Cartusion whale bones, and many others.) and Safety & Protection (mysterious supplies that reconnect customers with the traditional wellspring of the Drive). These are a place to begin, with the precise items chosen and assembled inside the workshop.

After paying your $200 (plus tax), you can be given your pin and a credential that can function your group quantity. The pin is your key to enter the secretive workshop and it additionally identifies which of the Four lightsaber designs you’ve chosen. Naturally, we selected Elemental Nature as a result of one of many choices for that could be a Rancor tooth. We felt that’d give us probably the most avenue cred in intimidating the neighbor’s canine. (As we all know from firsthand publicity, dachshunds are ferocious.)

As soon as your group is among the many subsequent to enter the store, you’ll be allowed to enter a courtyard the place you’ll wait to be allowed entrance by one of many Gatherers. Inside Savi’s Workshop, introductions are made and a solemn tone is established for the ceremony of crafting a lightsaber. The Gatherers go over Jedi historical past, lightsaber lore, and the facility of the Drive. It’s a very good preface, and successfully units the temper.

Following that, you select a kyber crystal, which is able to give your lightsaber its coloration. The choices are purple, blue, inexperienced, or (for the Samuel L. Jackson followers on the market) purple.

At “solely” $13 every, kyber crystals are most likely probably the greatest items of merchandise in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; every one modifications the colour of your lightsaber blade.

You’ll additionally obtain a hilt equipment with the mandatory elements to select from to assemble your hilt. Every field of elements consists of 1 hilt, Four sleeves (choose 2), 2 emitters (choose 1), 2 pommel caps (choose 1), 2 units of activation plates, and switches (choose 1 set). Gatherers flow into to help on this course of, which takes a number of minutes.

We’d suggest ending shortly to present your self a couple of minutes to understand the themed design of the workshop. It’s good, and also you’ll most likely solely ever be in right here as soon as.

As soon as everyone seems to be completed assembling their hilts, Gatherers assist connect the hilts into meeting pods at every constructing bay. That is when the bonding ceremony begins, which is the spotlight and wow second of the entire expertise at Savi’s Workshop.

On the conclusion of this, the blade of the lightsaber is ‘magically’ connected and everybody raises and prompts their lightsabers in unison because the voice of Yoda enters the chamber.

I had the Yoda portion of this spoiled for me previous to this (as I by no means thought I’d do it), and my preliminary response was disappointment that it wasn’t a hologram of Yoda making an look.

Whereas that might’ve undoubtedly been cooler, it’s inconceivable to place into phrases simply how cool the fruits of this ceremony is.

Savi’s Workshop hits the entire proper emotional notes; there’s a way of urgency, solemnity, and delight upon completion. Yeah, you’re simply assembling a glorified toy lightsaber, but it surely seems like a lot extra.

We each agreed that this was a very highly effective expertise, and we are saying this as people who find themselves not closely invested in Star Wars. I can solely think about how shifting it might be for somebody who grew up on Star Wars, and has a powerful nostalgic bond.

Finally, now we have zero regrets dropping $200 to do Savi’s Workshop. I’m really glad we didn’t go along with the unique plan of solely me getting into (free of charge) to look at our buddy construct his lightsaber, as a result of my response to Sarah upon exiting would’ve been, “you need to see that.”

The truth is, Sarah’s response upon exiting Savi’s Workshop was, “now we have to do this once more and get one other lightsaber so we every have one.” 

We undoubtedly aren’t going to do this, however we most likely will find yourself shopping for extra kyber crystals. The purpose right here is that our first impressions–at the same time as frugal individuals who aren’t hardcore Star Wars followers–have been so satisfying and the top consequence so cool that we have been high quality having dropped $200 on it.

Even at that price-point, Savi’s Workshop is actually one thing particular. That is going to be the most well liked ticket at each Walt Disney World and Disneyland as soon as they work out learn how to provide honest advance reservations for Savi’s Workshop. It’s not going to be one thing that everybody can afford to do by way of time or cash, but it surely’s one thing we suggest as a splurge for many who can do it. You received’t remorse it.

Should you’re planning on visiting the brand new land, you’ll additionally wish to learn our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Information. This covers a spread of matters from fundamentals concerning the land and its location, to strategically selecting a lodge to your keep, really useful technique for the land, and the way early to reach to beat the crowds. It’s a very good primer for this big addition.

Your Ideas

Have you ever stepped inside Savi’s Workshop for Handbuilt Lightsabers? Is it one thing you’d love to do, or is the $200 pricetag a non-starter for you? Should you’ve carried out it, do you agree or disagree with our evaluation? Assume it was (or shall be) definitely worth the time and money dedication? Any questions? Listening to your suggestions—even while you disagree with us—is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas under within the feedback!

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