It's easy to figure out exactly when Star Wars fans first started building their own replica lightsabers — it was almost certainly the same day the original film premiered back in 1977. And if the triple-bladed lightsaber seen in the teaser for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens has inspired your DIY side, this infographic will walk you through building a simple replica that actually lights up.
Your first step is a trip to your local electronics and hardware stores to get all of the various components you'll need for your build, and thankfully the rest of the steps, including the actual assembly process, sounds just as easy. In other words, you don't need to be a fully-trained Jedi Knight with a Masters in electrical engineering to build one yourself — just a healthy obsession with Star Wars and a free afternoon. [PureGaming]