The Luke Building His Lightsaber Scene Does Exist

Today at Star Wars Celebration V saw the announcement of all six Star Wars movies on Blu-ray. The set will be out in 2011 and have a Force-load of extras, including at least one scene that fans have debated on ever existing: a scene where Luke builds his green lightsaber in Return of the Jedi. Somehow, when I was very young, in the 1983-86 time frame, I saw this scene. I don't remember how I saw it or where, but I have always remembered this scene of Luke building his lightsaber. Ever since I originally somehow saw it, it has bothered me that I never saw this scene again in any of my many subsequent viewings of Return of the Jedi and that the scene never made it into any of the DVD releases. Over the years I have told people about this scene and most of them said that they never saw it. Only a couple people I have met said that they too actually remember seeing it, but like me, couldn't remember where. Well, at the announcement of the Star Wars Blu-rays, this elusive scene was played before an ecstatic crowd. Here it is, and yes, this is the scene I've been remembering for the past 20+ years.

Wow, seeing this is seriously a load off my mind. Now I know 100% that I didn't make it up and that it does indeed exist. I hope that the scene is added back into the film for the Blu-ray, but I can settle for it just being a stand-alone deleted scene considering that it completely validates everything I've been saying about it over the past 20+ years. It's a great feeling to find out that you didn't make things up out of thing air when you were young.

- Shawn - 8/14/10