Believe It Or Not, Ripley’s Staff Surprised By Lord Vader Visit

Times Square Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Staff Surprised By Star Wars Enthusiast Will Weinland’s Visit To See Original Star Wars Lightsaber

New York- The Dark Side came to Times Square on Wednesday, October 24th as Star Wars enthusiast and Darth Vader tribute artist Will Weinland made a surprise appearance at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! to visit an original Star Wars Lightsaber, the actual prop used by actor Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back! 

Believe it or not, this Lightsaber was constructed from a vintage 1930s Graflex camera flash gun. The handle still has the original Graflex logo etched into it. It comes from the archives of Gary Kurtz, the producer on the first two Star Wars films. Will Weinland, in his film-grade Darth Vader costume,  tried, unsuccessfully, to use the power of the force to levitate the lightsaber. He then engaged in a spirited lightsaber fight with several of Ripley’s fellow visitors including Contemporary Krampus author Mike Drake.

Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits & Archives for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! acquired the screen-used prop lightsaber at the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction on June 28, 2017, for a staggering $450,000!

The lightsaber will be on display at Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium through November 1st. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most iconic props in movie history. In addition to Lightsaber, Ripley’s will also be displaying other unique Star Wars memorabilia. More information here:

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Media Contacts:

Andrew Albigese

Marketing Manager

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square

234 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036

P: 212.398.3133 


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Will Weinland in fullVader gear duels author Mike Drake


Will Weinland, in Vader gear, attempts to use the power of teh force to levitate the iconic prop


An unidentified but enthusiastic fan engages in a lighsaber battle with Star Wars Superfan Will Weinland


Will Weinland in Darth Vader costume regally strides through the black hole at Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium

SOURCE Lace Bambooya Photography

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