A previously unrepresented era of the “Star Wars” timeline will soon have a place at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, as Disney has announced that a limited edition Stellan Gios Legacy Lightsaber Hilt will debut at both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World versions of the land and on shopDisney on November 17. This marks the first time that merchandise from The High Republic era of “Star Wars” will be available at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
New Stellan Gios Legacy Lightsaber Hilt Coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The limited edition collectible is silver, gold, and black and resembles the lightsaber used by Gios throughout The High Republic stories. The lightsaber comes in a wooden box that features white detailing and an embossed Jedi logo on its lid.
The saber also comes with a “The High Republic Adventures” comic that features an exclusive cover designed by Harvey Tolibao.
Lightsaber blades attached to this hilt will glow a bright blue color, just as Gios’ weapon does in the stories in which he appears. Blades are sold separately.
The release of the Stellan Gios lightsaber roughly coincides with the commencement of The High Republic’s third phase. The first comic book from the new chapter was released on November 8, while George Mann’s “The Eye of Darkness,” the first novel of the third and final phase, will be released on November 14.
Gios is a Jedi Master who has appeared in several The High Republic-era books and comics. He has yet to appear in any theatrical or streaming “Star Wars” live-action content.
Star Wars: The High Republic
The “Star Wars: The High Republic” publishing push was announced by Lucasfilm in 2020. The multi-faceted storytelling initiative introduced a new era to the “Star Wars” timeline, a ‘golden age of the Jedi’ set hundreds of years before the events of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.” The company, at the time, announced that stories would be told across several formats, including comic books, novels, and audioplays.
Hundreds of characters from the era have been introduced since the launch of the initiative, but The High Republic has not yet been deeply explored in theatrical or streaming content. While the “Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures” animated Disney+ series does take place in The High Republic era, the program is geared toward younger audiences and, thus, does not get into the intricacies of what sets The High Republic apart from other sections of the “Star Wars” timeline. The upcoming “The Acolyte” Disney+ series created by Leslye Headland will also take place during The High Republic era.
While The High Republic era merchandise has been available at Disney Parks in the past in the form of phone cases and “Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures” plushes, this is the first time that a collectible from the era will be available at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This is perhaps due to the differing places on the “Star Wars” timeline in which the two properties reside; The High Republic era stories take place hundreds of years before the prequel trilogy, while Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was originally set amid the sequel trilogy between Episodes 8 and 9.
The Disneyland Park version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge broke from the timeline with the introduction of Boba Fett and Fennec Shand as meet-and-greet characters in 2022. The Walt Disney World version of the land has largely stayed true to the timeline due to the presence of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcuiser immersive hotel, but with its recent closure, looser adherence to the timeline may become more prevalent. It has, however, had the Mandalorian and Grogu since March 2023.
Batuu, the planet on which Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge takes place, will appear in the “Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures” series. A “Young Jedi Adventures” inspired beverage debuted at the milk stand at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in August of this year.
Will you be picking up the Stellan Gios lightsaber when it debuts at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and on shopDisney later this month? How do you feel about more The High Republic era merchandise becoming available at Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments.