Star Wars Expanded Universe Weapons
The Black Saber
The color of the lightsaber has been varied since the beginning. Red for dark side users and blue for light side users. This expanded when Luke designed his new, green lightsaber before Return of the Jedi. We’ve seen all colors. Yet, the most alluring remain unexplored on the big screen. We hope a white lightsaber as well as the type of character who would wield such a weapon will make it to the big screen. For now, that doesn’t appear to be Ahsoka Tano.
Rotary Blaster Cannons
Blasters have typically been semi-automatic as far as handheld weapons. We’ve seen some new incarnations like the flame troopers in Episode VII, and we will get some new weapons in Rogue One to be sure. We would like to see some more potent and visual blasters as the universe expands. The rotary cannon is the blaster mini-gun of the Star Wars Universe. It is one of the most powerful handheld weapons a soldier can bring to bear. As we enter at time of war in Rogue One, we hope this weapon will jump from the animated series and blur trailers onto the big screen!
The vibrosword is a construct largely of the gaming expanded universe. However, vibroblades have made small appearances in the films. Vibroswords were largely used for melee combat in the Old Republic. They were far more than just metal swords. Vibroswords were largely Echani weapons which carried electrical charge and were advanced technology which could deflect lightsabers and blaster bolts. Vibroswords expand the mythos of melee combat in the Star Wars universe. The vibroblade has also been used on many different weapons including double sided variations, knives, housed blades, and even staff weapons. We will certainly see some new melee combat weapons Rogue One, but will we see any Vibroswords in action?
Beyond the basic hilt and blade lightsabers, there are various deadly incarnations that push the boundaries of form and function. At the top of our list is the light whip, the chosen weapon of Lumiya - the dark side rival to a more mature Luke Skywalker in the old EU. We would also like to see the vibroblade, the blaster/lightsaber combo from Rebels, the force pike, and tonfa style lightsaber. These concepts could be used to evolve some creative new lightsabers that will grow the mythos of the Jedi and the Sith.
Star Wars gave us a rich science fiction sandbox to play in. We hope Disney and Lucasfilms will learn from the old EU to grow the universe in a more cohesive, deliberate way as they repopulate and expand the Star Wars universe in the decades to come.