Telescoping Ben (after): If you think the Telescoping Luke figure is rare, try finding one of these. I know more people with carded telescoping Lukes than people with loose telescoping Bens. These were (apparently) only available on card. The saber has the same mechanism as the telescoping Luke saber but with a blue color instead of yellow. These figures were only available at the very initial release of the 12-backs.

It is very common for people to confuse these telescoping saber figures with the more common production figures. The lightsabers appear to be the same in certain photos but the major difference is in the features of these sabers. The common production lightsabers have a thick stem and a fixed, short thin tip that extends about 1 cm from the stem. The telescoping sabers also have a thick stem and short tip, but the thin tip slides in and out of the the thick base of the same color. Look at the before and after pictures for these telescoping saber figures to see the effects of this telescoping feature. If a Ben/Luke/Darth saber does not extend as far as the after shots of these figures, then it is not a telescoping saber.

Description: Gus Lopez
Photo: Gus Lopez
From the collection of Gus Lopez