With each new Star Wars journey, a new breed of lightsaber is born. The famed, futuristic weapon wielded throughout the Star Wars franchise is one of the standout props and novelty items from the films. As fans are gearing up for the much anticipated release of the next chapter, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, HolloweenCostumes.com decided to take an in-depth look at the history of the lightsaber.

The weapon has been used by the Jedi and their counterparts countless times throughout the franchise's history, and Kylo Ren — one of the latest villains — will be wielding a new variation of lightsaber that many are calling "The Cross-Guard Lightsaber." This tool features a pair of miniature lightsabers that act as hand guards, rivaling that of a medieval sword.

For an in-depth look at the weapon's unique history, check out the detailed infographic below.

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