The Double-Telescoping Lightsaber was usually released with the following combinations of colour to figure:
Red DT Lightsaber:
Yellow DT Lightsaber:
Blue DT Lightsaber:
There are two main mould variations plus subvariants. More subvariants may exist. As a result of the fact that these were shot on a sprue tree in numbers of probably 10 each shot the subvariants may vary heavily depending on the steel mould used.
M2 in example does exist with 40 cavity numbers, which may be the result of 4 moulds used which each 10 sabers on a sprue tree.
We have letters stamped alternating from left to right: AA, BB, CC, DD, EE, FF, GG, HH, II, JJ, KK, LL, MM, NN as well as A, B, C, D, E, F, H, I, I., J, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z and one with three dots (only missing G and K, therefore there is the “three dots” and “I.”)
We have other examples of accessories in the vintage Kenner line where the cavity numbers are in a row through the different Asian factories (see i.e. Bib Fortuna belt or Leia Boushh helmet).
The four moulds were probably tooled at one place and thought to be sent to all four factories, Kader, Smile, Unitoy and Taiwan at a later point. Before this happened the production of the double-telescoping lightsaber was pulled.
That theory is an explanation for lettered DT sabers found on Smile, Kader and Unitoy 12A-backs. Regarding Luke Skywalker, the figures are noticeable already made by their resident factories with their typical mould and paint differences and completed with lettered DT Sabers (M2).
The M2 can be found mainly on 12A-backs, but some made it even to 12B-back (Kader) and 12C-back (Kader). I have seen one M1 example on a Unitoy 12A-back so far. The M1 is probably an early mould that was later retooled to M2. We have only yellow ones in circulation. The red ones are mostly preproduction and Ben is lacking any examples by now.
It is important to note that all observation exclude the white footer 12A-backs that are thought to be salesman samples. Those are possibly not relevant in their combination figure to saber so they are not counted into the results.
M1: CIRCLED DT
M1 was produced by an unknown factory. The saber was i.e. found on a Unitoy 12A-back with Luke Skywalker. The inner part is often broken to the tip. An unbroken inner saber has a lenght of 35mm (not counting the sprue gate remnants). If the inner part is cut by factory with pieces of the thicker end you can measure only the thinner front part which should be 26 mm. The following colors are known:
- red (mainly preproduction)
M2: LETTERED DT
M2 was produced by an unknown factory. It is assumed that those came in 4 steel moulds with each 10 Sabers on one sprue tree with an overall sum of 40 cavity letters. The saber can mainly be found with some Kader, Smile and Unitoy 12A-backs and also in the “Early Bird Set” paired with Luke Skywalker. The inner part is often broken to the tip. An unbroken inner saber has a length of 35mm (not counting the sprue gate remnants). If the inner part is cut by factory with pieces of the thicker end you can measure only the thinner front part which should be 26 mm. The following colours are known:
- pale yellow
- red (no picture)
- pale blue (no picture)