Instead, it was just a sort of odd choice for an April Fool’s Day joke from the Star Wars online shop. Seemed believable enough, though I guess the chances of this thing escaping the tractor beam of the rejected Star Wars merchandise heap would have been unlikely, anyway.
The Tie Swatter could have brought order to the galaxy with solar-powered bug zapping ruthlessness, accompanied with sweet Tie Fighter sound effects after every swing. Unfortunately for us all, the Rebel fly scum have no need for alarm – the Tie Swatter is not to be.
Then again, who knows. Maybe this is just a clever Jedi mind trick from George Lucas to drum up excitement for when the Tie Swatter actually does get released. We can only hope.