Singaporeans are pretty lucky to be ahead of the time zone in America. For one, we get to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron before the U.S. audience, and we’re smart enough to make use of the Long Labour Day weekend to celebrate May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day (for the by-now-obvious May the 4th be with you — imagine saying the Jedi mantra with a lisp — parallel) three full days ahead of the North American audience. In accordance to Star Wars creed, one must make use of any opportunity to celebrate this momentous occasion with pomp and lots of capitalistic procurement of coveted Star Wars toys.
Held at the Suntec City Atrium, between Tower 3 and 4 (nearest MRT Promenade station), the Celebrate the Force event is an excuse for Star Wars fans to gather, dress up as their favourite character and mingle without feeling like a total nerd. Of course, the event is held with much heart too. This year, organisers have worked with artists, photographers and the local 501st Stormtrooper legion to make a difference to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Talented artists from Band of Doodlers, an outfit of, err, talented artists who doodle (says Captain Obvious) and toy photography lensmen have created custom prints, customised Darth Vader busts and prints of Star Wars Toy photographs for sale. All proceeds go toward the foundation, which aims to fulfills wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. If prints and photographs are not your thing, you can also get a mini portrait done by skilled artist Jashorn.
If you’ve missed today’s show, fret not. There is another show tomorrow. Here’s a schedule to plan your day (well, half a day is good enough if you don’t have enough time) at this fair. Bring lots of cash if you’re an avid toy collector, and dress the whole family up! There will be a best-dressed competition for kids at the show tomorrow too!
Looking to sign up to fight for the Empire? The Singapore chapter of the 501st Legion are running their recruitment campaign at the event. If you’d like to come out of your closet as a Stormtrooper, Scout Trooper, Shadow Trooper, TIE fighter pilot, X-Wing pilot, etc, they can show you how.
One thing to note: If you’re like me, waiting to learn more about toy photography at the Toy Photography Workshop, don’t wait around. According to volunteers I’d spoken to at the show, there isn’t a workshop per se, but you can browse the toys on display, then view the Toy Photography exhibition. Then put two and two together yourself. May the Force be with you.
Continue on to see the event in pictures, or click here if you prefer quick video run-throughs.
Star Wars Day: Singapore Chapter in pictures
More from the Show Floor
Vintage toys on display
Band of Doodlers working on a custom mural
You can get yourself portrayed as a character in Star Wars! All for a good cause too.