Visitors to Legoland Malaysia this weekend will get a big surprise. The world’s largest Lego Millennium Falcon has touched base at the Johor theme park. Built over three days with the help of more than 5,000 children, Master Builders Dan and Chris Steininger designed this 250,000-brick behemoth to mark Star Wars Day on May the Fourth.
Visitors to the park this weekend (May 7 to 8) will witness an Imperial March by a 90-strong contingent from the 501st Legion as well as help to complete two large scale TIE Fighters from the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Early birds to the park through the month of May will also take home a cute mini Lego Millennium Falcon (only available on weekends).
For more information, check out these posts by our friends Geekculture, Here Be Geeks as well as news site, ChannelnewsAsia. If you still can’t imagine how big the massive Lego Millennium Falcon can be, here’s a simple breakdown:
We’ve always known Star Wars was more than just a movie. JJ Abrams demonstrated it the most with his Force For Change initiative where donors gave in benefit of UNICEF Kids (Force for Change). Donors were then given a chance to win roles on the movie or tickets to the gala premiere of The Force Awakens. Even actors like Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill got in on it. So much awesome.
Closer to home, the local 501st Stormtrooper garrison would go to benefits and charity events as a show of (pun intended) Force to help less privileged kids. We even heard they’re trying to bring Joshua Tan, who’s paralysed and a huge Star Wars fan, for the screening of The Force Awakens. Mad props to them. More pictures of Joshua Strikes Back here.
Fans of Star Wars come in all shapes and sizes — and talent. These super pretty, adorable Star Wars pins were hand drawn by Ashley Yan, an 8-year-old artist attending school at the Rainbow Centre. The Rainbow Centre is a school for children with autism. It is also a non-profit charity that serves children and youths with a diverse range of special development and learning needs.
If you don’t have your The Force Awakens movie tickets yet, the Rainbow Centre are giving away tickets for donations you make towards the new wing. Pins and tickets, of course, are while stocks last. But the Rainbow Centre told us they can make more pins. Just call 6472 7077 before you make your way down. The Rainbow Centre is located at 501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306.
All donations come with a 300% tax deduction too. Give more, receive even more. Star Wars is indeed the movie franchise that keeps on giving.
We’re in the last month of the year. Everywhere we go, glitzy lights and that familiar tunes follow us. It’s like we need reminders that The Force Awakens is only two weeks away. In the spirit of J.J Abram’s (hype of the) movie, here are some events that have happened, or are happening in Singapore. Let us know if we’ve missed an event, or tell us about your country’s events, in the comments. We’d love to see how Star Wars is celebrated this Christmas.
STAR WARS COOKIES
Japanese cookie company Bourbon has gotten into the Star Wars craze with Dark Side cookies. The tin of 54 bite-size confections are emblazoned with Stormtrooper and Darth Vader impressions as well as the Star Wars logo. And it’s now available in Singapore – while stocks last. Premiere toy shop The Falcon’s Hangar have limited tins of these coveted biscuits for sale at $30 per tin. They’re at Blk 261, Waterloo Centre, #01-27, Waterloo Street. Phone: 6235 2390. Call before you head down.
KK GOES GAGA FOR STAR WARS
Who says medical professionals don’t have a sense of humour? It seems the Division of Medicine at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be throwing a Star Wars-themed year-end party this year. The Force will be strong with December babies this year.
ALL ABOARD THE STAR WARS EXPRESS
From next week, SMRT trains will join The Force Awakens frenzy. The transport provider said special Star Wars-themed trains, in partnership with Disney and LucasFilm, will ply its routes. From artist’s impressions released by SMRT to CNA, it doesn’t look as immersive as Japan’s Nankai Rapi’t Train, but, hey, we still get to ride with R2, 3P0, BB8 and Kylo Ren for reals!
Beyond riding the trains, you can also shop for stuff and win Star Wars goodies from SMRT. Check it out here.
THE FORCE AWAKENS LANDING PARTY CRASHES IN VIVOCITY
VivoCity is giving Lego fans a reason to cheer. Unveiled at the central atrium last night is Singapore’s largest Lego wall mural. Made by the Adult Fans of Lego (AFOLs), this massive 200,000-stud measures 6.2m x 2.4m and is certified to be the largest by the Singapore Book of Records.
The Lego wall depicts the now-famous The Force Awakens movie poster (sans Luke) in full bit-mapped glory. After you’ve posed with the mural, pop by and take in the scaled-to-Lego minifig Millennium Falcon created by Titans Creations. Trivia: Built for Singapore, Han switches seats with Chewie in the cockpit to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy – on the right-hand drive.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the exhibition after you’ve regained your composure from the Lego section. Try your hand at Electronic Arts’ Star Wars Battlefront, check out the army of Pop! Funko The Force Awakens figurines by Simply Toys, get in line to pre-order Hot Toys’ Asia Exclusive Stormtrooper: Copper Chrome figure. Highly articulated and highly coveted, the stocks for this hot toy is limited. Pre-orders started for Action City’s VIPs yesterday (Dec 1) but is now open to the public.
Also available are more toys from Toys R Us, including the below-mentioned Hasbro Black Series collection as well as backpacks and accessories.
From now until Dec 31, the first shoppers of the day to spend a minimum of S$250 can claim a limited edition Star Wars Millennium Falcon notebook. A maximum of three same-day receipts can be used per redemption, and has to include purchases from Tangs or VivoMart.
STAR WARS LANDS IN CHANGI AIRPORT
Planning a flight out of Singapore? Catch a shot or two of the life-sized X-Wing spacecraft and TIE Fighter at Changi Airport‘s Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 respectively. Only 80 tickets are issued every hour for you to mill about, climb and take photos in the cockpit of these iconic Star Wars spacecrafts. Don’t forget to get your gibberish translated at the C3PO booth too.
The 501st Singapore garrison will also make appearances at 4pm on Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 26 and Jan 2. Hurry, the X-Wing and TIE Fighter will fly out Jan 5, 2016.
STAR WARS TOYS
Star Wars is nothing without its mass merchandising appeal. At the peak of the hype are its toys. Check out the giant Stormtrooper helmet adorning the Royal Selangor display (more info here).
There are more toys available here besides Star Wars, it is after all a toy fair (duh!) but we’re quite sure none of the toys will cut as impressive a figure as this life-sized Boba Fett. The mercenary will follow you home for a mere S$12,999.
Who says breakfast is boring? Shake out the cereal and get to the Star Wars gems inside. Singapore cereal boxes come with 3D pencil toppers and we hear Malaysia’s versions come with Star Wars bowls!
Planning to visit the Sports Hub? Drop by the Kallang Wave mall and win big with Star Wars. Spend S$30 and above to get limited edition Star Wars swag.
Don’t want to jostle with the crowd? Shop for Star wars t-shirts, backpacks, notebooks and more with iMob and get Star Wars swag. Redeem limited editions Stormtrooper tumblers and umbrellas or win a Star Wars experience for two (includes tickets to Dubai and the Middle East Film & Comic Con) when you make a minimum purchase of S$30. Info here.
Uniqlo has them – all four series. Star Wars fashion, that is. Choose from short sleeve-tees with graphic prints to sweat shirts, flannel shirts (limited online exclusive now) and even winter outerwear. Whatever the occasion calls for, Uniqlo has you covered – even in a torrential downpour.
But if you want to channel your inner Sith in your inner wear, check out the Imperial Collection by Underarmour. If you have the galactic credits to spare, this collection will keep you close to your beloved Star Wars characters. Shop here.
Besides getting to watch The Force Awakens before the rest of the world (along with Indonesia and Thailand) on Dec 15, France’s design house Celio also has a cool wardrobe of Star Wars outfits. If you want a different look for the premiere screening, do give this a look. Outfits here and local shops here.
SIGNS OF STAR WARS
While visiting a boutique handcrafted-bespoke leather atelier in Telok Blangah (see more here), we came across this vintage-shop-slash-cafe. If you’re in the market for some good ol’ eats and old school furniture – complete with nostalgic charm, this is where you should head to. What caught our eye? The bus shelter poster for The Phantom Menace from 1999 tucked in the right hand corner.
NIXON STAR WARS
Nixon created a disturbance in the Force when it announced a range of adult-collectible watches at the beginning of this year. Even as the noise surrounding its Darth Vader automatic 51-30 timepiece fades, the watchmaker has released its Dark Side phase II series.
Also available in this phase is the Darth Vader 51-30 watch, but priced more reasonably and is powered by a Japanese Quartz movement. However, the show stealer can be found on the back side strap of one of its cheaper models, the Boba Fett Unit. Turn the watch over and you’ll see Han encased in carbonite onto the silicon strap. We think this would get collectors salivating.
SILVER AGE OF STAR WARS
Fancy your Star Wars figures in silver? The Royal Selangor Star Wars collection has encased beloved heroes and villains in pewter to go in your display cases. While its main showcase at Suntec City Atrium may have ended on November 22, you can still catch the life-sized Han-in-carbonite on display at VivoCity and Takashimaya basement.
It’s after halloween and nearing December; and everyone is getting into the Star Wars mood. With myriad merchandise rolling out from Disney and its affiliates, the only thing we haven’t yet seen is a Star Wars car.
Even though the products that have excited us thus far have been the toys (Millennium Falcon drone, anyone?), more products have been pushed towards the adult fans of late. Have you seen the Nixon Star Wars #Darkside collection yet? Another brand to target the Star Wars fans who had grown up with the original 1977 release is Royal Selangor Pewter. Continue reading →
So, we received an email on Thursday that “limited quantities of the Star Wars collection” will be available today (Nov 12) at the Singapore Nixon stores. Being the Darth Vader freaks that we are, we decided to see the awesome timepiece for ourselves – even if we decidedly are unable to afford the limited edition timepiece.