Star Wars Day: A feel good story

May the Fourth be with you. Well, technically that was yesterday but here in Singapore, it is a three-day affair so we still have plenty of time to revel in the celebrations. If you don’t already know, this year’s Star Wars Day is held at the mystical Gardens by the Bay.

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Star Wars: Force for good

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.

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The talented artist kissing a Stormtrooper from the 501st Legion, Singapore Garrison.

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.

(Left to right; top row): Yoda, Darth Vader, Han Solo, R2D2. (Bottom row) Luke Skywalker, Leia, Yoda, C3P0

Ashley kissing R2

Aww.. how cute. Besides drawing, Ashley also loves to dance and sing as we recently learnt.

To help raise funds for a new wing for her school, Ashley drew these pins. A set of eight pins go for $50. Pins include Luke Skywalker, Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2D2, C3P0, Darth Vader, and Yoda.  

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.

Batkid draws movie poster icon out of retirement

This post moves away from our normal Star Wars-focused theme to talk about an inspiring child. Miles Scott, aka Batkid, is a five-year-old Leukaemia survivor who became a (social) media darling after his wish to be Batkid was granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Promotional poster for documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World by Drew Struzan

Promotional poster for documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World by Drew Struzan

The San Francisco-native was granted his wish to be Batkid for a day last year, where he spent the day patrolling the streets accompanied by an adult Batman, as well as a police motorcade. In his one-day duty, the hardworking kid saved a damsel in distress from a cable car track, nabbed the Riddler as E.Nigma attempted a bank heist and saved the San Franciso Giants mascot – Lou Seal – from the evil Penguin, reported Huffington Post.

Now, the kid has even drawn movie poster artist Drew Struzan out of retirement, to create this beautiful Batkid poster, pro bono, for the documentary, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World, reported Deadline.com. The film journals the transformation of San Francisco into Gotham so Scott could realise his dream of being Batkid. The documentary will premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival on Jan 24, said IGN.

Struzan is behind the legendary artwork on films such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, and Back to the Future I, II, and III. To view and buy his artworks, visit http://bit.ly/drewstruzan. Rumours are Struzan may also work on Episode VII: The Force Awakens, reported IGN.

Promotional poster for Star Wars: A New Hope by Drew Struzan

Promotional poster for Star Wars: A New Hope by Drew Struzan

Return of the Jedi poster by Drew Struzan

Return of the Jedi poster by Drew Struzan

When the Imperial Shuttle’s in the shop

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What do Sith Lords do when their Imperial Shuttles are at the shop (or when the code for their TIE fighters don’t check out)? Apparently, they take to airlines like us plebeians.

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And, of course, what’s the point of being a Sith Lord if your stormtroopers aren’t there to receive you?

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So what exactly is the Sith Lord doing in Denver, USA? Officiating at charity events with the 501st, it seems. Looks like Vader’s not completely turned to the Dark side. But you already knew that.