Star Wars fans, if you missed out on, or just plain miss May’s Star Wars Festival, you’ll soon be able to Experience The Force once again come September.
Another Star Wars themed festival will be taking over Singapore – specifically ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands – in line with Star Wars Force Friday II, a global fan event celebrating the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi products.
The festivities will begin along Orchard Road from 1 ‒ 10 Sep, and will move over to the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) at Marina Bay Sands from 9 ‒ 10 Sep. This 10-day extravaganza will feature Padawan training, the Millenium Falcon, a virtual reality meeting with BB-8, and more!
At ION Orchard
1. Shop All Things Star Wars
The Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival will see ION Orchard’s Basement 4 transformed into a paradise for Star Wars fans, who will be able to shop for toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more from the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. These will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on 1 September at ION’s Basement 4, and you’ll get first dibs on the merchandise before it’s released to retailers.
2. Meet BB-8 And Interact With Him
Who can resist the adorable BB-8? The orange and white spherical droid that won our hearts in Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be making an appearance at Orchard Road – in virtual reality, that is. Created by ILMxLAB, this Virtual Reality experience lets you not only meet BB-8, but also interact with it! First featured at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, this will be the first time fans in Southeast Asia will be able to experience this!
3. Train To Be A Jedi
Elsewhere in ION Orchard, at ION2, the outdoor event space at Level 1, undergo Padawan Training and find out if the Force is strong in you! Another first in Southeast Asia, this Padawan Training is only open to young Padawans aged 4 – 12. Take note that Padawan Training sessions are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
4. Catch The Millennium Falcon And AT-ACT Walker In The Flesh
Also at ION2, you’ll find a ship that requires no introduction – the Millennium Falcon. A ship that’s helped save the galaxy numerous times, from the battle of Yavin to the destruction of Star Killer Base, catch its replica as in arrives in Southeast Asia for the first time!
Outside ION Orchard, keep a lookout for a roaming 3.5m tall AT-ACT Walker. The cargo transport which made an appearance in the Battle of Scarif will also be in attendance, so see it up close and be sure to snap a few pictures!
The fun doesn’t stop at Orchard Road. Over at the STGCC, more Star Wars-themed thrills await both casual and hardcore fans alike.
1. Behold Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer
We’ve heard of the Empire’s elite TIE Fighters. We’ve seen the TIE Interceptors. Now, we’ll get to discover the TIE Silencer, an angular fighter built specially for Kylo Ren. Appearing in the next Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, see it before everyone else else at the STGCC!
2. Explore Larger-Than-Life Fan-Built Installations
Wonder what it’s like inside the Millennium Falcon? Find out for yourself as you explore a fan-built installation of the ship that saved Han Solo’s life multiple times! Check out this and other larger-than-life fan-built installations and be sure not to miss Rey’s Speeder! Also, keep your eyes peeled – film director J.J Abram’s signature is somewhere in the mix.
The Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival is jam-packed with exciting events, with plenty in store for fans! So, mark your calendars, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on!
Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore
Locations: ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands
Date: 1 – 10 Sep
(Header Image Source: Comic Vine)