Special appearance at the Hasbro Star Wars Toys Carnival by members of the 501st Legion Malaysia-Brunei Outpost, local branch of an international fan-based organisation dedicated to screen-accurate costumes from Star Wars.
Fortunately, the Clone Wars animated television series currently on-air may be proving that interest in Star Wars is still strong with young Malaysians, who turned out in force at the carnival for the chance to playtest numerous Hasbro toys available for demonstration. Indeed, Star Wars fans of all ages took command of starfighters from the Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire in the Starship Battles tactical space combat game using Hasbro toy vehicles as game props laid out over a massize floor-map. 14 year-old Lim Chong Tat, who follows the Clone Wars, took the opportunity to widen his Star Wars fandom by joining the Starship Battles game to play a scenario from the Empire Strikes Back. Although he was defeated by opposing players controlling the Rebel Alliance, Chong Tat said he found the game fun and challenging and happy to take home consolation prizes of Star Wars toys.
The Hasbro Star Wars Toys Carnival also hosted the inaugral "lightsaber" wielding tournament in Malaysia. Lightsabers are fictional weapons in the Star Wars saga consisting of a polished metal hilt which projects a blade of light able to cut through must substances and is most frequently used by the heroic Jedi Knights or evil Sith warriors. Following various demonstrations by fans to warm-up the audience, the tournament began with a handful of lightsaber "masters" showcasing their skills in cheoreographed performances, some even wielding two lighsabers with one in each hand. They were then tested on their ability to use lightsabers to deflect incoming projectiles and subsequently, for the selected finalists, to face off against one-again in mock duel. Ultimately Herbert Bandir Donald, 31, emerged as a audience favourite and winner of this inaugral tournament as a red lightsaber wielding Sith Warrior with a creepy masked visage.
A core group of Star Wars fan friends topped off celebrations by commissioning a special Star Wars themed cake in the form of a giant Imperial Star Destroyer spaceship. Participants of carnival activities and representatives from contributing organisations gathered at the Preview Lounge in Cathay Cineplex for a dinner party with the giant Star Destroyer cake as dessert. Richard Chua, representative from MySciFiFan as co-organiser of some carnival activities, said that many Star Wars fans re-energised their interest in the sci-fi saga from the carnival and are looking forward to more Star Wars events in future, such as 30th Anniversary of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in 3 years time.
Check out more event photos at Star Wars Fans Malaysia Facebook Group.
This event is organised by Hasbro Malaysia with activities and event management by Outpost Events at e@Curve Mutiara Damansara.
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The 2nd movie released in George Lucas' Star Wars saga and 5th chapter in the chronology opened in cinemas 30 years ago in May 21, 1980, becoming one of the most popular chapters in the Star Wars saga and one of the most highly rated films in history. It earned more than US$538 million worldwide over the original run and several re-releases, making it the highest grossing film of 1980. When adjusted for inflation, it is the 12th highest grossing film of all time.
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