Thursday, May 18, 2017

Malaysia Fans Unite in the Force for Star Wars Day 40th Anniversary Celebration

There is a disturbance in The Force. Do you feel it? An army of voices rising from near and far... the Light and Dark will unite to celebrate 40 years of Star Wars!

This week renown Malaysian shopping mall Sunway Pyramid is hosting a unique Star Wars adventure by fans for fans. The Star Wars Day 40th Anniversary Celebration from 15th to 21st May takes place in two concourse on level LG2 of the mall. In the Orange Concourse, brand partners like Hasbro, LEGO , Royal Selangor, etc. showcase and retail their official Star Wars merchandise throughout the week. Over at the Blue Concourse, fan groups will come together on the weekend to share their passion for Star Wars over numerous thematic activities.

For the uninformed, Star Wars Day is celebrated annually on 4 May by fans worldwide, although the date itself was not officially declared by Lucasfilm. Along with the date comes the catchphrase "May the fourth be with you" and Star Wars fans have made it so since 2011. The actual day on 4 May itself may not always present the best day of the week to revel in fandom fever, therefore events to celebrate Star Wars Day may stray a few days away.

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This Star Wars Day event was vision of 4 local fan boys: Julian, Ng, Daniel and James. Their idea was to connect as many local Star Wars fan communities as possible for a meaningful event celebration 40 years of Star Wars. After volunteering their time planning months ahead with some volume of sweat along the way, it all comes together this week in the Star Wars Day 40th Anniversary Celebration. Here's what to expect:

Orange concourse of franchise brand partners showcasing official merchandise.
Photo source: Sunway Pyramid
The Orange Concourse is populated by brands associated with the franchise, offering licensed merchandise like toys and apparel served to Star Wars fans. These brands include Hasbro, LEGO, Mattel (Hot Wheels), Sheldonet (Funko POP!), Royal Selangor (pewter), TGV Chill-X, Uniqlo (apparel), Toys R Us, GLD, UrbanTee and Gamer's Hideout. Get your wallets ready as Hasbro is offering selected toys on major discount whilst LEGO has brought out the latest building sets screaming to be brought home.

Royal Selangor's premium Star Wars figurines from pewter.
Main activities at the Orange Concourse over the weekend open to all shoppers:
  • LEGO Darth Vader & Stormtrooper appearance at 11am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm, 8pm
  • Star Wars Mini-Race on Track and Custom Diorama contest by Hot Wheels Collectors Malaysia at 11.30am & 3pm.
  • Rebel activities (?) by Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club at 2pm & 6pm.

Now over at the Blue Concourse, fan-centric activities take centre-stage (literally) through contributions from the numerous fan groups in attendance: LightsaberLeague Malaysia (LLM), Force Arts Stunt Team (FAST), Sabertrio, ACLightsabers, Fightsaber Malaysia, 501st Legion Malaysia Garrison, Rebel Legion Malaysia Outpost, Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club (SWMFC), LEGO Fans of Malaysia (LOM), Hot Wheels Collectors Malaysia, FusionWayang Kulit, Costurera Haberdashery, Star Wars Modellers Malaysia(SWMM), Pop Vinyl Malaysia, and ourselves Outpost Productions. Also present are local artists Bone Alfie, Dave Liew, Michael Chuah, JonTham and Tintoy Chou, plus Vintage Star Wars Collector Chancellor Peter.

Here's a teaser of the fan-led activities courtesy of

Here are activity highlights at the Blue Concourse:
  • Introduction of Fan Groups on Saturday 10am
  • Lightsaber Flash Mob on Saturday 1pm.
  • Prop Making Session & Trivia Quiz by SWMFC on Saturday 3pm.
  • Talk on "How to choose a lightsaber" by AC Lightsabers on Saturday 5pm.
  • Star Wars Inspired Fashion Runway Show on Sunday 1.30pm.
  • Music lecture and Comedy skit on Sunday 2.30pm
  • Star Wars Kids Costume Contest on Sunday, 5pm
  • Live Auction of Artist paintings on Sunday, 7pm
  • History of Star Wars Vintage Toys by Chancellor Peter on Saturday 12pm, then Sunday 1pm.
  • Lightsaber performances by FAST on Saturday 1.15pm & 4.15pm, then Sunday 1.45pm & 4.15pm
  • Saber Academy for younglings by FAST on Saturday 4.30pm, the Sunday 7pm.
  • Jedi Academy by FightsaberMY on Saturday 2.30pm, then Sunday 4.30pm.
  • Model Kit building tutorials by SWMM on Saturday & Sunday 11.30am & 6pm.
  • LEGO Speed Build & My Own Creation contests by LOM on Sunday 11am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm.
Note: Schedule shown is at time of posting and may subject to change without prior notice. Please do not throw Force Lightning at us if actual activity timing differ!

Wow, a Star Wars inspired "Fashion Show" this time by fan for fans!

Our Outpost commander Richard Chua will be moderating a series of fan panel discussions as follows:
  • Lightsabers on Saturday, 10.30am with AC Lightsabers, Sabertrio, Lightsaber League Malaysia, & Saber Dad.
  • Collectors on Sunday, 10am with Vintage Star Wars Collector Chancellor Peter, Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club, Star Wars Modellers Malaysia, & Pop Vinyl Malaysia.
  • Artists on Sunday, 11am with Michael Chuah, Bone Alfie, Dave Liew, Jon Tam and Tintoy Chuo of Fusion Wayang Kulit
  • 40 years of Star Wars on Sunday, 12pm with fans.

Listen from the Saber Masters themselves during their Panel moderated by Outpost's Richard Chua.

The fanboys of Star Wars Modellers Malaysia will be conducting tutorials to educated aspiring modellers how to create these highly characters and vehicles.

Charity has often been a core engagement with many Star Wars fans. At this event, donations collected by fan groups will be channeled to The Spastic Children's Association of Selangor & Federal Territory (SCASFT). The association offers life-long FREE support to children with cerebral palsy through various services and programmes. The Association manages a Spastic Centre which comprises a Special Education School, Vocational Training, a Sheltered Workshop and a Rehabilitation Centre.

4 local artists will be live drawing fan art at the event to be auctioned off on Sunday 7pm for charity with proceeds to SCASFT.

In previous years at Star Wars events Outpost Productions have contributed toys for charity auction with proceeds going to either the organiser's nominated charity, or the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Our modest collection of RM900 in 2014 from C2Age grew to RM1,510 in 2015 and RM2,000 last year at SWMFC events. While we do not quite have the same opportunity this time around, we will be offering this Hasbro 3.75in series AT-ST Walker on Charity Raffle at RM5 per ticket sold this weekend from our table in the Blue Concourse. 

Make a donation and stand a chance to win this Hasbro 3.75in AT-ST Walker.

A live draw will take place on Sunday 21 May, 7pm to determine the lucky winner. If you really want this HTF (hard to find) toy, please feel welcome to purchase more raffle tickets to increase your chances to win! Plus Outpost will match the donated sum 1-for-1 and may even throw in a few other surprise Star Wars items.

Representatives of the fan groups and organisers look forward to see you this weekend!

So don a Jedi robe and plot course to Sunway Pyramid this weekend to Celebrate 40 years of Star Wars fandom. Oh and if you do not want to stress over parking, use this Uber code for a discounted ride:

May the Force be with You!

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