The Force is strong now that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is days away from its December 19 release. Hop onto the Millennium Falcon and journey with Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron as the Resistance faces the First Order once again. Expect plenty of space action and a possible epic end to the ancient battle between the Jedi and Sith.
If your love for the Star Wars franchise extends beyond binging on the original, prequel and sequel trilogies, as well as the anthology films, don’t sit home and twiddle your lightsaber. Feel the Force and master the skills for a lightsaber duel, meditate to the sweet sounds of the soundtrack, and meet fellow Jedis. While you can’t move things with your mind or fight stormtroopers, you can still make BB-8 proud by making an effort.
First step: pick up a lightsaber – or rather a glowing, polycarbonate one. Second step: learn the basic strikes and footwork from the pros at The Saber Authority. The movements taught are based on a mix of Asian martial arts. Once you’ve got the foundations down to a T, prepare for a duel with a fellow saber combatant and make sound effects like fwoom, fwoom, tchzzt.
Most virtual reality (VR) arcades offer Beat Saber, a VR rhythm game where you slash colour-coded blocks to the beat of your chosen song. Each beat indicates the saber you need to use – red or blue – and the direction to slash while dodging oncoming obstacles. It’s tons of fun and makes the perfect excuse to practise your strikes and footwork as well as your double- saber skills. It's available to play at various locations including V-Room.
What kind of fan would you be if you don’t own at least one Lego Star Wars set? Weasel through the crowds of kids and fill your shopping baskets with the new Resistance A-Wing Starfighter ($54.99), Death Star Cannon ($34.99) and Yoda ($179.99) sets.
Wear your fanboy pride on your sleeves with cool Star Wars thread. Update your wardrobe with everyday essentials from Uniqlo where you can cop its latest UT graphic tees designed by three different artists – James Jarvis, Stash and Masumi Ishikawa – to commemorate the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Plus, you get an exclusive Star Wars sticker with every purchase – win-win.
For something edgier, look no further than Singapore's very own Sabrina Goh. The local designer teams up with Disney Singapore for yet another collection, titled Equipoise, mark the latest film. Strut your stuff in 26 silhouettes featuring designs inspired by both the light and dark sides that brilliantly encapsulate Sabrina Goh's signature style. The collection is available from December 18.