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Royal Selangor Star Wars pewter figurines

Royal Selangor is launching a new collection to commemorate Star Wars. This collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia will see Royal Selangor introducing Star Wars-themed pewter merchandise and accessories over the next three years.

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The collection’s line up consists of Limited Edition 8-inch figurines of Darth Vader, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Complementing them are smaller 4-inch figurines of Yoda, the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett. The highlight of the collection is a diorama which captures the monstrous rancor in his pit raring to attack Luke Skywalker – a classic scene from Return of the Jedi.

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Other collectibles in this Star Wars collection include a pair of Stormtrooper and Boba Fett tumblers, Darth Vader and C-3PO mugs, Millennium Falcon and snowspeeder shaped USB flash drives, a Death Star trinket box and cufflinks.

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Recreating the manner and dress of beloved Star Wars characters in pewter is a formidable endeavour. The creative process began by referencing on-set photos, film screenshots and Lucasfilm approved reproduction art. Upon determining the features and specifications of each character, each figurine is sculpted, a detailed process that can take several weeks as tiny fractions of a millimetre can make a figurine instantly recognisable. Each Star Wars character has his or her distinctive presence – the way the head is positioned, slope of the shoulders, gaze of the eyes and the overall posture.

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The launch of this new collection in Singapore was held at the pop-up store at Suntec City Mall which features design elements inspired by the epic franchise including a life-sized replica of Han Solo in carbonite. This is the first Royal Selangor pop-up store in Singapore.

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This collaboration will see Royal Selangor introducing Star Wars-themed pewter merchandise and accessories over the next three years. Royal Selangor has also received the rights to distribute the Star Wars collection in several countries, including Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and the United Kingdom.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Singapore tickets advance sales

We are about 1 month away from the release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And looks like Shaw Theatres is starting their tickets advance sales soon.

Shaw Theatres will be selling tickets to the first midnight screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens IMAX 3D together with some exclusive Light Side/Dark Side Package. The S$180 package comes with 2 tickets to catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 17 December 2015, 00:01hrs (Shaw Theatres Lido or JCube IMAX), 2 vouchers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens IMAX 3D (to watch it again), 4 regular popcorn combo vouchers, 1 set of exclusive Light Side collectibles and 1 set of exclusive Dark Side collectibles. Details of the Light Side/Dark Side collectibles will be revealed at a closer date.

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Sales of this exlcusive package will start on 16 November, 9pm at Shaw House, Urban Plaza (350 Orchard Road, S238868). There are only 190 package available and each person is only allowed to purchase 1 pack. For more info, visit Shaw Theatres website.

If you are not going for this exclusive package, Shaw Theatres will begin online advance sales for other Star Wars: The Force Awakens screening from 17 November 2015 00:01hrs.

This is not the October 21, 2015 from Back To The Future 2

26 years ago, the world had a glimpse of the future through Back To The Future 2. Yes, I know it is a Hollywood movie. But 26 years ago, many people thought that the 2015 in the movie might become the real thing. After all, we all thought we’ll be driving flying cars and skating around the neighbourhood on our Hoverboard.

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But this is not the October 21, 2015 from Back To The Future.

We don’t have Hoverboard. I know many people tried making a Hoverboard ever since the movie. But all of them require a special flooring to work. In short, it is not feasible.

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We don’t have flying cars too. Flying car is not new in movies. Before Back To The Future, there were many movies that envision that we will be driving flying cars too. But perhaps it is good that we don’t have flying cars. We are already having problem regulating the use of drones. Imagine cars flying around. The sky is going to be a mess. And what if there is an accident? Will we have cars falling down from the sky?

I know there are still people out there researching and perfecting flying cars. But perhaps flying cars are never meant to be for the future. Instead, I think driverless car is the way to go. Imagine the road filled with driverless cars. Since there’s no human controlling the car, there is no accidents. Driverless cars are able to communicate with other cars near them and inform them their intention of changing lanes. In fact, driverless cars can all travel at high speed without fear of collision. So forget about flying cars. Driverless cars is the future. And we are not far away from that. Google and several car makers are already testing their version of driverless car.

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And we didn’t get Jaws 19 (luckily). The 3 sequels to Jaws were bad. Really bad. We did have 3D although it wasn’t as good as the shark that pop out and “attack” Marty. But you need to wear 3D glasses for that. I doubt 3D will be popular. Back To The Future 2 did correctly predicted flat screen TV that can be hang on the wall. And I’m glad that our TV has better resolution that those in the movie. We don’t view 6 channels at the same time like what Marty Jr did. But we do get distracted with mobile phones and tablets while watching TV.

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Speaking of mobile phones, one thing that Back To The Future 2 didn’t see it coming is the rise of smartphone. There is also no evidence of the Internet in the movie. In fact, if Back To The Future 2 were to happen now, then Marty Jr wouldn’t even need to meet Griff at the Cafe 80’s. They can just talk through social networking sites or Instant Messengers.

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And we hardly use Fax Machine anymore. Lol. It’s hard to imagine having a Fax Machine in every room.

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Back To The Future 2 interestingly predicted that flying drones covering news. While that is slowly becoming a reality, one thing they missed is the way we consume news. If someone crash into the Hill Valley Clock Tower, the news will most likely be all over social media first.

We do have biometric door lock but it is not common yet. We use voice recognition command to control many things. It is not as good as Back To The Future 2 but it is constantly improving. We do not have robots walking our dogs or moving trash can. And we definitely don’t have dehydrated pizza although I wish that will really happen some day.

One thing that I’m glad that the writers were totally wrong is the fashion of 2015. I can’t imagine myself wearing something like what Griff and gang were wearing. Or having pockets inside out. That’s just bizarre. However it would be great to have power lacing shoes and self fitting, self drying jackets.

Back To The Future 2 got a lot of things wrong. But I’m glad they were wrong. Because our version of October 21, 2015 is better than the movie. Welcome to the Future.

Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention 2015

The Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2015 is happening this weekend. The 8th edition of the pop culture extravaganza will be attended by pop culture personalities such as Jim Cheung (co-creator of Young Avengers), Stella Chuu (Cosplayer), Adi Granov (Iron Man: Extremis illustrator), Agnes Garbowska (Artist for My Little Pony) and many more.

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Notable personalities from Japan will also be joining the line-up of pop culture personalities at this year’s STGCC. Acclaimed voice actor Tomokazu Sugita and game designer Mori Toshimichi come from behind-the-scenes to up-close and personal with fans while Japanese crooner You Yanase and song-and-dance sensation Rie Yunohara will be staging a special music and dance segment for the first time in Singapore.

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The Artist Alley will have its largest turnout this year with 178 participants from 11 countries.

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STGCC will also celebrate SG50 through special collaborations with local and international artists. This includes limited edition STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno designed specially to commemorate SG50 by tokidoki creator, Simone Legno.

Hot Toys will also be joining the event with a wide range of latest collectible figures from Marvel and Star Wars like Iron Man 3 Mark XXIV (Tank) Collectible Figure and Luke Skywalker disguised as a Stormtrooper. Also check out the Maria Hill Collectible Figure based on the image of actress Colbie Smulders. Be one of the first in the world to pre-order exclusive 1/6th scale collectible figures from Iron Man and Star Wars by Hot Toys.

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Don’t miss the life size statues of Hulk vs Hulkbuster from Hot Toys. This astonishing display is going to be shown in the Southeast Asia region for the first time ever. The 7m x 8.5m Hulk vs Hulkbuster requires three months of labour from over 30 staff and partners, as well as an additional 8 hours to set up for display

The STGCC is happening on 12 Sept (10am – 9pm) to 13 Sept (10 – 8pm) at Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Level 1, Halls B and C. For more info, visit STGCC website or Facebook page.

Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero

The Star Wars Force Friday unveiled a ton of exciting toys inspired by the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Perhaps the most exciting one is the BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero.

BB-8 was introduced during the first Star Wars:The Force Awakens teaser trailer. During The Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, we saw a real working BB-8 on stage. There were also rumours that Sphero was working on a BB-8 toy.

And here it is.

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The BB-8 is very much like the Sphero 2.0 but with a droid head. You can control the BB-8 with your smartphone via an app that is available for both iOS and Android. You can even make BB-8 convey certain emotions like nodding the head, shaking the head, joy or even panic.

It also has a patrol mode that makes BB-8 roam around the room on its own. And since there’s no sensor or camera, it will bump into walls.

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Like the Sphero, the BB-8 is pretty durable.

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The Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero is retailing at S$239 in Singapore. And yes, this is the droid that you are looking for.

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