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May the 4th Be with You: Celebrate Star Wars Day 2018 in the Philippines

25 April 2018 | Febriana Ramadhanya

Every May 4th brings you closer to A Galaxy Far, Far Away. On this day, fans everywhere celebrate the franchise by dressing up as their favorite character or donning their favorite Star Wars merchandise. Here are some clothing, accessories, toys, and figurines you can splurge on to commemorate the legendary space opera on Star Wars Day 2018.

Official Star Wars Merch

Image courtesy of Disney

Just like many other big media franchises with huge followings, Star Wars carries their own official merchandise. These Star Wars official merch range from graphic t-shirts, bags, stationery, toys, jewelry, costumes and many more that are offered directly by Disney.

Because there are so many Star Wars merchandises out there, you need to know how to distinguish between the official and fan-made Star Wars products. Original merchandise would typically have a price range of RM100 up to a whopping RM6,000 while fan-made goods would be priced much lower (some as cheap as RM3 and above).

Star Wars Movie Marathon

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This is perhaps the most common activity you can do to celebrate Star Wars Day but you can elevate this movie marathon session with a few simple tips. Since the Blu-ray version of Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi was released last month on Amazon, you can opt for that version instead of the regular DVD. You can also create food, snacks, and drinks with a Star Wars theme using cookies, popcorn, marshmallows and more.

While watching the movie, make it more fun by asking some trivia questions or creating your own Star Wars drinking game with your own homemade Star Wars-inspired cocktails. After finishing the marathon, continue the party by playing board games like the Monopoly Star Wars Edition or Risk: Star Wars Edition, both from Hasbro Star Wars Board Games.

One Force Designs

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While some may opt for full costumes or graphic tees, others would choose subtler accessories like bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry. You can always purchase fan-made items or for more one-of-a-kind designs, buy from official-licensed jewelry stores.

One Force Designs has been officially licensed by Disney Star Wars LucasFilm to distribute uniquely designed jewelry that you can't get from any other official stores. They offer a wide range of bracelets, earrings, and necklace categorized by color or the Force (Dark or Light Side).

What separates One Force Designs from the rest is their Galactic Changes series. Think of it like a charm bracelet but for every other jewelry. Using their exclusive interchangeable coins, you can customize the pendants based on your preference. The charms include designs inspired by Kylo Ren, the Death Star, BB-8, and more. Check out below to see how the Galactic Change series works!

Lego Star Wars

You don't have to be physically wearing Star Wars merchandise to celebrate May 4th; you can do so by collecting Star Wars toys as well. In fact, one of the most popular Star Wars merchandise is the Lego Star Wars series. You can easily and fully recreate your favorite scenes or battles with all its characters, starships, and other details with Lego Star Wars.

The collection includes miniature versions of your favorite characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Yoda, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca as well as miscellaneous iconic figures like the Imperial Star Destroyer, Death Star, and the Millennium Falcon (also the largest and the most expensive Lego Star Wars set ever made).

Hot Wheels x Star Wars

Image courtesy of Hot Wheels (L) & The Star Wars Underworld (R)

If automobiles are more of your cup of tea, you can always check out the Star Wars collection from Hot Wheels. While this collection doesn't focus much on the characters, it does feature all of your favorite vehicles from the franchise. This includes characters' individual vehicles like Boba Fett's, Rey's, and Emperor Palpatine's vehicle as well as the bigger ships like the Millennium Falcon, Heavy Assault Walker, Poe's Ski Speeder, and Kylo Ren's TIE Silencer.

Aside from the vehicles, this collection also includes various playsets for all your cars, jets, and ships to cruise in. However, some people would prefer to keep their Hot Wheels Star Wars in their original packaging and only be displayed instead of played with. While this increases the value for some of the items, what's the use of these Star Wars toys if you can't even play with them?

True fans don't need to wait around until that day to show their love for the epic space opera and you can express your appreciation for Star Wars starting from now. Also, since Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released by the end of May, it gives you an excuse to prolong your May 4th celebrations! Have fun and may the force be with you!

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