With Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out next month, Star Wars nostalgia is at its highest point. It’s hard to escape the Force of all the promotional elements and merchandise that have been released in the past months, going from action figures to video-games to even more niche products, like a Darth Vader toaster — for those who like their breakfast a little on the Dark Side.
One of the things about Star Wars that has captivated children and grown-ups alike from the beginning are the spaceships. There is Han Solo’s classic spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon, Darth Maul’s Scimitar, and the unforgettable X-Wings from the Rebel Alliance. At some point, every Star Wars fan has dreamed of piloting one of these, or at least taking a look inside one. And now, the good news is that, if you happen to visit Singapore’s airport soon, you might get the chance to explore an actual X-Wing.
Singapore’s airport is housing a life-sized X-Wing on Terminal 3 for all travellers to enjoy and explore. According to Toggle and The Strait Times (via Kotaku), tickets to climb into the cockpit of the rebel fighter will be given on a first come, first serve basis every day until January 5. Tickets are limited to 80, so if you want to get a photo inside the X-Wing, you should prepare a plan to get your ticket before they run out.
On Terminal 2, you will have the chance to visit a TIE fighter, the standard Imperial starfighter. Although it is a scale model, and not one you can explore inside, chances are it will still be a delight to fans until January 5th as well.
An X-Wing is parked at Changi Terminal 3! pic.twitter.com/yTW3PGFnhm— wisnu wijayanto (@tujuhtigatujuh) November 13, 2015
TIE Fighter at Changi Airport... pic.twitter.com/G8w1m5IzBe— Rigel Bartolome (@rakatan) November 8, 2015
Meanwhile, Nippon Airways Star Wars-themed plane, painted to look like fan-favourite droid R2D2, landed yesterday and will be parked at Changi Airport until tomorrow. This is the first commercial airplane to have a full Star Wars theme, offering its attendants some R2D2 designed paper napkins, paper cups, and headrest covers.
All these spacecraft promotions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens wouldn’t be complete without the legendary Millennium Falcon. The Falcon didn’t get the scale model treatment, but instead it was chosen as Wired magazine’s December cover. This triple-panel cover, custom-designed with the VFX experts at Industrial Light and Magic, manages to capture the essence of the Millennium Falcon, though with a few technical changes.
Christian Alzmann, senior art director at ILM, explains:
“The big change on the Falcon is that radar dish, because it was knocked off in Return of the Jedi through some of Lando’s close-quarters flying. As far as the rest of the Falcon goes, we had a whole crew that went up to the archives and saw the original five-foot model from Empire. So the textures are from the original, pretty much. I’m sure our artists put a lot of love into it and fixed anything they found troublesome.”
Star Wars fans in Singapore: this is your big chance to feel like a rebel fighter inside the X-Wing or part of the Empire in front of the TIE fighter. As for the rest of us too far from Changi Airport, Wired magazine and its triple-panel cover will give us a dose of Star Wars nostalgia with one of our favourite spaceships in cinema history.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.