The journey towards ‘The Force Awakens‘ began with #ForceFriday on September 4th and ever since then ‘Star Wars‘ commercial and marketing tie-ins with all kinds of products and places have been popping up around the world. One such example included the news a couple of weeks ago about two iconic starfighters docking at Singapore’s main airport. As a big Star Wars fan I really couldn’t believe my luck with our trip to the south-east Asian country on the horizon.
There is a Rebel Alliance X-wing fighter and an Empire TIE fighter currently exhibiting in a couple of the departure hall’s at Changi Airport which is located in the south-east corner of Singapore island. Thankfully, both are in public area’s so having landed at 6:30am last Friday morning we went upstairs to the departures area in terminal 2 where I looked for the TIE Fighter exhibit. It took me quite a while to find it but had I properly done my research, then I’d have known to just head over to check-in row 1.
The starfighter is not full-size (whatever that is exactly!) but is hugely impressive and has five stormtrooper statues in front of it to protect it from Jedi.
Having dragged a tired wife and mother-in-law over to this exhibit to take my pictures I then used the force on them to get them to accompany me across the bridge to Terminal 3. Not really! I just promised them we could take a taxi to our hotel rather than using the Metro. Give and take and all that! For your information, the two terminals are just a six minute walk apart.
It was a lot easier to spot the X-wing Fighter exhibit near immigration and what an awesome sight it was. As a child growing up in the 1980’s, I had a much cherished X-wing toy so to be able to see a full-size one was quite a sight.
Round the back of the X-wing starfighter plane is an interactive wall featuring the behind the scenes featurette and the trailers. There are also some props and an interactive machine which allows you to hear C-3PO speak some popular Star Wars phrases in 10 different languages.
There are actually four sessions each day in which you can wear a Star Wars costume (of sorts!) and get your photo taken in the cockpit of the X-Wing wearing a wookie, Stormtrooper, Kylo Ren or an X-Wing pilot costume. They are given out on a first-come-first-served basis for sessions at 10:00, 13:00, 16:00 and 19:00. Given that I was in the vicinity before 7am I didn’t feel it fair to make my companions wait around that long! Besides, there was no sign of tickets being given out! Seems like the costumes are more for kids anyway. It would have been nice to sit in the cockpit but I was more than satisfied with seeing it up close. If only I had brought my own X-wing pilot costume with me for my photos!!
Back in terminal 2 there’s also a special Star Wars Christmas tree (below) decorated with the plush toys of eight characters; Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, C-3P0, R2D2, BB8, Yoda and a Stormtrooper.
Changi Airport temporarily joins an ever-growing list of Star Wars pilgrimage sites that fans can visit until 5th January 2016.