This year Christmas comes a little early, on the 18th December to precise. How can that be? Well, it’s the international release date for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Now say what you want about The Last Jedi – I had plenty of disagreements with friends who said it just wasn’t a great movie. There’s no denying that with this seemingly being the actual finale to this string of three trilogies that started back in 1977, for fans like me it’s pretty much-taken precedent over Christmas plans this year.
So for those of us who may be checking countdown clocks (less than 100 days to go now!) and refreshing Fandango to check when pre-sale tickets go live, what can be done to pass the time that doesn’t involve going down C3P0 conspiracy threads on Reddit?
Here are some ideas of fun Star Wars related activities you can try out that aren’t just watching the movies or loading up Battlefront II.
Become a Stormtrooper in VR
Billed as a “hyper-reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a VR based game that sees you putting on a haptic helmet, backpack and vest, before pulling down a visor and walking right into a mission to recover Imperial intelligence.
If you’ve been lucky enough to play around with VR before using a Sony or Oculus headset, you’ll know how immersive it can be. This game/ live experience takes it to the next level though. You enter a maze as a team of rebels disguised as Stormtroopers. Even though you’re not wearing a costume, whenever you look at each other, all you can see is another Stormtrooper.
For anyone who likes solving puzzles in escape rooms, fighting giant lava monsters or wants the luxury of firing their blaster, this is a great little time killer.
The experience is only available at The VOID which has select locations throughout the country and internationally, and is ideally made for four players so grab some buddies.
Commit to building a Millennium Falcon
At the time of writing this, there are just about two months left before the movie comes out, giving you that perfect excuse to finally buckle down and build your own Millennium Falcon. It won’t go taking up too much garage space though. You can buy model Star Wars kits that are built to scale.
If you were looking for a well-made kit, rather than a Lego set, for example, you’d be wanting to look at something in the $1,400 – $1,600 price range and to make sure it comes from a licensed manufacturer. And if you already have a Falcon taking pride of place at home, there’s always the X-Wing or half-scale R2-D2 to have a go at.
Literally ride the Millennium Falcon
Everyone and their dog has been talking about this all Summer long and I still haven’t even made plans yet to visit Galaxy’s Edge at Disney (I sayonly Disney because both parks on either coast have their own version of Galaxy’s Edge).
I’ve been told that Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is impressive if you’re in the front two seats, but not as much if you’re stuck in the back. In my opinion it’s just cool to be able to ride a full-size version. The closest I’ve ever gotten has been the arcade machine where you sat inside a chair that faced up as a screen (I think it was just called Star Wars – If I’m wrong let me know).
Also, a little not about anyone going to Galaxy’s Edge at either Disneyland or Walt Disney World – it’s not finished yet. It doesn’t look like a construction site, but some areas and rides still aren’t completed. For example Star Wars: Rise of theResistance doesn’t open until just before the movie is out at Disney World and won’t be ready until January 2020 at Disneyland.
Still, you can always go and build your own lightsaber or droids at one of the workshops.
Become a Jedi Origami Master
Lastly, this tip I like because all it requires is some paper and patience. And with it being a free hobby to try out, you’re not going to feel like you’ve wasted money if you give up after a few hours.
It’s surprising how many objects, and even characters from the Star Wars Universe can be made using paper. I used to think Origami was incredibly hard but turns out it’s quite simple if you stick to the instructions. If you Google around you will get hundreds of free guides on how to make anything from an X-Wing to BB-8, and there are also a tonne of YouTube guides that make origami feel fool-proof.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and hopefully have something new to do while waiting for the movie to come out.