Original article from Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia = HERE
Kuala Lumpur: 31 August is known to Malaysians as a…. PUBLIC HOLIDAY first haha What’s the occasion? Hari Merdeka… Independance Day for folks in Malaysia! This year, 2017, it had another cause for celebration – Force Friday II!
What is Force Friday?
Basically Force Friday is an event where Star Wars licensees launch all the new series / season of Star Wars merchandise / toys / collectibles. It is a globally synchronized event organised by selected toy retailers (the big named ones), who use a ‘stroke of midnight unveiling’ style event aka ‘midnight launch’. The festivities on the list include crowd interaction fun games, activities, trivia quiz, costume contest, which is held through the time of 10pm – 11:59pm. This can be very testing because the mall / shops close at 10pm, which means air-conditioning is shut down. Woe to the costumers!
So Malaysia’s Force Friday II took place in Mid Valley’s Toys R Us outlet. The gathering was a much anticipated one as it gave friends & fans yet a another date on the calender to geek out!! The others are May 4th (May The FOuRth) or May 6th (revenge of the SIxTH), Star Wars READS, The Road to [Next Star Wars Movie]… and now Force Friday and other Star Wars movie anniversary. This year was a grand year as 2017 marked the 40th anniversary release of Star Wars: A New Hope.
Coincidentally, Tourism Singapore & Disney worked out a 3 year deal that will place Star Wars attractions at various locations in Singapore, launched on Force Friday II. This event is called Experience the Force SINGAPORE. Famous vehicles (and other displays like character statues) from the Star Wars universe, from miniature models to full sized 1:1 scale, will be build and placed at selected locations thru out Singapore and will be moved from location to location as time goes by.
So I was fortunately that Experience the Force SG, also ran through STGCC, which I was making my trip to. STGCC is Singapore Toys Games Comic Convention aka Singapore’s Comic Con.
Force Friday II Singapore was held in ION Orchard and the Experience the Force SG were held there itself within the mall as well as the whole entire street walk way on ION Orchard and the cross section of Orchard Road & Scott’s Road.
Now that the back ground is set, back to the topic above.
I’ve heard friends & fans say before, that here in Malaysia we don’t get certain items / certain models of collectibles. Dollar for dollar, items in Malaysia were cheaper after conversion. Example a Hasbro 3.75″ figure would cost RM40, the same figure would cost S$20. So if you convert by some 2.85 Ringgit to the S$ dollar… it would be cheaper for Singaporean collectors to cross the border & buy in Malaysia. So in this light I think it’s a fair trade off for Malaysians. We don’t get everything, but for what we get (basic stuff), it’s slightly cheaper.
Regional Price Change
Then from 2015 I started noticing a big change at the pricing, the regional pricing and of course the weak Ringgit getting weaker. Now it seems that basic figures in Malaysia have gotten a price hike almost twice in a year which was 2016. Example Marvel Legends 6″ figures from RM79.95… jumped to RM99.95 and then to RM139.95. From 99.95 to RM139.95 within the same year, from one Marvel movie to another. Ridiculous.
Mean while, in Singapore Marvel Legends 6″ are priced at S$39.90 which converting at 3.12 still equals about RM 124.80. The difference is still about RM15 at the high of 3.12. This goes the same for the beloved Star Wars Black Series 6″ figures. And at the end of the day we still don’t get those special triple pack, or two pack or collectors edition. This really has Malaysia friends & fans angered.
The Stuff Malaysia Doesn’t Get
At least for Marvel fans, we can still get most of the Marvel stuff released by Hasbro but our Star Wars friends & fans are not so fortunate. Most of it is Hasbro stuff, though not all of it are. So here are the items that we spotted at Force Friday Singapore that Malaysia didn’t get…. nor do we know if we’ll ever get. #DamnTheMan
- The Black Series: Centerpiece – Darth Vader.
FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 10 of 10]
- The Black Series: Centerpiece – Luke Skywalker (Hoth Snow Speeder Pilot).
FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 10 of 10]
- The Black Series: Luke Skywalker X-34 Land Speeder
FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 8 of 10] Possibly because they might already have the SDCC 2017 Limited Edition version!
- The Black Series: Rey’s Speeder (Jakku)
FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 8 of 10]
- Electronic PORG.
FANS PISSED OFF – MID – [Level 7 of 10] Either you love them or hate them. Time will tell.
- NERF Rey’s Blaster (Island Journey)
FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 8 of 10] Because it’s remembered as a the last souvenir handed personally by the great General & Smuggler Han Solo
- BB-8 2 in 1 Mega Playset
FANS PISSED OFF – MID – [Level 6 of 10] Old skool fans love these big play sets as they were one of the more innovative evolution of the era of just figures and vehicles, back in the 90s.
- Nerf Poe Dameron Blaster
FANS PISSED OFF – MID – [Level 6 of 10] Not so hyped as Poe has yet to use his blaster as of Ep7. Who knows in Ep8
- Forces of Destiny (Dolls) – Princess Leia (Endor Adventure with Wicket, Hoth with R2-D2)
FANS PISSED OFF – Uncertain- [Level Unknown] Sentiment & nostalgia because she was the fans first Princess of the galaxy! On the other hand, doll figures don’t usually sells so well.
- Forces of Destiny (Dolls) all the other LADIES! – Rey (Jakku / BB-8), Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Ahsoka Tano, Hera Syndulla, Padme Amidala.
FANS PISSED OFF – Uncertain – [Level Unknown]
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