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FEATURE: Local ‘Star Wars’ fan makes replica lightsabers

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“I spend two-thirds of my time organizing events. My mission is to promote Star Wars in Taiwan as hard as I can to draw out more fans,” he added.

One of his proudest moments was an outing to the Presidential Office Building on last year’s Star Wars Day.

Darth Vader, Chewbacca and a motley crew of intergalactic characters chanted: “May the force be with you” alongside Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), while toy-gun-toting stormtroopers joined military police to stand guard outside the landmark in downtown Taipei.

This year, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) made a surprise appearance at the event in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義) celebrating international Star Wars Day.

Holding a lightsaber, the main weapon in the Star Wars universe consisting of a metal hilt and a plasma blade, the president and 100-plus fans, dressed up as popular characters from the movies, such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia, yesterday shouted the most famous slogan from the franchise: “May the force be with you.”

She stayed at the gathering for about five minutes before wrapping up her surprise appearance.

Tsai Makoto said he hopes that the president’s seal of approval for this year’s event will encourage more Star Wars and other sci-fi franchise lovers to attend similar events, without feeling that dressing up like sci-fi movie characters is immature or childish.

With plenty more Star Wars films planned by the Disney-owned franchise in the years ahead, Tsai Makoto said that he is confident he will have new generations of fans flocking to buy his lightsabres.

“I am very optimistic that there will be more and more die-hard fans and we can definitely keep the momentum for at least another decade,” he said.

Additional reporting by CNA

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