Star Wars paraphernalia flying off the shelves

JOHOR BARU - From posters to action figures, Star Wars paraphernalia are being snapped up by fans just days before the movie hits local cinemas.

Wuming Trading co-owner Ivy Pan said her two shops located in the City Square shopping mall and KSL Mall have been frequently visited by Star Wars movie fans.

"We have all sorts of Star Wars memorabilia such as posters, mugs, fridge magnets, key chains, t-shirts, hoodies, and collectible action figures to choose from."

All of these Star Wars items have been imported from foreign countries especially from Europe, London, Hong Kong and Taiwan, she said when met at her shop here yesterday.

Pan said that demand for Star Wars memorabilia has skyrocketed since the movie trailer for Episode VII: The Force Awakens had come out early this year.

"With the new movie coming out soon, we expect the demand for Star Wars items to increase tremendously especially from diehard fans who have been collecting the memorabilia for a long time.

"For example the price for a small poster in our shop is around RM57, while the bigger poster costs not more than RM300," she said.

Pan pointed out that the good thing about Star Wars memorabilia is that the design of the poster will always be different from other versions while the older it is, the more expensive it becomes later on.

She added that most of her Star Wars customers were local teenagers, Singaporeans and expatriates.

When asked which among the Star Wars characters fans wanted to buy the most, she said it had always been Darth Vader.

Star Wars is a film series created by George Lucas.

The first film, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was released back in 1977 and became a worldwide cultural phenomenon.