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[Amazon Canada] The Empire Strikes Back Yoda Electronic Mask - $7.77

One of those talking Star Wars masks, but with waggling ears too. Definitely not worth $50, but definitely a try for less than $8 - it is an add on item though. Plus it seems to be going down a few more cents every hour or so, which usually means it is going to go back up sometime soon. So don't wait for too long...

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Nice. Would go well for anyone travelling to France.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/f ... -star-wars
Lightsaber duelling registered as official sport in France
Emulating Star Wars combatants will encourage young people to engage in regular exercise, says French Fencing Federation
Associated Press
Tue 19 Feb 2019 10.42 GMT
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Buzzing … competitors fight it out in a national lightsaber tournament in Beaumont-sur-Oise, north of Paris.

It’s now easier than ever in France to act out Star Wars fantasies. The country’s fencing federation has officially recognised lightsaber duelling as a competitive sport, granting the weapon from George Lucas’s space saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.

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Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate replicas can’t slice an opponent in half. But they look and sound remarkably like the blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies.

The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of the reason why the French Fencing Federation is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: the sedentary habits of 21st-century life.


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“With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don’t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs,” says Serge Aubailly, the federation’s secretary general. “That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.”

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In the past, Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader are joining them.

“Cape-and-sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth,” Aubailly says. “Lightsaber films have the same impact. Young people want to give it a try.”

In building the sport from the ground up, French organisers have produced competition rules intended to make lightsaber duelling both competitive and easy on the eye.


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“We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect,” said Michel Ortiz, organiser of a national lightsaber tournament.

Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth five points; to the arms or legs, three points; on hands, one point. The winner is the first to reach 15 points or, if they don’t get there quickly, the fighter with the higher score after three minutes is the victor. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters a “sudden death” stage, in which the first to land a head or body blow wins.

Since it is still counting its practitioners only in the hundreds, lightsaber duelling has no hope of a place in the Paris Olympics in 2024. But hearing the buzz of blades may encourage others to give the sport a try.

Or, as Yoda would say: “Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try.”
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That is some scary shit. Good price though, lol.

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