This photo suggests that Lee Hsien Loong might be Darth Vader

But he really, really wants to be Yoda.

Jonathan Lim | December 30, 2015 @ 11:14 am


Ok ok, it was a click bait title.

How can he be Darth Vader when he has all his limbs intact?

So recently Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared a post on Facebook about him going to watch Star Wars Ep VII: The Force Awakens.

The post promptly went viral because who would’ve expected the PM to have a life outside of running the country, right?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. I used to have more time to go to the movies. As Yoda says, “Do or do not….

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday, 26 December 2015

So where’s the Darth Vader connection in all of this?

Well, it’s actually in a subsequent photograph the PM posted in response to someone’s comment about getting a lightsaber:

LHL lightsaber

Here’s the bigger photo:


This particular lightsaber model belongs to none other than the fallen Jedi and Sith Lord Darth Vader. It looks like a replica of the one Darth Vader used in Star Wars Ep V: The Empire Strikes Back.

This is what Yoda’s lightsaber looks like:


PM did say in 2012 that the only Star Wars film he watched was Revenge of the Sith (not the best Star Wars movie to start with, but that’s a debate for another time), but we guess he would have preferred Yoda’s lightsaber because the lightsaber fight between Yoda and Darth Sidious in that movie was pretty sick.

lhl revenge of the sith

If the Darth Vader replica lightsaber was given to him by the folks at Lucasfilm, this lightsaber would be worth quite a bit — especially if hardcore collectors are willing to shell out serious dough for it.

Let’s take the original prop lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker, for instance — this went for US$240,000 in an auction in 2008.

This is the lightsaber you are looking for. Source
This is the lightsaber you are looking for. Source

We wonder how much a Prime Minister-owned lightsaber would fetch.


Photographs of PM Lee Hsien Loong from his Facebook.

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