14/12/2016 2:16 PM AEDT | Updated 14/12/2016 3:54 PM AEDT

There's Never Been A Better Time To Be A Star Wars Fan

The Force is strong in these videos.

Star Wars has permeated practically every facet of our culture. So what could possibly be next? A touring burlesque show complete with custom built costumes, movie props and a chorus line of dancing stormtroopers? Yes.

A new Star Wars film premiers in Australia on Wednesday night (it's called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for those of you not as fanatical as the people profiled in the following videos), we thought it was as good an opportunity as ever to look some of the most extreme highlights from Star Wars fandom in 2016.

Star Wars And Heavy Metal Had A Baby

What began as a joke has become a success of galactic proportions. A group of seasoned heavy metal musicians donning Star Wars outfits and producing a blistering version of the Star Wars Main Theme and an accompanying music video. Most Impressive.

Life-Savers At Play -- Inside Sydney's Lightsaber Academy

Meet Luke Boyton, founder of the Sons of Obiwan Lightsaber Academy, a school buried in an industrial estate in Tuggerah, on the NSW Central Coast.

Rise Of Your Childhood Fantasy Machines

What's involved in building your very own R2D2? We paid a visit to special effects technician Dave Everett and his merry band of robot builders in western Sydney to find out.

Two People Watch Star Wars For The First Time

Okay, Star Wars isn't for everyone. We didn't have to look very far to find two people who have never watched a single Star Wars movie. We plied them with wine and nibbles and played them Episode IV: A New Hope. Things didn't go as planned.