On 20 July, from a galaxy far, far away comes an absolute must see for fans of Star Wars and the silver screen.

One of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters is going on display in a stunning, free exhibition at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, opening on Saturday 20 July and on throughout the summer holidays.

Back when the movie Star Wars broke box office records in 1977 no one could have predicted that the merchandising would go on to earn even more than the film itself. The toys of Star Wars took the world by storm and became the must-have playthings for an entire generation. From 1977 – 1985 an estimated 300 million action figures were sold, allowing children to re-enact the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.

Collector Matt Fox says: “May The Toys Be With You is both a celebration of the now highly collectable vintage toy line and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies. From X-Wing Fighters to lightsabers, these fantastical designs have fired our imaginations and stamped their place on our cultural landscape”.

For little kids and big kids alike this is an unmissable opportunity to view many rarely seen Star Wars treasures, and young Jedi also have the opportunity to dress up and wield a lightsaber themselves!

This touring exhibition has broken visitor attendance records at a host of museums around the country, and this will be its first time in the West Midlands.

Whilst marvelling at the amazing Star Wars collection, visitors can also take their own Star Wars selfie, enjoy hands-on activities in the Millennium Falcon Cockpit and chill in the Death Star reading and soft play area as well as enjoying a number of special activity days in the school holidays.

Some very special guests are visiting the Art Gallery & Museum for the official opening of the exhibition on Saturday 20 July. Visitors are also encouraged to come in their own Star Wars costumes.

May The Toys Be With You is free and open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm. For more information contact the Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371 or visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or follow @worcestermuseum

Photo courtesy Andy Burton.

 

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