Exhibition there is. Like it you will

Published on Friday, May 4, 2018

Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things. But find them you will, at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, from this summer.


A stunning new exhibition - May The Toys Be With You – will showcase one of the UK’s finest and most complete collections of original Star Wars toys and film posters.


The exhibition, which opens in July, celebrates the vintage, collectible Star Wars line of toys and iconic film poster artwork, from the personal collection of Star Wars devotee Matt Fox.


Like many millions of children growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Matt began collecting Star Wars merchandise as the must-have play thing.


He went on to assemble one of the most detailed and best-condition collections of Star Wars figurines anywhere. 


Visitors will be able to explore the figures and other merchandise chronologically, from the very first ‘Early Bird’ set of figures onwards.


Some of the exhibits will be on display alongside their more rare, alternative versions, while film posters carrying the now legendary Star Wars artwork will complete the picture, including a previously unpublished original alternative artwork for the first Star Wars film by artist Tom Beauvais.


An estimated 300 million Star Wars action figures were produced between 1977 and 1985, with Coalville-based toy manufacturer Palitoy at the forefront of producing the original figures.


The figures quickly became highly collectible, with sales of merchandise even outstripping the box office record set in 1977 by the first instalment of the Star Wars saga.


The original Star Wars trilogy – Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi – tell the story of a galactic civil war, involving the Rebel Alliance trying to free the galaxy from the grasp of the Galactic Empire, and follows Luke Skywalker’s quest to become a Jedi.


May The Toys Be With You runs at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery from July 21, to October 28.


Go, or do not go. There is no try.