NEWS: PETER CUSHING 'TARKIN SLIPPERS' AND STAR WAR TOYS: MAY THE TOYS BE WITH YOU!
A collection of Star Wars memorabilia and toys has gone on show at a museum in Kent. The exhibition, called 'May The Toys Be With You', opened earlier at The Beaney art museum and library, in Canterbury. It is the first time the toys and posters, owned by collector Matt Fox, has been put on public display. It has been timed to coincide with the release of the new Star Wars film, Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
Back when Star Wars began in 1977 no one could have predicted that the merchandising of Star Wars would actually earn 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.
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.
As well as the exhibition, there are also associated activities taking place at the exhibition will be at The Beaney until 6th March 2016.
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