May The Toys Be With You

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

21 July – 28 October 2018

An exhibition for big kids and little kids alike, celebrating the iconic toys and artwork of the Star Wars films.

Tom Beauvais, Star Wars, 1977

The success of Star Wars, which broke box office records in 1977, was only surpassed by the sale of its merchandise. The toys, from lightsabers to X-Wing fighters, defined playtime for a generation of children.

An estimated 300 million action figures were sold globally between 1977 and 1985, but rather than beginning in a galaxy far far away, they were originally made by Palitoy in Coalville. This exhibition celebrates the Leicestershire company's role in the global phenomenon and brings together a wealth of highly collectable vintage toys and original film posters, many of them rarely displayed in public.

An exciting events programme complements the exhibition and there will, of course, be lightsaber-wielding opportunities for younger Jedi.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun, 11am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 31 Dec, 1 Jan

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