Star Wars fans in the Midlands are in for a treat in July 2018 when they welcome Matt Fox’s exhibition May the Toys be with you to the New Walk Museum in the heart of Leicester city centre.

New Walk Museum made the announcement on their website today…

On July 21st, 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 new exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. Coalville was the base for Palitoy – the British company behind the iconic vintage toys – and this Summer Star Wars is coming home!

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, and this is a chance to discover the role Leicestershire toy company Palitoy played in this incredible global success story.

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 may even have an opportunity to dress up and wield a lightsaber themselves!

Look out for an exciting events programme to complement the exhibition including a special opening day event on Saturday 21 July!

Matt appeared on episode 95 of The Toy Run  podcast with hosts Criz Bee and Jake Stevens to talk about the exhibition and his love of all things Star Wars. Click here to listen to the episode.

The exhibition coming to Leicester feels special as Coalville was the base for Palitoy – the British company behind some of the most iconic vintage toys – and this summer, those toys are coming home.

Check out the New Walk museums website for more details of up and coming events linked to the exhibition.