From Saturday 13 February Hove Museum will be displaying rare Star Wars items loaned from private collections. These will include very early figures and ‘dioramas’ (displays) from the first series of Star Wars movies, such as a Land of the Jawas set, released by toy company Kenner in the 1970s.
The museum already displays a well-known collection of historic toys in its Wizard’s Attic area, including a rare model of an AT-AT, the feared combat vehicle from the first Star Wars film trilogy. The new display, which will sit in the museum’s Collectors’ Corner and has been loaned by two of the museum’s staff, includes more unusual items, in particular figures, from the second Star Wars trilogy. These demonstrate how merchandising developed between the two film series, as the array of characters grew and increasingly diverse options were explored.
The sale of the company behind the Star Wars films, Lucasfilm, to Disney in 2012 created further opportunities for new toys, and the new display brings things right up to date with a recent Disney Star Wars/Cars crossover range. This display will be open until 17 May and has been designed to appeal to all, from vintage collectors to those new to the world of Star Wars.