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One of UK’s top vintage toys collection hits Northampton

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‘May the Toys Be With You’ features collectables never exhibited before and is a celebration of the highly collectable vintage toy line of the Star Wars movies

One of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters went on display at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery last Saturday.

‘May the Toys Be With You’ features collectables never exhibited before and is a celebration of the highly collectable vintage toy line, the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies.

For little kids and big kids alike, this is an opportunity to view rarely seen treasures such as the fantastical designs of X-Wing Fighters and lightsabers, which have fired imaginations and stamped their place on the cultural landscape.

Cllr Adam Brown, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Culture and Leisure, said: Star Wars is an enduring cultural phenomenon. The trilogy has stood the test of time and continues to capture the imagination of children and adults alike.

The exhibition has already broken visitor attendance records at a host of museums around the country and we’re very excited to be bringing it to Northampton. We anticipate that it will be one of the most popular exhibitions at the museum since its reopening, he said.

Collection owner and exhibition curator Matt Fox said: A wise man once said, ‘collecting is a sickness and sharing it is the only cure’. If that’s true, then I’ve been infected with the Star Wars bug for nearly all of my life.

I encountered the film as a wide-eyed five-year-old and purchased my first figure, Darth Vader, soon after, he said.

He said: I’m very pleased and honoured to be able to share my collection at Northampton Museum this summer, it’s an amazing venue and the exhibition is going to be unmissable for fans of the movies!

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