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Record numbers turn out to feel the force at New Walk Museum

Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Star Wars toys

A STUNNING exhibition at Leicester’s New Walk Museum that showcases one of the UK’s finest collections of original Star Wars toys has attracted more visitors in its opening weekend than the hugely popular Fearless Foxes exhibition in 2016.

More than 3,500 people visited May The Toys Be With You over the weekend, watching demonstrations of Korean martial arts and Star Wars-style sabre fighting, before enjoying the extraordinary collection of action figures and rare film posters on display.

This compares to the 2,791 fans who flocked to the launch weekend of Fearless Foxes – the exhibition celebrating Leicester City’s fairytale season – on 4-5 June 2016.

Fearless Foxes went on to attract more than 100,000 visitors in its five-month run – and deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair believes May The Toys Be With You could be another summer blockbuster.

“We are very lucky to be exhibiting this incredibly detailed and complete collection of vintage Star Wars figures and memorabilia – and it’s already proving popular with the public,” he said.

“The owner of this extraordinary collection, Matt Fox, has worked closely with our design team at the museum to create a stunning exhibition that will appeal to a huge audience.

“I’m delighted with the visitor numbers for the opening weekend and I’m sure that many more will be heading to New Walk Museum over the coming months to see this exceptional collection for themselves.”

May The Toys Be With You features around 460 objects from the personal collection of Star Wars devotee Matt Fox, including a breathtaking collection of action figures – many of which were manufactured by Palitoy in Coalville.

The exhibition opened to the public on Saturday (21 July), when 2,346 visitors came through the doors. Just under 1,200 turned up to enjoy the exhibition on Sunday (22 July).

May The Toys Be With You is free to visit and runs at Leicester’s New Walk Museum & Art Gallery until 28 October.