“Star Wars Identities” exhibition comes to London

A touring Star Wars exhibition offers sci-fi fans the chance to get up close to props from the film franchise and even create an interactive Star Wars identity.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) – The “Star Wars” universe comes to London this month as part of a touring exhibition where fans of the hugely successful sci-fi saga can get up close with the franchise’s famous characters.

“Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition” features around 200 props, costumes, models and artwork from the original “Star Wars” films by George Lucas as well as an interactive quest where visitors can create a “Star Wars” identity.

“Throughout the experience the visitor is going to be seeing a comparison of the evolution of two characters. Luke Skywalker and Anakin Skywalker,” said Communications and Museum Relations Director of X3 productions who are touring the exhibit, Sophie Desbiens.

“We hope it’s going to create a conversation about who you are. How did you become who you are? Why are you like that?” she added.

Using interactive wristbands and displays visitors can choose which characteristics they share with the protagonists of the films, culminating eventually in the choice of whether to follow in the way of the Jedi or the dark side of the force.

Exhibits include original costumes from the Episodes I – VI of the popular franchise, such as an original Darth Vader suit worn by David Prowse, a Yoda puppet and an iconic model from “Star Wars – Return of the Jedi” of Han Solo in Carbonite, molded from the face of Harrison Ford.

Desbiens said the exhibit celebrates the craft of the original film’s costumes and props, made years before CGI became a common feature of blockbuster movies.

“In those days movie making was a very different craft and a lot of things were made by hand and all of these objects that we have here, they were not created to be exhibited for posterity, they were created just to be used for one scene.”

One of those objects on display were the eyes from an original puppet of Jabba the Hutt.

“It shows you old school craft, because what you see is the eyes and behind the eyes you have all the wiring that’s still attached. But that’s all that is left of Jabba because latex does not preserve and does not keep over the years so it disintegrated,” Desbiens said.

The exhibition, previously in Canada, France, Germany and Austria, will run in the British capital until September 2017.