Running at London’s O2 until September 2017, Star Wars Identities is a must-see treat for fans of the Sci-Fi saga and will make a great day out for families looking for something to do over the upcoming festive period.
All of the 200 exhibits on show – including models of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing, the Millennium Falcon, an AT-AT, a full size speeder bike from the prequel trilogy, plus C3PO, Stormtrooper, Clone Trooper and Darth Vader costumes – are original props.
Unlike many film themed shows, there are absolutely no replicas anywhere on display.
In addition to the exhibits, which are well displayed and presented, Star Wars Identities uses a mixture of sounds and interactive screens to create a rich, immersive experience which is themed around the journeys of discovery undertaken by Anakin and Luke Skywalker in the first six films.
Each visitor is issued with a headset, which is activated when they stand close enough to an audio ‘hotspot’, and an RFID wristband which can be used to complete a series of questions about the visitors’ experiences and thoughts on family, culture and values.
As this personal journey is undertaken, the terminals build up a unique picture of each visitor, creating for them a personalised Star Wars character of their own which is displayed as they leave and will be emailed to them.
This provides a nice, bundled souvenir for fans but of course the gift shop adjacent to the exit has a wide array of t-shirts, collectables and toys so parents and die-hard fans should make sure they pack their debit cards.
Because many of the items are rare or one-offs, there’s only a single instance of the exhibition running at any one time and international demand to see the show, which has already toured Canada and France, means it’s unlikely the London run will be extended or that the show will return in the foreseeable future. For this reason we’d suggest fans book early to secure what may be their only chance to enjoy this unique and well presented collection of Star Wars history.
In our opinion the exclusive use of original props means fans are getting good value for their money – tickets cost £20 for adults or £25 at weekend and peak times on holidays, children’s tickets cost £15 or £18 but children under five go free. Concessions and family tickets are also available.
Organisers says it’s best to book ahead to avoid queuing or even making a disappointing wasted trip out to North Greenwich.
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