The new exhibition named “Star Wars Identities” that opened at the Cité du Cinema to north of Paris at the weekend, has pulled in thousands of fans in just a matter of days.
The fact the opening coincided with the start of the school holidays in Paris, will have helped boost attendances but the main reason for success is the chance for fans to see scores original objects used in the cult films and to discover which Star Wars character they resemble the most.
Divided into three major themes "Origins, Influences and Choice" through which are explored ten components of human identity, the exhibition displays more than 200 original pieces from the archives of Lucas Arts Museum, including models, props, costumes and sketches who built the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas
There's even Darth Vader’s and Chewbacca's costumes as well as numerous props dozens of other objects being exhibited for the first time.
There’s R2-D2, Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon and Anakin’s full-sized Podracer.
Visitors are also given interactive electronic bracelets, which allows them to become their own Star Wars character. They can find out if they would be a Wookiee or Jedi Knight or more importantly if they too would have crossed over to the dark side of the force.
There were reports of lengthy queues on its opening weekend, so the best time to go appears to be in the morning, during the week – so you might need to take a day off work.
(Take a look inside the exhibition courtesy of this report from Parisian News TV)
Entry is regulated to 250 people, every half an hour.
A word of caution. Warning signs around the exhibition make it clear to visitors that it is forbidden to bring a lightsaber.
The exhibition runs until June 30, 2014. Tickets bought online in advance, cost €22 for an adult and €17 for under-14s, and should in theory mean you’ll have less of a wait when you arrive.