A brand new exhibition, Star Wars: Identities is touching down at The O2 this week and we went along to a preview this morning in an advanced state of excitement. It’s not just a display of costumes, models, artwork and storyboards, although there’s LOADS of that, it’s also a study of identity and how it’s created.
There’s an ongoing interactive journey to go on around the exhibition as you build your own Star Wars identity, and you get some help from a cool wristband that bleeps you in to each step. I know what you’re thinking – not another interactive exhibit, please, but this is DIFFERENT, I promise and I tell you what, it’s great. We loved it and it makes a trip round the, frankly amazing, collection of Star Wars gold even more exciting. At the end of your trip you’ll have a fully rounded character and be faced with a heart-rattling decision. (I think you can guess what that decision might be!)
As well as a wristband you’ll get an audio pack with a hook-over ear-piece that makes you feel like a secret service operative or a door guy at an exclusive celeb club. The sound is good but it does have a tendency to cut out if you move slightly out of position. It doesn’t matter, the important stuff is what you see not what you hear.
I should point out at this point that it’s actually illegal to write about Star Wars without gratuitously including a few references and quotes. That’s true, I didn’t just make it up, so here goes. What you see is a smartly assembled collection of goodies and baddies, what they wore, how they travelled in a galaxy far, far away and how they developed as a Force to be reckoned with. Stormtroopers shoulder Boba Fett aside, Chewbacca and Han Solo stand ready for action and Yoda stares quietly at the floor.
The glittering eyes of Jabba the Hutt glare into your own and C3PO and R2-D2 share rolling space with BB-8 across the hall. These ARE the Droids you’re looking for. There are X-Fighter models, Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters and the actual Millennium Falcon in miniature, all of which were used in the filming. If you don’t know much about Star Wars, you’re still going to love this exhibition and if you’re a fan, you’re going to be close to heaven – the Force is strong in this one, everybody.
You’ll also end up with the Star Wars identity you created along the way and you can see your giant-sized self up on the exhibition screens. In short, this is the best fun you can have this side of the Dagobah system. But watch out for who’s waiting for you in the final room of the exhibition – it’s a trap!
Star Wars: Identities is at The O2, 18 November 2016 – 3 September 2017