May The Toys Be with You

Published on: Fri, 21/01/2022 - 15:34

May The Toys Be with You

One of the UK's finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters is going on display in a stunning exhibition at The Hub in Lichfield.

Back when the movie Star Wars broke box office records in 1977 no-one could have predicted that the merchandising would go on to earn even more than the film itself. The toys of Star Wars took the world by storm and became the must-have playthings for an entire generation. From 1977 – 1985 an estimated 300 million action figures were sold, allowing children to re-enact the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.

May The Toys Be With You is both a celebration of the now highly collectable vintage toy line and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies. From X-Wing Fighters to lightsabers, these fantastical designs have fired our imaginations and stamped their place on our cultural landscape. For little kids and ‘big kids’ alike, this is an unmissable opportunity to view many rarely seen Star Wars treasures. This exhibition has broken visitor attendance records at a host of museums around the country and we’re very excited to be bringing it to Lichfield.

Check out the Hub's website and its social media channels for up-to-date news and information on the exhibition and the additional programme of Star Wars events and activities.

The Hub Creative Director, Anthony Evans said: "Star Wars is a massive cultural phenomenon, loved by children, parents and grandparents alike so it’s super exciting to be bringing May The Toys Be With You to Lichfield. As well as the exhibition, we’ve also included Star Wars themed shows and events in our spring line-up and extra Star Wars treats during half-term. Look out for the British Battalion of Stormtroopers patrolling Lichfield on Feb 19!"


Date: 22 Jan -19 March

Time: Mon – Sat 9.30am – 3pm,  Sun 10am – 4pm

Please note that 10am – 11am on Sundays will be an Autism-Friendly viewing time for the exhibition, with visitors being asked to keep noise levels to a minimum and the lights turned down. 

The exhibition is FREE to visit.

Please note tickets are needed for weekend viewings of the exhibition to keep visitors safe, and are available as timed entry slots every 30 minutes. Book your FREE TICKETS on our website

This Exhibition has been generously sponsored by:

  • Richard Winterton Auctioneers 
  • West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD)
  • Lichfield District Council
  • Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust
  • The Conduit Lands Trust