VIDEO: Sneak peek first look at May The Toys Be With You - Star Wars exhibition at Experience Barnsley
The force is strong in South Yorkshire as Star Wars fans get all excited under their Darth Vader helmets for May The Toys Be With You - a new exhibition of vintage toys, posters and other memorabilia.
There's a box of toys worth £10,000, some individual items valued at hundreds of pounds...and others, just a few pence each.
But curator and collection owner Matt Fox believes it will inspire visitors to go check their attics, garages and drawers for super rare Star Wars toys like a Boba Fett figure which sold last year for $85,000.
WATCH: Check out our full Facebook Live sneak peek first look, now embedded in our YouTube player below, with Star Wars collection owner Matt Fox and Barnsley Museum's Exhibition Officer Alison Cooper chatting to Graham Walker - or CLICK HERE.
Stormtroopers, Darth Vader and a TIE Fighter Pilot - members of the UK Garrison cosplay team - will be on parade for 'selfies' at the launch, at Experience Barnsley, inside the iconic Town Hall, on Saturday, April 21.
Matt Fox, owner of the incredible collection, will reveal how it came about, what his most treasured object is and the rarest item, with two special talks at 11am then 12 noon inside the Council Chambers. He says: "Why not a Star Wars toys exhibition in Barnsley?
"These toys have been collected by fans all over the world and there's such a huge interest in the film franchise. It will bring back a lot of memories for people who remember having some of these toys. But we've also got original posters, even two life size Stormtroopers."
Family activities also include the chance for young fans to dress up as a Jedi and wield a lightsaber.
May The Toys Be With You is free to enter and runs until Saturday, July 15.
But Barnsley Council organisers are anticipating such a huge interest in the opening weekend they have made it a tickets only first two days, with additional tickets required to attend the talks.
All tickets are free but fans must register and download them - visit experiencebarnsley.merlintickets.co.uk and to attend either 30-minute talk see eventbrite.co.uk, then search for Experience Barnsley. Full details at www.experience-barnsley.com.
Matt Gladstone, Barnsley Council's Executive Director Place, heading up economic regeneration and culture, said the exhibition is a showcase of designs which have fired imaginations and stamped their place on the cultural landscape.
It i set to attract visitors from beyond the borough to view what is a celebration of the now highly collectable vintage toys and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies.
He said: “The collection of toys and memorabilia included in the exhibition will be a real treat for any Star Wars fans. For little kids and ‘big kids’ alike, this is an unmissable opportunity to view many rarely seen Star Wars treasures.
"We are extremely proud that Barnsley will be the first location in Yorkshire where people can see this incredible collection for free.
“If you are planning on coming to visit on our opening weekend and take part in all the exciting activities, at Experience Barnsley, please do make sure you book your free space online to avoid disappointment.”
* Visitors are being encouraged to support the free exhibition with donations to Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, which raises funds and supports exhibitions by Barnsley Musuems, owners and operators of Experience Barnsley, Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens, Worsbrough Mill and Country Park, The Cooper Gallery and Elsecar Heritage Centre. To find out more and to donate visit www.bmht.org