May The Toys Be With You

20 July – 3 November 2024

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An exhibition of one of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters.

On 20 July 2024, from a galaxy far, far away comes an absolute must-see for fans of Star Wars and the silver screen…

One of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters is going on display in a stunning exhibition here at Discover Bucks Museum.

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 excited for its first visit to Aylesbury.



May The Toys Be With You has not been prepared, approved or licensed by LucasFilm, Disney or any of its assignees. This is not an official exhibition. The exhibitor recognises that some words, names and designations mentioned within are the property of the trademark holder. They are used for identification purposes only. This exhibition is a privately owned collection of vintage era toys and posters from 1977-1985, and supports the Children in Need charity.



Saturday 20 July – Opening Day!

Come dressed up in your best Star Wars themed outfits to be in with a chance to win our fancy dress competition. Plus meet the wonderful Stormtroopers who will be marching around the Museum and Aylesbury town centre posing for selfies.


‘May the Toys Be With You’ Fancy Dress Competition

Arrive dressed in your best Star Wars themed outfit on Saturday 20 July 2024.

Collect a registration form from Reception on arrival, complete it and hand it to Reception no later than 12:30pm.

Be ready to parade around the garden in your age category for judging from 1pm.

Prizes given out after the parades.


Age categories:

  1. 9’s and under
  2. 10-15 year olds
  3. 16+

Terms and Conditions apply



20 July – 3 September – Summer of Fun!

✔ See amazing Star Wars toys and movie posters in the May The Toys Be With You exhibition

✔ Enjoy creative crafts on Make-A-Toy Mondays, Out-Of-This-World Wednesdays and Fantastic Fridays

✔ Get hands-on in the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery

✔ Discover our Sensory Room, Toy Room + Tudor Room

✔ Have fun in the Garden Play Zone

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3 August – Retro Film and Television Quiz

Grab your friends and come and test your Retro Film and Television knowledge in our quiz covering all genres including children’s TV, Theme tunes, TV, and movies from the 60,70,80,90’s.

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Saturday 27 July
3 August, 7pm-10pm
20 July – 3 September 2024

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