At the beginning of this month my sister and I went to Quebec to goto the Star Wars Identities exhibit that began it’s world tour at the Science museum in Montreal.
The exhibit’s info was displayed in both English and French. You were given an ear piece where you could select the language that you wanted to hear the exhibit in and you were given a bracelet. The bracelet’s purpose was track your progress through the exhibit, along the way you got to make choices on what kind of a character you would be in the SW galaxy. Once you check out at each station at the end of the tour you are presented with your character and it got emailed to your home email account. Here is my character!
I admit, I didn’t listen a lot to the mini-lectures, I bought the tour’s book instead. I’ve got some mobility issues so standing around for long periods of time weren’t really in the cards for me, I had to keep moving. Cameras were allowed in the exhibit but flash photography was not allowed. So instead I concentrated on trying to photograph everything after setting my camera for the fastest low light shutter setting that I had.
The exhibit was a cool mash-up of props most of which pertained to the actual characters themselves. There weren’t a lot of weapons but there were some ship models – they had a Slave 2, the Falcon, and a really cool large display of Imperial ships vs. ships from the Rebellion. They also had Anakin’s Podracer and the speeder bike he rode on Tatooine from Attack of the Clones.
They also had Anakin’s Podracer and the speeder bike he rode on Tatooine from Attack of the Clones.
One of the big highlights for me was seeing Lando Calrissian’s General costume, that might seem like an odd thing to get excited about but I can’t seem to recall having actually seen it in person before from my other exhibits that I’ve attended. The Hoth Leia costume had been displayed at the FIDM costume exhibit in LA in 2005 that I got to attend. I don’t know if I’ve seen the Bespin Han jacket before.
They also had the Ponda Boda mask (Walrusman.) It is the last remaining mask from the Cantina scene.
The exhibit had 3 Padme costumes – her white celebration gown from The Phantom Menace, her white AOTC jumpsuit, and the purple senate “this is how Liberty dies” gown from Revenge of the Sith. All of the OT costumes other than Luke’s Return of the Jedi costume and Vader were behind glass, it was nice to be able to see the gowns without the reflection of the glass.
They had a nice assortment of Maquettes – 3D sculpture models used by CGI artists to create better life like 3D renderings of the characters in 2D form. They had a bunch of small models of various pod racers and gungans.
Overall the exhibit was great – they even had a section for The Clone Wars that focused on Anakin’s apprentice Ahsoka.
The absolute best thing about the exhibit was that although there were a lot of children in the exhibit they were all VERY well behaved. I compare this to when I went to Santa Ana this spring to the Where Science meets Imagination tour and the children were running amok like chickens with their heads cut off. Canadian children are much better behaved than Californians. It was rather adorable there was one little tyke, he and his sister were there w/ their Star Wars T-shirts on and he was belting out the Imperial march and was hopping with excitement to get into the exhibit. Inside the same little guy spied Darth Vader, beelined right towards him and just shouted with excitement. I couldn’t exactly get upset over a little boy being enthralled by George Lucas’s Dark Lord.
I assaulted my wallet at the giftshop, they had posters, post cards, shopping bags, an exhibit catalog book (nice and thick, they had it in both languages) and t-shirts galore. The swag at this exhibit made up for the fact that they’d sold out of posters when I went to the exhibit in Santa Ana. Next stop for the tour is again in Canada I’m not sure where it’s going after that, but if you get a chance to see this one, it’s filled with lots of great costume props and has a great variety of eye-candy for every Star Wars junky to visually devour with delight!
Here’s an assortment of other photos of displays from the exhibit. There were a lot of original Ralph McQuarrie artwork pieces that I didn’t photograph because people were in the way and closely examining them – so if you get to attend the tour, be sure to take the time to check them out – they were lovely!
R2 & 3PO and Droids and troopers (and Boba Fett)
Artwork and Jedi toys
Tusken Raider and Jawa
Jabba the Hutt stuff including his prisoners Han in Carbonite and Leia’s captive outfit.
Yoda and Luke’s X-Wing pilot costume along w/ Rebel solider helmets.
Finally Jedi – Luke from Jedi, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi (prequel) Kit Fisto, The Emperor, Darth Maul, and Ploon Koon (I think.) There’s also a model of the cool artwork that was in Palpatines office from Sith.