Star Wars Identities Exhibition: My Verdict

Entrance

Entrance

This weekend I went to check out the Star Wars Identities exhibition and I took a ton of pictures of the experience and all the epic memorabilia on display such as Han Solo in carbonite, C-3PO, R2-D2, ship models and much much more.

You are given a set time to arrive at the O2 Arena and that soon makes sense because there are a heck of a lot of people. The whole premise of the exhibition, besides checking out all the cool costumes and artwork, is discover your “Star Wars Identity” and this is achieved by ten interactive sections in which you have to make decisions.

Wristband

Wristband

You are given a wristband (above) and an audio guide and earpiece to travel around with. The wristband logs your decisions and gives you an identity at the very end. After watching a short introductory video, you have to make your first decision – which species you want to be… and because I’m boring I chose human.

Choose your species

Choose your species

You simply touch your wristband onto the lit-up hexagon and you can move on. There are also audio points to explain how genes, nature and nurture etc can influence our identities. These felt a bit unnecessary and had very little relevance to Star Wars, although they regularly used Luke and Anakin Skywalker as examples. The two audio points to keep an ear out for are – the origins of Yoda and Jabba the Hut. Very interesting.

At the end I was presented with this Star Wars Identity –

My Star Wars Identity

My Star Wars Identity

Although you have to make many choices along the way about occupation, personality, home preferences, etc, it is pretty obvious from the end product the only factors they used to create my person was gender, skin colour, and my choices to be human and a Jedi. I don’t think the other stations actually effect the outcome, but it’s still fun to do.

The Identities angle is a fun idea because it gives kids something to do, it’s interactive, it’s engaging and it’s certainly more enjoyable than walking around an exhibition but it does cause a lot of congestion. Some stations ask a lot of questions for you to select, which means there are serious queues and they’re not in an orderly fashion. Another downside was the audio guide, which only seemed to work if you held in a particular direction.

The best part was obviously the props, costumes, models etc. That’s what I was truly there for. The other stuff was an added bonus. I was initially unsure about spending £25 on an exhibition because I never have before but it’s worth the price. You can see why it costs that much once you get in and I was there for almost three hours. If you are a fan of the films, I would definitely recommend it – although perhaps don’t go at a weekend when it is swarming with children.

For all the highlights of the exhibition, click on my thumbnails below to enlarge.

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