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A sneak peek at Star Wars Identities exhibition

The Star Wars Identities exhibition combines original props, movies and costumes from the classic movies with the option to create your own character.

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Star Wars Identities is full of items from the collection of George Lucas himself. It's at London's O2 until September 2017.

Highlights include these costumes worn by Peter Mayhew, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams as the heroic Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian.

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Mannequin Skywalker.

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Costumes worn by Natalie Portman as the formidable Padmé Amidala.

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These are the real costumes and props worn on screen.

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Create your own character, with various familiar races to choose from.

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This is the original costume worn by British actor Jeremy Bulloch when playing bounty hunter Boba Fett.

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A Stormtrooper helmet from the original Star Wars movies.

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In the centre, a redesigned Stormtrooper helmet as worn in "The Force Awakens".

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A modern "Force Awakens" Stormtrooper costume shoulder-to-shoulder with the classic costume.

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BB-8, the cute droid who appeared in "The Force Awakens".

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Our two favourite droids, R2-D2 and BB-8.

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Boba Fett's blaster.

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The actual Boba Fett helmet seen in the Star Wars movies.

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The costumes are replete with tiny details.

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The torturous EV-9D9, referred to as a "she".

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An attack droid from "The Phantom Menace".

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A line-up of villainous droids, including EV-9D9.

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The exhibition features concept art from the likes of Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston, who defined the look of the Star Wars universe.

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Which character do you think this early design became?

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Can you guess now?

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These are early models for the character of Jar-Jar Binks in "The Phantom Menace".

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Jar-Jar was meant to be comic relief, but he wasn't popular with many fans.

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The exhibition includes interactive displays that help kids learn about what factors shape them.

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A detailed model of one of the creatures from the Star Wars universe. Say hello to podracer Dud Bolt.

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A Tusken Raider from the planet Tatooine.

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Han Solo is one cool character. Harrison Ford provided his face for the mould, but nobody knows whose body was moulded for the carbonite prop.

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Recognise these eyes? They're the moving eye elements of the Jabba the Hutt prop.

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An Imperial Star Destroyer heads into battle with the iconic ships of the Star Wars universe. The huge model is packed with detail.

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Models like this Imperial Star Destroyer are referred to as "miniatures", despite their impressive size.

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An Imperial AT-AT model used to film the snowy battle sequences in "The Empire Strikes Back".

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The opening wings of an X-Wing fighter were meant to look like western heroes drawing their guns.

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The elegant Imperial shuttle Tyderium, as seen in "Return of the Jedi".

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"Do or do not -- there is no try." It's the Jedi master Yoda.

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Yoda is given to gnomic utterances, but early designs for the aging Jedi wouldn't have looked out of place in a garden.

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The exhibition includes concept art by designer Joe Johnston.

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Rebel pilot helmets were equipped with yellow visors to hide running make-up.

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"Laugh it up, Fuzzball!" The loyal Wookie co-pilot, Chewbacca.

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An early sketch of Han Solo and Chewbacca.

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The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the iconic Millenium Falcon, was inspired by the shape of a hamburger.

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The Nautolan Jedi Kit Fisto.

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"An elegant weapon for a more civilized age..." A lightsaber, the storied weapon of the Jedi.

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"I find your lack of faith disturbing..." The dark lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader.

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An early sketch of a Samurai-style Darth Vader.

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The villainous Darth Maul.

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These are not the hippies you're looking for...

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When you create your own character, their story is emailed to you.

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