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Jedi do battle in Paris as museum hosts Star Wars toys

Published on Oct 7, 2012 1:22 PM
People look at Star Wars toys displayed during an exhibition at the Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris on Oct 3, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - The Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo... Chewbacca.

Home to some of the greatest works of Western art, Paris is now playing host to an exhibit light-years away from the French capital's traditional fare - hundreds of toys from the last 35 years of the Star Wars saga.

Until March 17, Les Arts Decoratifs museum in a wing of the Louvre is hosting epic Jedi battles, stormtroopers on the hunt for droids and grooving aliens at the planet Tatooine's Mos Eisley Cantina.

It may seem an usual subject for a museum that also displays Art Nouveau furniture and Lalique glassware, but Dorothee Charles, the curator of its toy department, said there is a place for Star Wars toys in the annals of art.

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