Star Wars doesn't just entertain kids, it also tries to help them.A congregation of art inspired by BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and designed by stars of the film, descended on London for an exhibition which opened to coincide with the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film. The miniature BB-8 inspired models have been designed around the theme ‘Best of British’ by stars including Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis and Simon Pegg and are all part of a ‘Force for Change’ auction to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Designs include Daisy Ridley’s representation of a classic British seaside and Mark Hamill’s homage to Pinewood Studios, , while Simon Pegg’s interpretation celebrates Britain’s most famous musical export, The Beatles. All of the creations will be on display in London’s White Rainbow Gallery (47 Mortimer Street) for the public from 19th-21st April. In support of Star Wars: Force for Change, the initiative will raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity with the designed droids being auctioned off for charity via an online auction from 18th April 7pm to 21st April at 11.59pm. All of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, on behalf of Force For Change.
They are the droids we're looking for!Mark Hamill: “It might be in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside but Pinewood will always be a galaxy far, far away for me. Star Wars has an unparalleled legacy here in Britain and I'm delighted it contributes so much to the thriving film industry. My BB-8 brings to life the Pinewood exterior, clapper board and the 'Now filming Episode VIII' sign, which is what I'm doing right now.”
John Boyega: “My BB-8 is based on my Stormtrooper, FN2187, merging the light and dark side, much like Finn's own journey in The Force Awakens. Having spent so much time with the incredible BB-8 making the film I was intrigued what an amalgamation of the droid and my own Stormtrooper would look like. It is unmistakably based on FN2187 because of the three red blood marks, which represent the point in the film Finn first shows his human side.“
Warwick Davis: “With this exhibition taking place on the week of The Queen's landmark 90th birthday, my BB-8 is a tribute to Her Majesty and all she has done for Great Britain during her reign. With its body sprayed a powerful gold to represent the crown jewels, the circular panels bring to life the royal crest, EIIR symbol and the Union flag. I could imagine this BB-8 being the Queen's loyal servant for the day.”
If you fancy bidding on BB-8 yourself, you can find the link here.
In case you didn't already know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on the 18th of April and you can buy it here.
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