On May 25, 1977, from a galaxy far, far away, the first Star Wars film landed in cinemas around the world.
Quite unexpectedly, it became the biggest blockbuster in history almost overnight. It spawned two more films, and then another three, grew into a merchandising behemoth, encouraged numerous spin-offs in a wide variety of media, and has maintained its status as one of the biggest franchises in the world ever since.
What began as a twinkle in George Lucas’ eye, a concept for a science fiction epic, soon became a cult phenomenon, its influence on popular culture almost unparalleled by any other film. The resulting amount of memorabilia is boundless, a fertile ground for fans and collectors.
The first three Star Wars movies, created by George Lucas, were released in 1977, 1980 and 1983 by Lucasfilm. They represented episodes IV, V and VI.
Almost two decades passed before Lucasfilm released the prequel trilogy, Episodes I, II and III, in 1999, 2002 and 2005.
The franchise is set in a fictional galaxy inhabited by alien creatures, many of them humanoid, as well as robotic droids. An important feature is the presence of ‘the force’, a supernatural energy that can be harnessed by those with the ability, either for good or for evil.