Thursday 29 September 2016

Star Wars super fans on the countdown to midnight

Published 03/09/2015 | 23:29

Elizabeth Bailey (left) with Helen Edgar, Kerry and Mohammed Alghamdi, Dublin and characters from Star Wars at the Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
Elizabeth Bailey (left) with Helen Edgar, Kerry and Mohammed Alghamdi, Dublin and characters from Star Wars at the Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
The Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
The Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
Breno Ramos, Brazil and Gary O'Toole Dublin with characters from Star Wars at the Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
The Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
Breno Ramos, Brazil with characters from Star Wars at the Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
Helen Edgar, Kerry with characters from Star Wars at the Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
Helen Edgar, Kerry with characters from Star Wars at the Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron
Helen Edgar, Kerry and Mohammed Alghamdi, Dublin with characters from Star Wars at the Disney Store on Grafton street for the launch of the new Star Wars Merchandise from the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Picture:Arthur Carron

For many Irish Star Wars fans, midnight just couldn’t come fast enough.

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It might be three months before the next instalment of the intergalactic saga hits the cinemas, but Disney is cashing in early on the new movie with toys, collectables, books and a range of other merchandise going on sale today.

It’s been aptly dubbed'“Force Friday'.

Consumers have spent $20bn (€18bn) on Star Wars gear since the first film came out in 1977.

And tonight a crowd of would-be Leias and Lukes lined up outside the Disney Store on Dublin’s Grafton Street.

They wanted to be first to get their hands on a plethora of new gadgets from the latest instalment in the sci-fi saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Fans also got an early glimpse of some of the characters in the seventh film in the series. They were joined by keen collectors of movie memorabilia who were at the top of queue, determined to see what was on offer at midnight.

The Dublin event proved a raucous riot of colour and noise as RTE star Stephen Byrne whipped up the crowd and dished out spot prizes. The new film is due to be released in December.

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