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'Star Wars' fans feel force as hi-tech exhibition hits town

The evil Darth Maul (aka Callum Nolan, left, aged 12) takes on Obi-Wan Kenobi (aka Ryan Quinn, right, aged 9) and Qui-Gon (aka Conor McInerney, centre, aged 8) in a battle to promote 'Invasion Dublin'. joe keogh

SEVEN of the original cast members from Star Wars -- including the man inside the famous R2D2 robot -- will be mingling with up to 15,000 fans as Ireland's largest celebration of the intergalatic film series gets underway here this weekend.

Former circus and cabaret star Kenny Baker, who starred in all six of the films, will be signing autographs as fans dressed as their favourite characters celebrate all things 'Star Wars' at 'Invasion Dublin' at Hall 1 in the RDS.

More than a hundred members of the 'Emerald Garrison' costuming club will assume the characters of Darth Vader, Yoda, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and others.

Alongside the colourful costumes and hi-tech props will be gigantic life-sized sets.

They include the 20-foot tall Scout Walker and a massive 30-foot long Skiff set.

Enthusiasts of all ages will be performing re-enactments of scenes from their favourite films.

Serious collectors will be in heaven with 'Star Wars'-themed comic books, art and other memorabilia all up for grabs.

And one of the world's biggest 'Star Wars' fans and collectors, Stephen Sansweet, will also be on hand to autograph his 14 books on the subject.

"Nowhere else in the world will you ever be able to fulfill your 'Star Wars' dreams, sitting side by side with the emperor himself," said event organiser John McDonald.

The event runs from tomorrow through Monday. Tickets start at €12 and are available at the door or on www.invasion.ie.

Irish Independent