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Star Wars: The Nostalgia Awakens

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Nostalgia awakens for fans of a galaxy far, far away at the Little Chute Public Library.

It's where you'll find a most impressive collection of original Star Wars toys, the largest ever to be displayed in Wisconsin.

Like millions of Americans, Steve Thiry is a lifelong Star Wars fan.

"I grew up in Star Wars land and wanted to fight all the battles and have all the toys," says Thiry.

Now, as director of the Little Chute Public Library, Thiry has all the toys.

From 1978 to 1985, Kenner Toys manufactured a universe of action figures, vehicles and playsets featured in the original trilogy: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

And thanks to a Wisconsin collector, not a single toy was lost in the swamps of Dagobah or frozen in carbonite.

"This is the entire Kenner line. So we've got them all, and our friend Jarrod who put this collection together traded up all of his toys that he played with to get better and better representations, so these are kind of the top of the tier of what survives today from the Kenner toy world," says Thiry.

The Nostalgia Awakens display is free to the public and will be at the Library through February 28.

Since opening, Thiry says he's been amazed at the reaction children have to their parents' excitement about the toys.

"To recognize that we were there once, and we were excited about toys too and we were really excited about toys, especially these toys, so we can have that connection and get to that common ground again which is so important to us," says Thiry.

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