Of all the niches within the nerd community it always seems toy collectors are ragged on the worst. Why are you still buying toys? What do you mean you don’t open them? You bought how many? What do you mean different paint jobs? But really, we should be thanking the toy collectors because without their fervent purchasing of any and all merchandising some properties wouldn’t be the mega-hits they are today. Take Star Wars for instance. Much, and I mean MUCH, of the saga’s popularity is due to its merchandising, particularly all those toys.
Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys is a documentary directed by Brian Stillman which will pull the curtain back on the history of Star Wars toys and the collectors who hoard them. Check out the teaser,
I’m hoping this doc has the same positive and celebratory tone of Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. It’s so much better when we celebrate our geekdom rather than watch somebody else mock and pick it apart.
Here’s the film’s description from its official page and Kickstarter page. They are still accepting donations if you want to help out! Note, the release date has been moved to November of this year, not August like the trailer states.
When Star Wars landed in the theaters, it introduced audiences to a galaxy filled with heroes and villains, robots and space ships, and a dizzying variety of alien life. But when the lights came up, they all disappeared…
Unless you had all the toys. In which case, the adventure never had to end.
In backyards, playgrounds, basements, and bedrooms, Star Wars toys helped kids re-enact scenes from their favorite movies, and create entirely new dangers for Luke Skywalker and his friends to face. They were lusted after on holidays and birthdays, swapped with great cunning out on the school yard, and carefully collected like fine treasures. Like no toys before them, the action figures, space ships, play sets, and props were a phenomenon that swept the nation with as much force as the film that inspired them. Along the way they transformed both the toy and movie industries, earned those behind them vast amounts of wealth, and ultimately created a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over not only the people who grew up with the toys, but also an entirely new generation of fans.
Plastic Galaxy is a documentary that explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.
The film, which will be released on DVD, also includes tours of some of the top collections — comprising prototypes, bootlegs, foreign toys, and all manner of surprises. DVD extras, including micro-documentaries and extended interviews, make Plastic Galaxy a prize for not only newer fans, but also long-time collectors.
Plastic Galaxy will be released on DVD in 2012.
What do you hope to see in Plastic Galaxy?