One of the longest standing toy lines in history, the story of Star Wars action figures and accessories is told in the new documentary Plastic Galaxy, which is a must see for any child of the 70s and 80s. The entire movie is available now for streaming on Vimeo, and can be rented or purchased. To get a taste of what this provocative expose has to offer, we've included the trailer and poster, which should get any respectable collector pretty excited.
From X-Ray Films and director Brian Stillman Brian Stillman, Plastic Galaxy soars through the groundbreaking and breathtaking universe of Star Wars toys. We get to see interviews with former Kenner toy company employees, experts, authors, and collectors, as the film goes on to examine this history in molded plastic, its influence on pop culture, and the fond and fervent feelings many adults still hold for the product line today.
When Star Wars: Episode VII landed in 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.
Take the journey, and return to a time when Star Wars ruled the galaxy! The entire movie is available to purchase or rent through the embed trailer: