Full disclosure: Back in the day, I was a notorious Star Wars toy collector. I had dozens upon dozens of figures in my personal collection, though, being a kid at the time, I took all of the figures out of their packaging and used them to recreate some of my favorite scenes from the movies. Sometimes I’d even cross-pollinate; it wasn’t entirely uncommon for Luke Skywalker and a mighty batch of Ewoks to wage war against Destro or Cobra Commander while dodging attacks from a small group of Rock Lords. I feel that I may have revealed too much.
Below you’ll find the teaser trailer for writer/director/producer Brian Stillman’s upcoming documentary “Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys”. The film is a loving look at how these molded plastic delights influenced an entire generation of children, and how they continue to have a remarkable hold on countless adults the world over.
From the official plot outline:
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.
Although the teaser states that the film will be released this August, it’s actually been Google+Reader”>pushed back to November. When you’re ready to geek out a little bit, feast your eyes on the 30 seconds of glorious memories below. After that, take a moment to gawk at some of the photos pulled from the official Facebook page. They’re pretty nifty.