Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys SNEAK PEEK TEASER FOOTAGE! from Plastic Galaxy on Vimeo.
When Star Wars landed in the theaters in 1977, 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 the toys. In which case, the adventure never needed to end.
Plastic Galaxy is a documentary about those toys.
They raised moolah on Kickstarter and are hard at work finishing up their documentary.
I remember leaving the theater in 1978 and seeing a poster for the action figures and thinking. "Oh my God, there's toys."
With hundreds of toys and products yanking on kids to get their attention today, it is hard for people to realize just how integrating into our lives Star Wars was.
We woke up in our Star Wars Underoos, in our beds with Star Wars sheets and pillowcases, covered with Star Wars blankets and Star Wars plush toys. We ate our Star Wars cereal and brushed our teeth with our Star Wars toothbrush and dressed in our Star Wars shirts. We grabbed our Star Wars backpacks with our Star Wars pencils and folders and Star Wars lunchboxes. We went to school and played Star Wars every recess. We didn't have the attention span of goldfish, we did this for YEARS. (I didn't mention the Star Wars erasers, soap, trading cards, plastic heads filled with candies, Halloween costumes, wood that our dad painted to look like light sabers, or the hundreds of damn toys. Everything I'm mentioning I had and we were a middle-class family.)
I don't know if the documentary will capture this or if they are focused on the Kenner toys.
Their website is HERE.