The good folks behind the Plastic Galaxy DVD documentary on our beloved Star Wars toys has just announced via their Twitter feed that their endeavor has joined Kickstarter and is now accepting backers to help fund this project.
A synopsis of the project is listed below:
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.
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 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, more than 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: The Story of Star Wars Toys is a new documentary that explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, the film examines the toys’ history, their influence on pop culture, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.
The filmmakers — rabid Star Wars fans and toy collectors themselves — traveled across the country to visit some of the most amazing collections. Plastic Galaxy is chock full of not only production toys, but also prototypes, bootlegs, foreign figures, and un-produced goodies that no one was ever supposed to own.
Made for both long-time fans and new collectors, Plastic Galaxy is scheduled for release on DVD in November, 2012. It will be available for purchase online, as well as through select brick-and-mortar stores across America.
For more information on this exciting & nostalgic project, visit the Plastic Galaxy site and if you like what you see (which I’m pretty sure you will), head on over to their Kickstarter page and become a backer today!