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The Star Wars Trilogy

A Digital Star Wars Scrapbook.

6. October 2014 11:43
by jedi1

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys

6. October 2014 11:43 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

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.

Like no toys before them, Star Wars toys were a phenomenon that swept the nation, transforming both the toy and movie industries, and ultimately creating a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over its fans.

PLASTIC GALAXY: THE STORY OF STAR WARS TOYS 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 DVD also includes more than 40 minutes of extras! • Tiny Toys, Giant Disaster: The Star Wars Micro Line • Know Your Toy Lightsaber! • The Art and Science of Kenner Prototypes • Steve Sansweet: The Secret Origin of a Record Setting Collector.

Available to rent or buy immediately on Vimeo, or as a DVD in a keepsake case from this is a great documentary that really captures the magic of having Star Wars toys as a kid in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the joy they still bring to kids and collectors today. The interviews with the former Kenner designers were especially interesting, I guess I had always assumed that the license to print money made them a faceless and inhuman empire, when in fact most of them were very enthusiastic about the toys and took care to ensure that every toy had play value - yes they are/were collectible, but more importantly you could really play with them.

I still have most of my vintage Star Wars figures, but I had to leave most of the toys and playsets behind when I moved to the United States. The figures and the cardboard Death Star Playset are all that remain of my collection, and they are all well played with. More importantly to me, they are still played with by my children. That the toys themselves are durable enough to last this long and still be fun to play with only proves how great the world Kenner created in miniature really is.  

Vimeo is great, but if you're like me you will want to add this to your collection, so I recommend you buy the DVD

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The Star Wars Trilogy | Another Japanese Empire Strikes Back Magazine

The Star Wars Trilogy

A Digital Star Wars Scrapbook.

4. December 2013 11:25
by jedi1

Another Japanese Empire Strikes Back Magazine

4. December 2013 11:25 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Here is another Japanese publication on The Empire Strikes Back, published in 1980. It has 66 pages full of beautiful color photographs and behind the scenes / making of information. It says on the cover that this is part 1, which might make the first Japanese Empire Strikes Back magazine I posted back in June, part 2, or that might be completely separate. I'm afraid I don't know much about this one either. If you do, please let me know, and I will add the information to this post.

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