This will be a day long remembered. On January 14th 2014, news broke that the documentary, Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys, had finally been released to the public. Obviously, I had a huge interest in this when it was announced and have been following it ever since it had been originally announced a few years ago. I’ve watched several documentaries on Star Wars over the years which mainly focused more on the modern type collector who mainly buys all the current released product, the waiting in lines for the prequel films, and dress up for the 501st, but there had never been one that looked more into the vintage collector or mindset. I had hopes that this was finally going to be the documentary geared for me and maybe something I could show someone who didn’t quite get why I collect these now ancient toys from the past.
After a year and a half delay, I finally received my copy yesterday and promptly put it on the T.V. I knew right away from the opening credits, which presented itself like a vintage Kenner catalog, that I was in for a really good treat. The documentary has some great interviews with many of the top collectors in the field, but the even better surprise was several of the people who also worked inside Kenner. Because of this, as we go through the journey, we get the original child’s view, but at the same time what was going on behind the magic curtain at Kenner.
I think there’s a great broad view of items covered to pique the interest of anyone who remembers these toys. There’s plenty of footage showing the regular figures, vehicles, and playlets that exist in collections, but then it even goes further by showing some of the prototypes as well including original wax sculpts, drawings for the original card art, and mock up pieces for unnproduced toys, so it really caters to you no matter where you are currently at in your collecting journey.
I don’t want to give away too much, but overall I think this turned out great and is something that every collector should own even if they don’t collect vintage. This is a great addition to all the great books that have been self published by other collectors like the Kellerman book and Gus & Duncan’s Guide to Prototypes.
The price is $21.00 and it can be purchased direct from the directer at http://futurious-industries.myshopify.com
In the near future it will also be available on Amazon.com
Below is the original trailer/teaser footage which was put out quite some time ago.