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PLASTIC GALAXY is a documentary about Star Wars toys, exploring their history, pop-cultural influence, and the joy they elicit today.

THE FILM

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. 

The DVD will be Region 0, meaning it will be playable on any DVD player or computer in any country. Even in galaxies far, far away...

WHAT AM I SUPPORTING

Funding or not, this film will be released this year! The question is, will the producers have to sell off body parts to do it? We sincerely hope not… 

So far, the entire production has been self-financed. As we enter into the home stretch, we're hoping to raise at least $3,000 to help mitigate costs while we finish everything off. This includes some post-production work, music, travel for last-minute interviews, and producing the DVDs.

THE REWARDS

To thank you for your help, we're offering up some great swag! Signed copies of the DVD, cool T-shirts designed by the director and production designer, and even a special night out with members of the Plastic Galaxy crew!

Here are the T-Shirt Designs we're offering. Each is on a black shirt, and available in S, M, L, XL, XXL, and women's sizes. All were designed by Plastic Galaxy Director Brian Stillman and Production Designer Karl Tate, with an illustration by Karl.

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HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?

The short version: Your donation isn't processed until we reach our goal. If we don't, you keep your money -- and we get nothing. There's no risk that you're funding something that's doomed to failure from the beginning. (And as we said… This movie is absolutely, positively, 100% getting made.)

WHO ARE WE?

We're X-Ray Films! We produce documentaries about the pop-culture we love. Fast and fun, honest and fair, full of energy, and adhering to the highest journalistic standards, our work strives to not only give all the facts, but to tell a hell of a story at the same time.

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

(Star Wars and all related film and property titles, names, and images are registered trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd. This film and associated materials are not authorized, sanctioned, endorsed, approved, or produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. The purpose of this film is to explore and document the history, development, and influence of the creations of George Lucas and Lucasfilm Ltd., and to illustrate the dedication their fans have for their licensed properties. This film and associated materials in no way attempt to infringe on any copyright.)

FAQ

  • When the campaign ends, you'll receive an email asking you to select the style and size of the shirt (or shirts) you'd like to receive. Simple! (If I'd known this from the beginning, I'd have said as much in the description of the shirt. I'm kinda new to this...)

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  • Shipping is FREE in the United States. International orders, please add $6 to your donation for shipping.

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  • Yes! The DVD will be Region 0, which means it will play in any DVD player -- including the one in your laptop or other portable player -- in any country. Or, for that matter, any planet. If you're on Dagobah, and you can find a power outlet, you're good to go!

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    Special thanks on the Plastic Galaxy web site! Every little bit helps, and we really appreciate your support!

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    Special thanks in the credits of the film, as well as on the web site. Showin' the love!

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    A T-shirt with one of three different designs inspired by Star Wars toys! Shirt is black. Each shirt is designed by director Brian Stillman and production designer Karl Tate, with an illustration by Karl. • You'll also receive a "Thank You" in the film credits and on the web site! • SHIRT DESIGNS CAN BE VIEWED AT THE LEFT IN OUR DESCRIPTION. • Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL, and women's sizes. (You'll have a chance to specify size before shirts ship -- we'll send out an email asking about style and size!)

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    An signed copy of PLASTIC GALAXY! That's right: You'll receive the official Plastic Galaxy DVD, signed by Brian Stillman and Karl Tate. • You'll also get a "Thank You" in the film's credits and on our web site!

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    A signed copy of PLASTIC GALAXY + a T-shirt. A special combo deal for those of you who like to watch documentaries about Star Wars toys AND sport stylishly fashionable T-shirts. You can pick the shirt -- the choices are endless! (Okay, the choices are one of three, but hey, that's a lot of freedom!) • You'll also receive a "Thank You" in the film credits and on the web site! • SHIRT DESIGNS CAN BE VIEWED AT THE LEFT IN OUR DESCRIPTION. • Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL, and women's sizes. (You'll be able to specify before they ship.) • Please note: While the film won't ship until November, your shirt will ship out in June.

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    All three shirts! I know... I can't decide which one I like the best, either! • You'll also receive a "Thank You" in the film credits and on the web site! • SHIRT DESIGNS CAN BE VIEWED AT THE LEFT IN OUR DESCRIPTION. • Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL, and women's sizes. (You'll be able to specify before they ship.)

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    Signed Copy of the DVD + All Three Shirts! For those who have to have everything, here's your opportunity. • You'll also receive a "Thank You" in the film credits and on the web site! • SHIRT DESIGNS CAN BE VIEWED AT THE LEFT IN OUR DESCRIPTION. • Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL, and women's sizes. (You'll have a chance to specify size before shirts ship -- we'll send out an email asking about style and size!)

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    Dinner for two in New York City with Director/Executive Producer Brian Stillman and Senior Producer/Designer Karl Tate! Some place nice! To talk about toys (or whatever)! Honestly, we don't expect anyone to select this. But every other film project seems to offer it as a reward, so what the heck! If you want dinner with us and you can get to NYC, we'll be happy to feed you! • You'll also get TWO COPIES OF THE DVD! • You'll also get two T-shirts (your choice!) • You'll also receive a "Thank You" in the film credits and on the web site! • SHIRT DESIGNS CAN BE VIEWED AT THE LEFT IN OUR DESCRIPTION. • Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL, and women's sizes. (You'll be able to specify before they ship.) ••• PLEASE NOTE: You must be over 18 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian (the second person). Reward does not include travel to New York City or overnight accommodations. We will work with you to find an evening that fits all our schedules, and to pick a restaurant that everyone likes and conforms to any dietary restrictions you might have.

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