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.
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.)
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