Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys

Movie Club: Toy Crazy

When Star Wars landed in theatres, 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.

Brian Stillman’s new documentary explores the fascinating history of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it looks at the toys’ genesis, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.

In backyards, playgrounds and bedrooms, Star Wars toys helped kids create entirely new adventures for Luke Skywalker and friends. They were lusted after on holidays and birthdays, swapped with great cunning out on the school yard, and carefully collected like fine treasures, a phenomenon that swept the nation with as much force as the films themselves. Along the way, they transformed both the toy and movie industries and created a hobby that, 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.

'Hearing from the men who worked at Kenner from the very beginning of the Star Wars phenomenon was like reading a new chapter in a book you’re read a dozen times. (…) A love letter to Star Wars toys – and a very enjoyable love letter at that.'- Flickering Myth

The screening will include a display of vintage Star Wars collectibles and a Q&A with Sydney Star Wars toy collector James Ackland.

Bookings essential

Individual Movies

General $15 Conc/Members $12

When & Where

Sunday 12 April 2015 11AM–1PM

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988

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