Watching Vintage Star Wars Toys Get Made Is Strangely Cathartic

I mean, it’s not like there’s anything particularly stressful going on in the world today or anything, but sometimes, you just want to watch people putting legs on plastic AT-AT walkers for a few minutes, no?


Filmumentaries—a.k.a documentarian Jamie Benning, who recently also gave us rare footage of Chewbacca’s English lines on the Empire Strikes Back set—posted this short clip of rare footage from inside Kenner and Palitoy’s manufacturing facilities in the U.K., featuring lines of workers putting together some of the most iconic toys in history together.

It’s short, but a fascinating part of that “How the sausage is made” sort of intrigue, isn’t it? Star Wars toys have a long, storied history, but there’s always something fascinating about watching them being built and packaged.


[Via CBR]

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Cat Tarsus Sinus

I am not even kidding, that bit at the end showing the shelves and pegs full of Star Wars toys got me a little misty-eyed. Scenes like that were my childhood and they’re the kinds of things I never expected to see again. I mean, who films or takes pictures in a toy store, right? It’s ridiculous, (you don’t have to tell me, I know) but nostalgia can really choke you up when you least expect it.

As for the building the toys section (Give me a bin of vintage Kenners, please!) it’s nice to see that, since after they got into my hands the process eventually got reversed. There’s a massive dirt cliff near where I was a kid that probably still has a majority of the ‘83 or ‘84 Joe line buried beneath it.