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oojason
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General Star Wars Documentaries (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
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9-Jan-2020, 6:27 PM
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Toy Empire: The British Force Behind Star Wars Toys

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000c7nq (until 15th January - you will need to be in the UK, or to access UK tv, to view?)

(a 2019 release, 29 minutes long - a great watch for those that collected the Palitoy / Kenner figures and toys 😃 )
 

The blurb:-

"Star Wars superfan David Whiteley celebrates the unlikely toy heroes of the 1970s.

Toy manufacturer Palitoy based in Coalville, Leicestershire, was chosen to make toys for the new Star Wars movie in the UK. The company was already successful with Action Man and Tiny Tears. But Star Wars toys were about to become the must have toys of a generation. It was an unexpected success. At that time toys from films didn’t sell well. Rich archive brings the nostalgia of the 1970s back to our screens, as David Whiteley meets the men and women who made it happen against all the odds, and the enthusiasts whose pocket money toys now fetch eye watering sums.

‘Toy Empire: The British Force Behind Star Wars Toys’ tells the success story of the toys would change the way movies are marketed forever."
 

BBC Page