Among the top-grossing Hollywood blockbusters of all time, Star Wars launched one of the most successful movie and licensing franchises in history. Yet much of the film's backstory was set in Britain, where the original trilogy was made and where early efforts at tie-in merchandising were spearheaded. The author provides a detailed account of the saga's British connection, including personal recollections of fans in the UK, exclusive interviews with staff members of Palitoy who took on the challenge of producing millions of toys, and the story of how a group of writers from the underground press in London combined with Marvel comics to produce the first Star Wars expanded universe.
Craig Stevens began as a fan of Star Wars in 1977 and went on to become a world-class collector and the editor of the U.K Star Wars Fan Club magazine. Craig has also become very well-known for constructing some of the most impressive Star Wars models from Lego. He spent several years as a Lego professional. News coverage of his 2015 auction of Star Wars collectibles at Vectis Auctioneers of Thornaby, including a record-breaking GBP17000 amount paid for a Boba Fett action figure brought Craig's Star Wars passion to a world-wide audience. Based in Whitby, North Yorkshire he continues to be an active member of the Star Wars collecting community and has written many influential blogs and articles.