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Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 1:32 AM EDT

Toys Are Us: Director's Cut!

And you thought we were slacking off all this time...

X-Ray Films is proud to announce that the Director's Cut of Toys Are Us: A Revolution In Plastic is now available. (Just follow the banner link above to purchase it from

The new cut features extended interviews and conversations with additional artists, never-before-seen footage, and even more fantastic toys. But that's not all!

The Director's Cut DVD also includes two -- count 'em, two -- additional mini documentaries!

The first is called "Toy Making 101," and offers viewers a glimpse of what's involved in taking an original idea and turning it into an actual toy. Besides more interviews with toy designers, this doc features an interview with sculpting great Brin Berliner, who shows off a few tricks of the trade.

The second mini documentary is "An Ancient Vinyl History," which looks at vintage Japanese vinyl character toys, and how these early creations directly impacted the work being produced by designers today. Lots of vintage vinyl toys in this one, kids! If you know what the word "kaiju" means, you'll want to check this one out.

As always, thanks for supporting the DIY film, toy, and art scenes!

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 1:30 AM EDT

You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You

More positive reviews, this time from Format Magazine. To jump directly to the review, click here.

And while you're already slacking off at work, read through the rest of the Format site. They've got lots of interesting articles about art, fashion, music, film and whatever lifestyle stuff strikes their fancy.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 10:56 AM EDT

New Interview

For those who can understand Italian, check out this interview I did with Huragano. I have no idea what I said, but I'm sure it sounds much more sophisticated in Italian than in English...
Friday, September 21st, 2007 6:27 PM EDT


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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 3:22 PM EDT

New Interview With X-Ray Films

X-Ray Films executive producer Brian Stillman -- who apparently enjoys writing in the third person -- was recently interviewed by Toys R Evil. He talked about the making of the documentary Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic, as well as indie documentary filmmaking in general.

You can check out the interview HERE.
Friday, September 14th, 2007 6:28 PM EDT

Toys Are Us & E. Vil. City Film Fest!

Save the date, folks. X-Ray Films will be presenting its documentary, Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic, at the 2007 E. Vil. City Film Fest on Saturday, October 6 @ 3 p.m. The screening will take place at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue (2nd St.) in NYC.

Once again, here's a quick link to the film's trailer, compliments of that $1.6 billion baby, You Tube: TRAILER.

(Or you can just scroll down to the embedded film...)

And stick around for the rest of the fest, which runs from October 3-8. Not only will you get to see some great movies, but you'll be showing your support for local indie cinema. For more information, check out the E. Vil. City Film Fest web site at
Thursday, August 30th, 2007 12:37 PM EDT

What People Are Saying About TOYS ARE US

That's right, the reviews are coming in. X-Ray Films appreciates everyone's support and we're glad you like the documentary!

From Plastic and Plush:
"... Brian Stillman and X-Ray Films have put together a short film that is helpful for newbies, as well as being fun and informative for designer vinyl veterans... Toys Are Us is a must-see if you're new to the designer toy realm. If I was teaching Designer Toys 101...I'd play this DVD and then give you kids a little pop quiz. And for all of you who've been "in the game" since way back in the early 2000''ll enjoy hearing the opinions of many of the artists who were interviewed."
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From Richard VanOver, Owner/Artist, Wheaty Wheat Studios (producers of Joe Ledbetter's Mr. Bunny and Fire Cat toys, among others):
"This is a great documentary on the vinyl scene! If you know nothing about this genre then you should buy this DVD! This DVD will show you the true motivation behind the designer vinyl movement. The interviews rock and so does the music! Designer vinyl for me it deeper than money, it's about the art! I really think you'll see what I mean when you pick up this DVD."
Thursday, August 9th, 2007 2:40 PM EDT

Updates: Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic

First, here's a new trailer for Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic. This is the lower-rez YouTube version ($1.6 billion worth of technology!). Feel free to cross-post this everywhere -- we certianly appreciate the support!

And second, X-Ray Films is proud to announce that the documentary has been chosen as an official selection of NYC's E.Vil. City Film Festival. (As in "East Village" -- get it?) You can find out more about this great festival at So if you want to see it on the big screen, this'll be your chance.
Friday, July 20th, 2007 2:11 PM EDT


Documentaries take a long time to make and are hard work, especially when they're DIY documentaries. So we hope that people understand and accept our apologies for more or less ignoring our news page. Trust us, we haven't been sitting back and twiddling our thumbs (which, by the way, is a severly overrated activity). Instead, we've been finishing our first documentary.

TOYS ARE US: A REVOLUTION IN PLASTIC looks at the weird and wonderful world of designer vinyl toys. Through interviews with the artists who make them and the people who collect them, the film provides a fascinating look into a DIY scene where art and commerce collide, and where making toys isn't just kid stuff.

The film will be available on DVD at Comic Con International in San Diego this summer (July 25-30 2007) exclusively through Toy Tokyo's booth.

If you're unable to make it out to the con, don't despair. You'll be able to buy the DVD from a variety of stores (both online and out in the real world), as well as through this web site starting in August. More information on the subject will be posted here, and feel free to email any questions to us using the form on the CONTACT page.

That's all for now. As always, thanks for supporting indie documentaries.
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