Hello there, it's me, Erin Sloan, again. This time celebrating probably the nerdiest day of the year: Star Wars Day. Or May 4. As in, May the Fourth Be With You.
There's plenty of plastic involved in the long and complex history of Star Wars. The original movie was one of the first to use plastic vacuum forming for props, body armor, droids and Darth Vader's costume. It also reshaped the toy industry.
But for collectors, a coming reboot for packaging is stoking rebellion.
In 2019, Hasbro, which now has the Star Wars toy license, announced that it would have plastic-free packaging.
That means no more clear plastic windows on packages. Collectors like that film because it allows you to get close to the product without having to open it. Or if you're like me, you can open it and store it and put the item back in there as needed.
Hasbro's rationale was to help make its packaging more recyclable, but as many collectors pointed out, these packages aren't being tossed. They're being savored and doing the noble job of protecting the figure inside for display.
In 2018, Hasbro started the switch to using 30 percent plant-based "bioPET" in its plastic packaging.