Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys - Documentary Screening at Minicon 51 in Cinema Obscura

In the 1970s, Star Wars toys helped kids re-enact scenes from one of their favorite movies. The action figures, spaceships, play sets, and props transformed both the toy and movie industries. The individuals behind them earned a lot of money, and the toys created a hobby that is enjoyed not only by the people who grew up with the toys, but also a new generation of fans.

In Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys, interviews with former Kenner employees, collectors, and authors provide a look at the toys’ history, their influence, and the memories cherished by Star Wars fans.

This 70-minute documentary is scheduled to be screened at Minicon 51 on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 1:45pm-3:00pm in Cinema Obscura (Atrium 8 of the Doubletree Bloomington Hotel at 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55429). A trailer appears below:


Sky Line - Documentary about the Space Elevator to screen at Minicon 51 in Cinema Obscura

In 1979, Arthur C. Clarke wrote The Fountains of Paradise, a novel about the concept of building a space elevator from the earth's surface into outer space. Today, several visionary entrepeneurs and scientists are trying to make that science fictional concept a reality.

This 74-minute documentary will be screened at Minicon 51 on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5:45pm-7:00pm in Cinema Obscura (Atrium 8 of the Doubletree Bloomington Hotel at 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55429).

The Green Girl - Documentary Screening in Cinema Obscura at Minicon 51

Most science fiction fans probably recognize the Orion slave girl from Star Trek: The Original Series. That iconic character was portrayed by two actresses, Yvonne Craig (who played Marta in the episode "Whom Gods Destory") and first by Susan Oliver in the original 1964 Star Trek pilot, "The Cage", later used for the 1966 two-part episode "The Menagerie". "The Cage" was the most expensive pilot in NBC history to that point.

Susan Oliver appeared in many other television shows and movies, but her name remains relatively unknown to this day. In the 1970s, her interests moved from acting to writing and directing. She was an original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women in 1974, and she fought to eventually become one of the only women directing major TV shows in the early 1980's, including M*A*S*H.

Director George Perry stated, "It’s always bothered me how often Susan Oliver was (and continues to be) overlooked by the industry to which she gave so much of her life. I felt it was time for someone to finally acknowledge her amazing life and many accomplishments."

Susan Oliver died of cancer when she was only 58 years old.This documentary uses Susan Oliver’s iconic Star Trek performance as the jumping-off point for an insight into the short but remarkably full life of an actress who many critics believe should have been one of the biggest movie stars of her era.

Minicon will be screening this 97-minute documentary on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at 12:00pm in Cinema Obscura (Atrium 8 of the Doubletree Bloomington hotel). A trailer for the film appears below.

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Happy Leap Day!

This is your reminder that today is the pre-reg deadline.

Probably everyone knows the following, but just in case: Everyone on the concom should register. Everyone who plans to be a panelist should register. There are no free memberships for concom members (nor for panelists, musicians, etc.; not even for the chair). We would love to see everyone and expect another great year!
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Minicon 51 Programming Sign Up

Minicon’s proposed panels are up and available at

To sign up to be a panelist, please write directly to

Please include the following information:

The panels that you are interested in by title

Any requests about when you’d like your panels to be scheduled

Whether or not you would consider moderating any of the items that you are volunteering for

If you would like information about scheduling an author reading, please contact our Author Readings Co-ordinator directly at

If you would like to suggest someone else as a panelist, or know someone else who would be interested in giving a reading, please point them to this post and ask them to contact us directly.

Minicon will be March 25-27 in the same location as last year, the Doubletree hotel in Bloomington, MN. Our Guests of Honor will be author Seanan McGuire, artist Sara Butcher Burrier, and musician Lojo Russo. Please note that all programming participants must be registered for the convention (pre-registration ends February 29th). Registration information is at the Minicon website at
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Programming Brainstorming Meeting Reminder

Here is your reminder about the upcoming Programming Brainstorming Meeting in the Helen Young Room at the Southdale Library on Saturday, October 17th from 1:30 to 4:00PM. We will start the official meeting at 2:00PM, and brainstorm for at least an hour. The large block of time is so that there is time for set-up, and time afterwards for notes to be organized.

The Southdale library is served by multiple busses, but the most frequent is probably the good ol' #6. There is a link to the bus schedule, driving directions, and library hours at

If possible, please arrive a few minutes early. We will start the meeting on time.