Before exhaustive DVD/Blu-ray bonus features and entire television channels devoted to peeling back the behind-the-scenes process of filmmaking, the only glimpses fans had into the real-world of movie special effects was through occasional Starlog features and other magazine articles, and the rare prime-time network television special - such as this 1980 TV event designed to promote the first Star Wars sequel, The Empire Strikes Back. Hosted by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, we were given a full hour of lovingly photographed miniature spaceships, stop-motion Tauntauns (and Imperial Walkers), and so much more.
A genre fan himself, Hamill brought a lot of natural enthusiasm to his hosting duty on this documentary special.
I'm pretty sure (though not 100% certain - I couldn't find a scan of
the tape box) that this special got an 80's VHS videotape release along
with the Star Wars and Return Of The Jedi TV promotional specials.