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Author Topic: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"  (Read 1133 times)

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You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:43:35 pm »
What can I say... there is jack and squat on tv this week. 

So this is an 8 part documentary series about the creation of various toy lines from the 80's and 90's.  Annoyingly, only the first four parts have dropped.  You've got Star Wars, Barbie, GI Joe and He-man.  This isn't one of those b.s. glossed-over youtube-ish shows either.  All of the living toy designers are interviewed, giving a rare peak inside the industry.

If you aren't the type that enjoys documentaries then skip it, but otherwise it's extremely interesting. 

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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 10:06:38 am »
Thanks. I will check it out.

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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2017, 11:21:13 am »
You lost me at 8 part documentary. Zzzzzzzz

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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2017, 01:03:35 pm »
I watched the He-Man one, I had known that the show was created to sell the toys but it was interesting to see just how true that was and how well it worked; a lot of it was by accident trying to figure out how they can compete with Star Wars toys and what they had.

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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2017, 08:38:17 pm »
Just watched the Star Wars one. Good times.
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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2017, 09:57:39 pm »
Finished GI Joe - on to He-Man
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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2017, 11:02:58 pm »
He-Man was highly entertaining.

Thanks for sharing, Howard!
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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2017, 11:03:40 pm »


Whatís left, according to IMDB...
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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2017, 11:28:42 pm »
He Man was my favorite.  But I enjoyed star wars and gi joe as well.  Sort of seemed a bit light on the details especially with Star Wars... But overall entertaining.

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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2017, 12:06:25 am »
Star Wars was informational. G.I. Joe was interesting, but He-Man was entertaining. All three well done.
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2017, 12:30:39 am »
Note that none of us boys watched Barbie.... I guess it's hard-wired into us. 

I found it interesting that in a lot of cases, they "invented" the toy by taking an unpopular toy that they don't own and kit-bashing it.  When in doubt, steal!  ;)

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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2017, 05:35:13 am »
ďIf itís as big as a horse, put a ---smurfing--- saddle on it.Ē   :laugh2:

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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2017, 07:36:45 am »
Yeah... I always wondered why Battle Cat just didn't seem to fit in. 


I wonder what #5 is. 

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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2017, 09:36:24 am »
It is weird that #5 isnt listed.

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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2017, 02:38:42 pm »
Why does Star Trek have an episode in a series about 80's defining toys? I don't remember Star Trek having ANY toy impact at all. In fact the TV show was pretty much dead save for re-runs watched by my dad, until TNG in the very late 80's ... There's a bit of pandering to current brands, isn't there. (I guess that much was mentioned already).

I hope the Transformers one mentions their cheap cousins the "GoBots". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWeV-pEnS80
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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2017, 03:09:27 pm »
Iíll watch the Barbie one. I just kinda marathoníd through those three since those toys interested me the most. But itís a pretty quality documentary, so Iím sure the Barbie one will be just as interesting.
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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2017, 04:00:26 pm »
Why does Star Trek have an episode in a series about 80's defining toys? I don't remember Star Trek having ANY toy impact at all. In fact the TV show was pretty much dead save for re-runs watched by my dad, until TNG in the very late 80's ... There's a bit of pandering to current brands, isn't there. (I guess that much was mentioned already).

I hope the Transformers one mentions their cheap cousins the "GoBots". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWeV-pEnS80

TNG had an utterly massive toy line.  The sheer amount of figures and ships released is right up there with Gi Joe.  It pretty much put playmates in business. 

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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2017, 11:47:36 pm »
I saw the barbie one. Well I watched them all but the barbie one was good too. She was based on a whore and created by a ---smurfette--- basically.

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Re: You should also watch "The Toys That Made Us"
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2018, 02:04:09 am »
Anybody know when the next 4 episodes are being released? Looking forward to the Transformers episode.
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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2018, 05:23:07 am »
To quote a polygon article:

"Volk-Weiss said it was a mad scramble to get the first four out in time for the holidays, and he still has two more left to edit. No release date has been set for the final four episodes, but the team has said on Facebook they should be out sometime in the next four months. "

So we might be waiting a while.  :(

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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2018, 10:54:53 am »
Thanks for posting this Howard.  I watched the Star Wars episode this morning and really enjoyed the backstory from Kenner's perspective.  The dude from Hasbro really seemed like a flake.  I had forgotten that Hasbro bought Kenner in the 90's.

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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2018, 12:02:42 pm »
He Man episode had some entertaining moments.  I guess I was never really into toys.

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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2018, 12:38:02 pm »
Thanks for posting this Howard.  I watched the Star Wars episode this morning and really enjoyed the backstory from Kenner's perspective.  The dude from Hasbro really seemed like a flake.  I had forgotten that Hasbro bought Kenner in the 90's.

Hasbro has bought pretty much every toy brand worth mentioning at this point.  It's a running joke amongst toy collectors apparently. 

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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2018, 06:48:31 pm »
Watched all 4 after seeing this thread.  Fun and learned some stuff.

Wife enjoyed em too


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