THE TOYS THAT MADE US (Netflix 2017-18)

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June 10th, 2018, 8:38 pm #1

I just finished the first season (4 episodes) of this recently finished thing, and it's pretty good. There was a lot of HUH?! moments when watching, and that's always good for a documentary. Production values are pretty good, and you can feel that research was done. A minor nuisance is the over-eager narrator and the constant music, but that's sadly what mainstream American documentaries tend to be be like. Still a good show.

EPISODES (I only saw the first four)
  1. STAR WARS
  2. BARBIE (juicy!!)
  3. HE-MAN
  4. GI JOE (featuring beloved Marvel cartoonist Larry Hama, of course)
  5. STAR TREK
  6. TRANSFORMERS
  7. LEGO
  8. HELLO KITTY
Recommended, even if you're not a toy collector. I'm not (apart from my CHAP MEI collection, but you plebs wouldn't understand!), and I enjoy this stuff regardless. 
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Maximillian
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June 10th, 2018, 9:11 pm #2

Sounds intriguing, but probably more for mid-to-late Gen-Xers rather than ultra-late Gen-Xers like me (born in '81).

The toys that made me were:



Atari 2600



Nintendo Entertainment System



Super Nintendo Entertainment System




Sony Playstation

I also liked the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube, Sony Playstation 2, and Microsoft Xbox, but it was those four systems mentioned above that helped shape my interests in horror, fantasy, and science fiction. They got me into movies, novels, and later creative writing.

Oh incidentally, I did collect GI Joes in the early '90s, thanks to the GI Joe games for the NES.

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The first one was better, by the way.
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June 10th, 2018, 9:28 pm #3

I'm not significantly older than you and owned something like two action figures. It's a good show if you're interested in pop culture history and crazy tales from the corporate world. 
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June 10th, 2018, 11:12 pm #4

I watched season 1 as well and can say that all the episodes are well worth watching - I only collected Star Wars out of the ones I watched, but still found something of interest in all of them. Recommended.
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June 11th, 2018, 2:11 am #5

I was raised way before the era of Legos, Transformers, and Star Wars. To me, vintage means Robert the Robot, by Marx, Mr. Machine; Mattel's Vacuform; Erector sets, Panel and Girder sets, Block City and American Bricks, which were precursors to Lego, and Lincoln Log Cabin. I also had a Rin-Tin-Tin Fort Apache playset that got a LOT of play, and my favorite Christmas present--a tin gorilla that came with a gun you could shoo at his stomach and make him roar. Still have that one!
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June 11th, 2018, 2:44 am #6

I'll be very interested to see if they feature the 1952 glow in the dark cross that LEGO made ...



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June 11th, 2018, 2:56 am #7

I had two older brothers, so many of my toys were hand-me-downs. My eldest brother loved Star Wars figures and my older brother loved GI Joes. I was more into Matchbox cars and Hot Wheels before getting into video games.

Legos were cool, but so damned expensive (and still are), so I more than likely had one of their knockoffs (probably Tyco Super Blocks).

And like Rod, I had Lincoln Logs too. 🙂
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June 11th, 2018, 3:14 am #8

Season 1 was very interesting, and the first two episodes of Season 2 are even better. The STAR TREK episode builds on the already established history of STAR WARS, while the TRANSFORMERS chronicle not only touches on the post WW Japan tin toy industry, but traces a direct line to, believe it or not, America's own G.I.JOE. Who knew?

I also like the staged recreations of past Marvel Bullpen stalwarts, though they look nothing like the actual persons interviewed in the flesh.

Looking forward to Legos, and I might even sit through Hello Kitty, cuz all in all it's an entertaining little series.
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June 11th, 2018, 3:49 am #9

My son the brilliant academic has insisted that his mother watch this show, but he hasn't even mentioned it to me. I'm not really sure what that means...
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June 11th, 2018, 3:54 am #10

The toys that made me:
Tinkertoys
Mego Star Trek
AMT Star Trek model kits
Tyco slot cars (with Motoroar!)
Micronauts
board games
Atari VCS
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June 11th, 2018, 6:36 am #11

The TRANSFORMERS episode does lay some groundwork for MICRONAUTS, while STAR TREK covers Mego and AMT in depth.

I'm of the GREAT GARLOO/ROBOT COMMANDO/AURORA and Tinkertoy generation myself, though I did pick up Star Trek/Star Wars/superheroes as they came out.

Oh, who'mIkiddin'?

I STILL pick 'em up!
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June 11th, 2018, 3:47 pm #12

In the very early 70s there was a robot line called Ding-A-Lings from Topper.

What would be amazing to later kids is that this was simply a toy line. That's it. No tie-in cartoon, no breakfast cereal, no pajamas and sheet sets.

But they did make this amazing launch film...

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June 11th, 2018, 5:21 pm #13

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June 11th, 2018, 5:25 pm #14

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June 11th, 2018, 5:32 pm #15

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June 21st, 2018, 4:32 pm #16

Wich2 wrote:GI JOE Space Capsule Space Suit Set
This was a hand-me-down from my older brother (he was born in 1957. I was born in 1967). 

I had that GI JOE Space Capsule in my toy box when I was young and I loved it. Never saw the box art before. Very cool. 
Hey, how much for the Buick?
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June 21st, 2018, 5:23 pm #17

Cool, Rak.

The only thing I ever wanted be other than Actor, was Astronaut - and I followed Project Mercury from age 3!

I still have my play-worn capsule and suit. The record went long ago, but here's the audio:

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June 23rd, 2018, 3:25 pm #18

The HE-MAN episode is comedy gold! Hysterical stuff.
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June 23rd, 2018, 3:53 pm #19

Loved the GI JOE episode, the only one I have interest in. I had tons of them in the late 60’s/very early 70’s and it was a blast seeing things I’d forgotten I’d owned. They even showed my beloved Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb ATV/sarcophagus playset!


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