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Title: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: fishfan on December 26, 2017, 06:56:12 AM
Just found a show on Netflix last night called The Toys That Made Us.  4 Episodes I believe and the history of the toys that kids grew up on.  The first focusing on Star Wars. All the major brands turning down the movie rights till Kenner picked it up through to the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney and the new movies.

Some great interviews with the guys who designed the vintage SW lines of toys.

But not George....
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: jjreason on December 26, 2017, 10:04:42 AM
I watched SW, GI Joe & He-Man - haven't checked out the Barbie episode as of yet. I believe "The Mike" was interviewed for an upcoming episode so we will eagerly anticipate that!
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: Eradicator on December 26, 2017, 10:52:27 AM
I watched part of the Star Wars episode. So far so good.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: jjreason on December 26, 2017, 11:51:48 AM
In other news, this show is up for "worst theme song" in tv history.  :speechless-smiley-004:
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: dangerlinto on December 27, 2017, 10:28:40 PM
In other news, this show is up for "worst theme song" in tv history.  :speechless-smiley-004:

Agreed on the theme song!

Some of the stuff in the documentary was news - the part about the contract with Kenner and Lucasfilm was interesting. I thought they could have gone more into the dying days of the original line (Power of the Force 85) and some of the thinking that went into making decisions about what got made. 

Also, I would love to know how Hasbro and Disney work out the deal on toys.  They literally have competing toy lines (Disney's being only sold at Disney stores - I'd love to know the details of that deal!)
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: jjreason on December 28, 2017, 06:04:51 PM
What they didn't really mention was the rise of Joes actually being responsible in part for the downfall of the SW line. As soon as I had wave 2 Joes in my hands with the swivel arm articulation - any interest I had in finishing off the last couple of waves of SW figures was long, long, long gone. You couldn't compare the two products in any other category beside height.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: Eradicator on December 29, 2017, 11:02:38 AM
I agree. I loved G.I. Joe when I was a kid. The articulation was great and the vehicles were awesome. I found they had much more play ability than SW. I still love Joes and collect them as well.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: dangerlinto on December 29, 2017, 11:50:53 AM
What they didn't really mention was the rise of Joes actually being responsible in part for the downfall of the SW line. As soon as I had wave 2 Joes in my hands with the swivel arm articulation - any interest I had in finishing off the last couple of waves of SW figures was long, long, long gone. You couldn't compare the two products in any other category beside height.

That may be the case, but most kids of the age intended were a little less discriminatory in the articulation of the toys. Keep in mind right now the most successful "toy" line out there bear almost no likeness at all to the their screen counterparts and often have only a single point of articulation.

While GI Joe may have been physically superior, their success at the time rested a lot on the fact they had a successful morning cartoon, and Star Wars had Ewoks and Droids.  Both of which paled in comparison to Transformers in terms of toy sales.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: Eradicator on December 29, 2017, 12:23:04 PM
Yeah, the cartoon was awesome. I loved it.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: jjreason on December 29, 2017, 12:25:52 PM
I did really enjoy the GI Joe cartoon & also the comics - I guess it all played a role - but for me personally it was the comparison between the toys. Maybe not the same for others.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: THE Mike™ on December 30, 2017, 02:50:45 PM
I watched SW, GI Joe & He-Man - haven't checked out the Barbie episode as of yet. I believe "The Mike" was interviewed for an upcoming episode so we will eagerly anticipate that!

Negative.
While I know many people attached to this, and supplied a couple of figures for an upcoming Transformers one (in January, I think?), I wasn't interviewed for this. ;)
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: darthpaul on December 30, 2017, 06:10:18 PM
I watched SW, GI Joe & He-Man - haven't checked out the Barbie episode as of yet. I believe "The Mike" was interviewed for an upcoming episode so we will eagerly anticipate that!

Negative.
While I know many people attached to this, and supplied a couple of figures for an upcoming Transformers one (in January, I think?), I wasn't interviewed for this. ;)

Hey Mike.  Saw you were on Hamilton news.  Congrats!
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: THE Mike™ on January 05, 2018, 01:08:51 PM
Hey Mike.  Saw you were on Hamilton news.  Congrats!

Thanks! Yeah, I've been on there at least half a dozen times in the last 5 years.
They're all posted here:
www.youtube.com/bhtoys
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: Canadian Jedi on January 06, 2018, 09:18:12 AM
Mike:

I watched the latest video on your site.  Great spots and advertisement for the store.  I have not been in the store for long time, due to where I live, but it looks great.   :u:
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: DarthDerek on January 06, 2018, 11:49:50 AM
Mike:

I watched the latest video on your site.  Great spots and advertisement for the store.  I have not been in the store for long time, due to where I live, but it looks great.   :u:

CJ, I did the same thing yesterday. Let me know if you ever want to go.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: jjreason on January 06, 2018, 12:26:13 PM
I would meet you nerds there. I'm off for the next 2 weeks, let's go!
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: THE Mike™ on January 06, 2018, 03:45:13 PM
Mike:

I watched the latest video on your site.  Great spots and advertisement for the store.  I have not been in the store for long time, due to where I live, but it looks great.   :u:

You mean, since Sept 29th, 2012 when I re-opened? ;)
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: Canadian Jedi on January 06, 2018, 05:16:21 PM
Darn it.  You know your customers.  After you mentioned that fact, it reminded me that I made a special visit, because I was happy that you reopened.  I was sad when you closed the old store.   
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: cash_fan on January 17, 2018, 08:13:07 PM
I skipped the Barbie episode but enjoyed the other three.  GI Joe was my least favorite but that's probably because I never played with them. 

Star Wars and MOTU were my first loves, then baseball cards, then comics, then back to Star Wars. 

I see then next four episodes are: Transformers, LEGO, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek.  Will check out Transformers and LEGO for sure but not the other two.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: Wedge1021 on January 17, 2018, 11:51:32 PM
I watched them all, and never really had any of the toys as a kid in the 80s (we only ever had Lego growing up).
But they were all very interesting episodes - even the Barbie one - cool to see the history of the toys, companies, etc. and to see interviews with lots of people in the industry, both current and past. If you can take the time, I recommend watching all the episodes, even if you're not a fan of the toyline. Looking forward to the next 4!
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: Eradicator on January 18, 2018, 03:13:09 PM
I recommend watching them all as well. The Barbie episode was interesting.
Title: Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
Post by: brianakarobin on January 21, 2018, 03:29:19 PM
I have only seen the Star Wars one so far. It has been a while since I have watched any Star Wars documentary and actually learned much of anything, but I did learn some things from this. For example, I had no idea that Lucasfilm and Fox each only got 2.5% of toy sales from Kenner figures. Kenner must have raked it in from that deal!