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The Toys That Made Us 

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The minds behind history's most iconic toy franchises discuss the rise (and sometimes fall) of their billion-dollar creations.
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Donald Ian Black ...  Narrator 12 episodes, 2017-2019
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Toys can be more than simply children's playthings, the biggest ones can say so much about popular culture and the generations raised in it. This series covers the history of the major toylines of the post-World War II generations, the media franchises they represented, and how they reflected their times and how they changed with them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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TOYS HAVE THE POWER!
15 January 2018 | by OverdueFilms403See all my reviews

The Toys That Made Us.... If you grew up in the 80s and 90s this documentary series is for you. The four episodes to this season are: StarWars, He-Man, Barbie and G.I. Joe. Each episode showcases the ups and downs, the history and the people behind each creation.

A theme I realized from each episode was the uncertainty of creating a popular toy. The risk these people took was something to easily admire. Personally I found the StarWars and He-man episodes the better of the four. I consider myself a pretty hard core StarWars fan and I was still surprised on some of the information given in that episode. The He-Man episode felt genuine and I connected easily with these people. The show and toys are really a product of the creators. While watching the GI and Barbie episodes, Although well done episodes I just didn't feel as connected to the history, toys or people as much. That being said, I think there's an episode for everyone that grew up playing with some kind or action figure/doll.

This is something worth checking out, easily watchable and generally fun. I will also mention the Editing in this series was fantastic, the jump cuts, the inserts of film clips and overall tone didn't go unnoticed.

The next four episodes slated are to be: Lego, Hello Kitty, StarTrek and Transformers.


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