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The creation and marketing of the Transformers toy line in the United States and Japan.


Tom Stern


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Episode credited cast:
Peter Cullen ... Himself
Drew Forni ... Hideaki Yoke (voice)
Adam Middleton Adam Middleton ... Himself - Interviewee
Denny O'Neil Denny O'Neil ... Himself
Josh Odsess-Rubin ... Bob Budianski
Jim Shooter Jim Shooter ... Himself
John Warden John Warden ... Himself


The creation and marketing of the Transformers toy line in the United States and Japan.

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25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Winery Productions See more »
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Creation, Migration, Failure and Rebirth
16 June 2018 | by GunnersMateSee all my reviews

The Toys that Made Us Transformers is a decent installment of the eight-part documentary series, but not their strongest outing. While the exploration of the very joint collaboration and interactions between Japanese and American toy companies is of interest, the fun of the quirky and often outlandish presence of story tellers is missing. The episode has touching moments, comedic elements, and lots of who did what and why though the creative process, mechanical engineering, comic book marketing, early successes, struggling of the late 1980s, and rebirth in film and toy concept which make us the Transfomers toy story, but it feels like the producers tried too hard to force an emotion which doesn't really exist for this toy line as it does for others. Just not that engaging.

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