This is a 4 episode series on Netflix with each episode dedicated to a line of toys from the 80s (Star Wars, GI Joe), but I went straight to episode 3 about He-Man. To any children of the 80s out there, I highly recommend this episode. It is hysterical listening to these old men talking about how they created the toy line. Basically, they completely made this crap up as they went along (Battle Cat was only made because they ran out of money so they recycled an old tiger mold from an old toy line). They never even once thought about a cartoon (which the creators hated). That only happened due to Toys R Us basically demanding it. Everything about these toys was meant to manipulate our little brains.
He-Man was my life as a kid, so this show was definitely worth the watch. I would guess the other episodes would be pretty good too if you liked those toys.
wow that is pretty interesting, def gonna have to check out these shows now. i knew much of our beloved shows were a huge commercial for toys essentially, and at the time and compared to todays stuff they seemed thought out with character personalites and plotlines. maybe the writers and animators just cared enough to try and make them look good, or they were told to look good so we would want the toys lol. one year we got a ton of he man stuff, and another year tons of tmnt, another GI joe, whatever show we were most into and toys we didnt have. before that was voltron and centurions. our mom got tired of all the centurion pieces and stealthily got rid of them a little at a time, wish i still had all those complete sets we had them all. as i learned when i sold off our childhood toy collections a couple years back opened and played with toys are pretty worthless, but id imagine complete centurion sets would be at least a little valuable.
i doubt they would do it as it came several years later than these but bucky ohare would be one id want to see. that would be a cool one for them to bring back, id love a ps4 level bucky ohare game... it could be like mass effect, but with ship combat too, id buy it.
I watched the He-Man and GI Joe episodes, pretty good.
Sounds like Matt Groening with the Simpsons...
GI Joe and how Snake was created was a pretty awesome fun fact!
I had a bit of each of the various properties, but my bulk collection was Thundercats and He-Man. I'm pretty sure I had about 95% of the Thundercats line. I probably had better than half of the He-Man line. I had the Thundercats lair with the IR blaster in the catsouth that could blow up vehicles.I also had Castle Greyskull and the voice changing Snake Mountain.
I had the die cast Voltron set also. They were epic.
The Gobots had a pretty awesome Voltron like figure. I still have it. Some of there stuff was pretty good and some of it was pretty durable.image
If yo look at the leg, you see you can put the regular go bots in each limb.
Binged all 4 episodes & it made me want all my old toys hard.
Thinking about restarting my Mighty Max collection from scratch 20 years later haha. Really miss the Dragon Island playset.
I just started the Star Wars episode and on the intro it says 8-part series but there are only 4 episodes up. Wanna take guesses for the next 4? TMNT, Power Rangers are a couple that pop. Also WCW/WWF stuff.
@Felty I think the next 4 are confirmed. Looks like Transformers, Hello Kitty, LEGO & Star Trek. I'll watch in order of interest, Kitty > LEGO > Trek > Transformers.
Hope they do a 90s version of this too, toys were big that decade. TMNT and Power Rangers toys were top notch.
Watched the first episode last night and it was really interesting. You also see how bad of a business move Hasbro made by not keeping that initial deal with the Star Wars toys by not just writing a check for the royalties.
I watched the Star Wars and He-Man episodes. What's the deal with that weird guy who helped design He-Man.
> I'll watch in order of interest, Kitty > LEGO > Trek > Transformers.
PS when I wrote this, I meant it in a "save the best for last" order of interest haha. I'll watch the one I don't care about much first, then build up to the one I'm most interested in.
Either way, definitely watching them all. They're real interesting regardless of the toy. The Barbie episode was actually pretty fun.