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bonham2
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26-Dec-2017(#1)
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.
tonymack21
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* 26-Dec-2017(#2)
wow 80s toys were our childhood, i will have to check these out for sure. He-man was pretty cool, many cartoons back then were reasons to show the commercials for toys as often as possible, and yet were still better than most of the drivel these kids watch today. nothing still gives me goosebumps like Voltron, TMNT was probably the biggest, but there was something about voltron. but he-man was legit too

bonham2
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26-Dec-2017(#3)
TMNT came out when I was like 9, so I was too cool for toys by then. I was all in with sports and my NES. I still watched the cartoons and played the games though. Transformers and Thundercats were my two other favorites as a kid. It's amazing how the cartoon was a complete and total afterthought. Literally, if you ever wondered why He-Man originally came with an axe but he never used one in the show, it's because they had already designed the character when TRU basically demanded the cartoon, and Filmation designed the characters to be a bit more kid friendly. Prince Adam was never supposed to exist, and neither was the famous transformation in the opening credits. That was all Filmation. They originally designed Castle Greyskull as literally a really expensive carrying case, but the original design's opening was too small for the characters, so they had to redesign the entire thing. It's so funny how this memorable stuff was literally just made up on the spot to compete with Star Wars.
tonymack21
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* 26-Dec-2017(#4)
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.

Felty
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27-Dec-2017(#5)
I watched the He-Man and GI Joe episodes, pretty good.
KCPenguins
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27-Dec-2017(#6)
Sounds like Matt Groening with the Simpsons...
theJaw
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27-Dec-2017(#7)
Thanks for the heads up. This show seems right up my alley. yes
bonham2
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27-Dec-2017(#8)
@TonyMack, yeah, these cartoons were 100% commercials for these toy manufacturers. You mentioned plot, but Mattel was practically throwing crap at the wall to see what stuck. They were just laughing about the ridiculous characters they came up with like Snout Spout and Stinkor and then they had to force them into the show. They couldn't have cared less about the plot.
QCJLo
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27-Dec-2017(#9)
GI Joe and how Snake was created was a pretty awesome fun fact!
DiamondDave
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27-Dec-2017(#10)
I'll check this out, the He-Man episode sounds fun. thanks!
snakebite34
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27-Dec-2017(#11)
Star Blazers, GI Joe, Transformers and GoBots oh yeah good times back then
bonham2
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27-Dec-2017(#12)
I'm going to have to watch the other episodes now we though I wasn't too big on GI Joe or the other ones.
tonymack21
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27-Dec-2017(#13)
Ya I mean the toy makers didn't care about plot.. but at times it seems the show writers did at least a little. But I'm comparing to the drivel in kids that now lol.

razeak
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29-Dec-2017(#14)
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.

Finn
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29-Dec-2017(#15)
I remember Go Bots, basically the poor mans Transformers. I remember once my mom rented me a VHS and thought it was Transformers and I was so disappointed. It actually was not all bad I think I rented the same one when after we all picked Strawberries once.

I want them to do an episode on Thundercats and Transformers badly! I miss my childhood cartoons... I maybe biased but the 80's were the golden years of kids cartoons. The 90's had some gooders but for the most part they just went for the dumb factor.

bonham2
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29-Dec-2017(#16)
I'm pretty sure I was that kid the Mattel guy was talking about when the 5 year old boy dropped to the ground in TRU because he wanted every available He-Man figure. I had the entire set, 100%. I remember the blue He-Man was the hard to find one, but I think I traded a friend for that one. That was the beginning of my collecting obsession, and my step-father at the time was really anal about keeping things in order, so he built me shelves and drew on the characters feet so I knew exactly where to keep the characters. I still had everything including all of the armor and weapons.

I'd say about 5 years ago I went through my old collection and took the time to match up all of the weapons and accessories, and then I sold it all. My mother had gotten rid of the two castles, but I had everything else. I sold 8 of the rarer characters for like $300, and then I sold the rest of it in one lot for another $300 or so.
razeak
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* 29-Dec-2017(#17)
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.

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If yo look at the leg, you see you can put the regular go bots in each limb.
willyum
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30-Dec-2017(#18)
I played the heck of out of my GI Joes when I was a kid; broke a lot of them in the process. Now I see some of them on ebay going for hundreds of dollars. laughing out loud

ODB
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31-Dec-2017(#19)
This is my favorite thread ever.
theJaw
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31-Dec-2017(#20)
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.
bonham2
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31-Dec-2017(#21)
I watched the Star Wars episode. It wasn't as cool as He-Man, but it was still cool.
ENIX
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31-Dec-2017(#22)
It's funny how we're able to justify how much better toys were back when we were kids, because we couldn't see how much of a corporate shill they all were like we can as adults. I'll admit that some toys were better back in the days, but most of the stuff that I've been looking back on were complete crap, nostalgia aside. I still want them though. I'm sure M.U.S.C.L.E. have a seedy beginning too. Probably just made from leftover rubber shavings in a dildo factory that the owner didn't want to waste so they cast them into little figurines, lol.
bonham2
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1-Jan-2018(#23)
Well, it's like Battle Cat. He was only made because it was cheap to use the mold from a 10 year old toy. I get annoyed with some of the superhero toys today. Like, why does Superman need a car? He can fly at the speed of light. Is he really going to sit in traffic? No, but they already have the Batmobile mold, so they need to milk it for all they can.
Felty
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* 3-Jan-2018(#24)
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.
theJaw
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* 3-Jan-2018(#25)
@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.
jgrant78
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3-Jan-2018(#26)
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.
lpeters82
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3-Jan-2018(#27)
I watched the Star Wars and He-Man episodes. What's the deal with that weird guy who helped design He-Man.
theJaw
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* 3-Jan-2018(#28)
theJaw wrote:
> 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. yes

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