'The Toys That Made Us' documentary coming soon on Netflix

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  1. siccoyote

    siccoyote Worst side of the fandom

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    Hello Kitty isn't a toy, it's a brand.
     
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    If you want to get technical about it, the only episode title that covered a toy (singular) as opposed to a brand would be He-Man. All the rest, including Transformers, are brands.

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is the brand in that particular case.
     
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    Perhaps not surprising, I got the most out of the episodes where I had less knowledge going in, so in that sense I found the Transformers episode less engaging overall, (though I did enjoy the deeper history of Japanese tin toys and robot toys in the lead-up) When you have a lot of your own knowledge on a particular, it's easier to pick up on inaccuracies, omissions, or distortions a 'casual' wouldn't notice or care about (and your own personal preference/agenda, as in "why did they gloss over the importance of (XXX)?")

    And as interesting as I found it, the Hello Kitty episode is really the odd one out, as it's only about toys as a portion of the total Sanrio/Hello Kitty merchandising operation, as opposed to being about a toy line/brand, or attempts to make a property sell toys (Star Trek, and sorta Star Wars)
     
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    Can anyone get me a screenshot of that Motormaster proto
     
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    Well you The Toys That Made Us is coming back for a 3rd Season, and it will have a Power Rangers episode in it.
    Toys That Made Us on Twitter
     
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    I don’t know if this has been posted yet but it’s from Anthony from tfu.info who worked on the tf episode he said there was the original run time was over 100 mins and had a longer segment on beast wars some interesting info.
     
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    Awww man, I'd love to have heard the extra BW commentary/info. Hopefully it makes it in some form onto that DVD if they are eventually allowed to make it.

    I liked how he explained about making the show for both fans and non-fans. He seems really passionate and informed about everything but also sensible about making a show.
     
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    Makes sense, Power Rangers has been a constant major toyline since it started in the early 90's.

    What I'd have the other episodes focus on.
    Ninja Turtles
    Hot Wheels
    Cabbage Patch Kids or My Little Pony
     
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    9 minutes on BW! Will it ever see the light of day?
     
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    That means there will be apart of the Power Rangers with people from Bandai & Saban being sad they lost their jobs, because of Hasbro buying Power Rangers.
     
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    That would be a decent selection of episodes. They'd probably might choose MLP over CPK due to current popularity. Also include some Matchbox history along with Hot Wheels since Mattel owns both now.

    I think they could do episodes based around themes to feature less popular brands that may not have enough to fill an entire episode with details interesting enough for general viewers. For example, one based on other transforming robot brands from the 80s including Gobots, Voltron, and Robotech. They could also put a bunch of one-and-done toylines that only had one "wave" of product or maybe a smaller second group of items to finish (Wheeled Warriors, Inhumanoids, Centurions, etc.) into one episode. I'd also love an episode about the knock-off toy industry and how it skirts or flouts laws, maybe a bit about the supply chain.
     
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    I'm thinking Play Doh may deserve an episode of nobody else had mentioned it...
     
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    same here. The TF episode was my least favorite. My son liked it, probably because he got to see the toys.
     
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    If the show creators licensed this properly, they might be vying for a box set with "complete" episodes so they can take in some cash to put towards next season(s). Netflix doesn't own them outright, as far as I know. Not sure how well a box set would sell, as I'm not 100% on board to pay for a longer episode of every property they examine. But it might be worth it for the TF episode alone, depending on price.
     
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    I wish Netflix did what most other online video services do, which is, basically cleanly hide/organize extra content. HBO does a great job of throwing extra bits of content online and Hulu does this too. Its a huge shame that Netflix has ignored this "bonus feature" area. This extra content that got cutout would be perfect for that area.

    I think its unlikely we'll ever get this leftover material. I think the folks who produced this series were aiming to make a product that was concise and digestible for mainstream audiences. We're hardcore fans that would devour every morsel of TF history and content. But we're not the target audience.

    I also think that the team behind this series likely didn't have a goal of doing anything meaningful with the extra content. I think their main goal was to create a sharp, marketable series that could be sold to Netflix. And they accomplished that. I mean, we all know that you could do a PBS/BBC style 12-part historical documentary on the franchise but the goal was to make a 60 minute episode. I don't think historical depth was the goal. Oh well.
     

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