There are few things I remember as a kid. Spending hours playing with GI Joes in my front lawn. Thinking I was the scariest villain on Earth when I talked through the microphone attached to Skeletor’s Snake Mountain. Hating on any kid I ever heard of that got the GI Joe Aircraft Carrier. Netflix’s newest series hits me right in my soft spot when it comes to these memories. Childhood toys.
“The Toys That Made Us” is a documentary series where each episode focuses on the history, development, and market impact that certain toys had on the public. Four episodes have been released so far; Star Wars Toys, Barbie, He-Man, and GI Joe. And I loved every single one of them. I freely admit my bias of loving documentaries and loving all things involving toys. Especially when you start throwing nostalgia in there too for toys I had. Seeing how the development of these four iconic toys came about was extremely fascinating to me. Full of facts that most people don’t even know, like the illicit origin of the Barbie design, to Star Wars toys changing game merely because they couldn’t afford bigger toys. It’s not just the stories that are interesting but the people involved in companies like Mattel, Hasbro, and Kenner. The series is full of interviews from a lot of these original creators and they are all a riot. Personally, working in the He-Man creative offices seems like the dream job of the century with how much fun and excitement they described.
This newest series is worth checking out if you are a fan of documentaries for sure. But also for people who just want to know more about the history behind objects that dominated their childhood.
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