The Toys That Made Us: Season 1 (2017)

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Episodes

Air date: Dec 22, 2017

A small toy company in Cincinnati takes on its biggest licensing project ever, giving birth to the most profitable toy franchise in history. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Dec 22, 2017

Inspired by a risqué doll from Germany, the co-founder of Mattel toys forever revolutionized the doll industry for young girls. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Dec 22, 2017

Creators responsible for reviving a toy company's struggling action figure line discuss the epic rise and fall of their billion-dollar empire. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Dec 22, 2017

Credited with coining the term "action figure" more than 50 years ago, a group of toy marketers reimagined a new genre of dolls for boys. -- (C) NETFLIX

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The minds behind history's most iconic toy franchises discuss the rise -- and sometimes fall -- of their billion-dollar creations.

Critic Reviews for The Toys That Made Us Season 1

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

What makes the series sing is its lack of sentimentality for the toys at hand.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

I was given an awful lot of He-Man stuff as a child, and watched nearly all of the cartoons. It never occurred to me just how batshit crazy the entire storyline was. After this program it all began to make sense.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Watching these episodes, you realize that the series isn't exactly a tribute to long-extinct products. Most of this same stuff is on sale today, in some form.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Fun, quirky docu-series is a nostalgic trip for toy fans.

Jan 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Toys That Made Us is a fun watch for the whole family, packed with interesting nuggets of knowledge that will have you digging out your childhood possessions.

Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Toys That Made Us: Season 1

  • Jul 08, 2020
    i came here for He-Man and GI Joe
  • Jun 11, 2020
    (writing for the whole series) A fun documentary that is sure to tap into at least a couple of your childhood's icons and skillfully tell their stories.
  • Nov 23, 2019
    It was very interesting to see these stories of the businesses that brought us all of these wonderful memories. I never knew that Barbie was originally a hooker. The series makes me want to go onto E-bay and buy toys.
  • Nov 13, 2018
    Superb documentary series examining many of the great toy lines, from Transformers to Barbie. The show runners do a great job delving into each story, adding a nice bit of quick wit along with wonderful insight (for example, Barbie & Ken were named after the creator's own children, while the Transformers line were really a mix of different Japanese toy lines). Great watch for any Netflix subscriber, especially for those that actually owned a few of these classic toys.
  • Mar 04, 2018
    As a collector of both Star Wars and He-Man toys, I really liked this series.
  • Feb 15, 2018
    Amazing series Done very well cant wait for more.

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