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Toys can be more than simply children's playthings, the biggest ones can say so much about popular culture and the generations raised in it. This series covers the history of the major toylines of the post-World War II generations, the media franchises they represented, and how they reflected their times and how they changed with them.Written by
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Generally well made and enjoyable...through the first four episodes.
"The Toys That Made Us" is a made for Netflix series that just debuted. However, while the intro to each episode indicates there are eight, so far only four have been released and IMDB only lists seven episodes. I am pretty sure we'll be seeing the other four soon and it will all be straightened out.
Apart from one of the most incredibly lame animated intros in the history of television shows, "The Toys That Made Us" is well made and enjoyable. Some of this is due to its power as nostalgia, but because there is depth and enjoyment to it the show works even better and is something I strongly recommend you watch.
The four episodes (so far) are as follows: Star Wars toys (the best episode), Barbie, He-Man (the worst episode...mostly because the team that made the toys seemed like cynical jerks) and GI Joe. All are worth seeing even if you hate the particular toys due to excellent writing, editing and focus. Well worth seeing and very well made.
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