Streaming Consciousness: The Toys That Made Us

The Toys That Made Us NetflixIf, like me, you grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s, The Toys That Made Us is for you. It’s currently available on Netflix.

A documentary series, it focuses on the toys we grew up with. There are just 8 episodes as of this writing, and they focus on Star Wars, He-Man and The Masters of the Universe, Barbie, G.I. Joe, LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek toy lines. ALL of these were very entertaining and informative, and I enjoyed them immensely.

Part of it is nostalgia. I grew up playing with most of those toys and have fond memories of them. I only had one Transformer – Megatron, and my brother claimed to have found him in a dumpster. When I asked for Transformers one year for Christmas, my mom rather famously bought me GoBots. And yes, GoBots are mentioned in the Transformers episode. For G.I. Joe, I had the rebooted, smaller action figures that were tied to the cartoon and comic book series – both of which I loved. Never had any Star Trek toys but I wanted them sooooo much when I saw other kids lucky enough to have em. Star Wars I got super lucky, and my mom bought me a lot of the action figures and even a couple of the big toys to go with them, like the AT-AT and the Falcon. He-Man I had both him and Skeletor, but that was it.

I loved the extras like the file cards that came with every Joe, or the mini-comics that came with He-Man and Skeletor. That stuff was awesome, and it’s all part of those episodes of the show.

Each show focuses on one property, and does a fantastic job of telling you the history of the toy and the impact it had on kids all over the world. It’s highly entertaining.