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    Toys That Made Us Season 3. When will it be on netflix?

    Im just curious as to when Season 3 of Toys That Made us will be on netflix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by urrutiap View Post
    Im just curious as to when Season 3 of Toys That Made us will be on netflix?

    I believe that it should be available in August.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BILLYGALAXY View Post
    I believe that it should be available in August.

    Anyone know what toys they're going with this time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom1592 View Post
    Anyone know what toys they're going with this time?
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    Netflix's "The Toys That Made Us"

    Wow, what a cool series! I know some of you other guys must be watching this.

    I don't have Netflix, but over Thanksgiving weekend at my parents' my mom and I watched the episodes on He-Man and MLP. Great stuff! (though in the MLP episode, I was surprised no mention was made of the "Big Brother Ponies" with the bigger bodies and big ol' Clydesdale hooves). And it was very cool to see James and Val in the He-Man episode. Way to represent, guys! (You have the power!)

    I'd love to see them do episodes on The Care Bears, which I was very much into, and Strawberry Shortcake, which my sister was.

    Also, apologies if there is already a thread on this here, but the search feature on the boards hasn't worked for a number of weeks now (at least for me, anyway---I get an error every time I try).
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    If you have the chance, watch this too. This one actually brought tears to my eyes through the entire show.

    https://www.netflix.com/title/80224167

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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar View Post
    If you have the chance, watch this too. This one actually brought tears to my eyes through the entire show.

    https://www.netflix.com/title/80224167

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    Oh yes, I did see that in this fall when I was at my parents. My mom watched that with me too, lol. It was really great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar View Post
    If you have the chance, watch this too. This one actually brought tears to my eyes through the entire show.

    https://www.netflix.com/title/80224167

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    I loved that too, but at the end I felt profoundly sad because it feels like Motu is something that won't last for generations like Superman, Batman, Starwars, etc... I hope I'm wrong, but I couldn't shake the feeling that Motu was a product of a specific generation that does not resonate with other generations well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by He-Kal View Post
    I loved that too, but at the end I felt profoundly sad because it feels like Motu is something that won't last for generations like Superman, Batman, Starwars, etc... I hope I'm wrong, but I couldn't shake the feeling that Motu was a product of a specific generation that does not resonate with other generations well...
    I think Classics had its opportunity to appeal to a whole new generation, but because it was a "collector's" line, it was limited. I see countless people sharing the MOTUC figures with their children. It's exciting to see the toys getting played with. I think if it were a little less expensive, and released in stores, it would have been a favorite, and more kids would have been playing with them. I wonder how the Origins line will shape up.

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    Yeah I’ve been really enjoying the series. TMNT episode in the new season was a great inspiration for crownd funding one’s own IP.

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    This is such a great series. The things they had to do to get the toys to the store shelves were really interesting. We would never know that stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palazzolor View Post
    This is such a great series. The things they had to do to get the toys to the store shelves were really interesting. We would never know that stuff.
    What saddens me is that with out a chain like Toys R Us to take chances on line like MotU, GI Joe, TMNT, or any new line without a movie- we may never see toy lines like the 80s ever again. The idea that a kid could be walking down an aisle and come upon something like Skeletor, Snake Eyes, Shredder etc and day to him/herself- “Hey this looks cool” is lost on Etailers. It doesn’t bode well for upstart toy lines.

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    I've only watched the TMNT episode from the new season (I don't care about wrestling or PR, but I might give MLP a watch because my kiddo likes it). Seeing Eastman and Laird together again, even though it was manufactured and probably won't rekindle their friendship the way I'd like it to, was magical. I actually teared up a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJOLNIR View Post
    What saddens me is that with out a chain like Toys R Us to take chances on line like MotU, GI Joe, TMNT, or any new line without a movie- we may never see toy lines like the 80s ever again. The idea that a kid could be walking down an aisle and come upon something like Skeletor, Snake Eyes, Shredder etc and day to him/herself- “Hey this looks cool” is lost on Etailers. It doesn’t bode well for upstart toy lines.
    The truth of the matter though is that toys as "we" know them are essentially dying with our generation anyway. It's sad, but the truth. The "physical" toy store void is just the first step in it all phasing out over time. It won't be anytime soon, but once we get older and stop buying it, e-tailers that specialize in this stuff will be the next victim.

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    I agree that not having toy stores really impacts what kids become interested in. I saw a kid with a He-man figure at school. When I saw them at the store, I asked my mom if I could get 1. My collection started with Man-e-faces.

    It was the big displays at Toys R Us that got me excited because they had the new figures. If you found one, you'd flip it over and see what else was coming out. It became your most wanted list

    Seeing it in person has a big impact. You can market it as much as you want, but putting it in a child's hands is what gets them excited about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riddle of Steel View Post
    The truth of the matter though is that toys as "we" know them are essentially dying with our generation anyway. It's sad, but the truth. The "physical" toy store void is just the first step in it all phasing out over time. It won't be anytime soon, but once we get older and stop buying it, e-tailers that specialize in this stuff will be the next victim.
    Agreed, regretfully.

    And I'm sure there are not shortage of folks with their two cents worth of reasons why. One thing that I have noticed is that parents of today's children of toy buying age seem to be too self absorbed to share in the experience with their kids. My parents are normies but could tell you what were the hot items from 78-86. They knew because they were out there tracking them down for us and cheered when a hard to find item was found. My parents weren't into toys but were selfless enough to make us happy and sacrificed their time to get the stuff. Today's parents seem to have their heads too far up their rear ends to do what our parents did back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar View Post
    I agree that not having toy stores really impacts what kids become interested in. I saw a kid with a He-man figure at school. When I saw them at the store, I asked my mom if I could get 1. My collection started with Man-e-faces.

    It was the big displays at Toys R Us that got me excited because they had the new figures. If you found one, you'd flip it over and see what else was coming out. It became your most wanted list

    Seeing it in person has a big impact. You can market it as much as you want, but putting it in a child's hands is what gets them excited about it.

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    Heck yes. Card backs and inserts is what we coveted. I came across most of the 80s toy lines at TRU in person. It wasn't until usually year two that I'd see commercials on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJOLNIR View Post
    Agreed, regretfully.

    And I'm sure there are not shortage of folks with their two cents worth of reasons why. One thing that I have noticed is that parents of today's children of toy buying age seem to be too self absorbed to share in the experience with their kids. My parents are normies but could tell you what were the hot items from 78-86. They knew because they were out there tracking them down for us and cheered when a hard to find item was found. My parents weren't into toys but were selfless enough to make us happy and sacrificed their time to get the stuff. Today's parents seem to have their heads too far up their rear ends to do what our parents did back then.
    Parents have their own interests, like video games, that they try to share with their kids. Honestly, I can get deep into a game myself. Electronics are expensive, systems, phones, TV'S, computers...physical toys are being replaced with apps. You get a tablet and some games, put it in front of a kid, and you distract them for a while.

    The whole creativity that comes from playing with toys and inventing your own stories and using your imagination isn't being done because you can be spoon fed a story through a video game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJOLNIR View Post
    Agreed, regretfully.

    Here's an excellent example of this theory already at work. I'm not a big "Train Guy," but my dad LOVES them as that's what was big during HIS generation. This past weekend I rode shotgun along side him to a show in support.

    If any of you have ever heard of or been to "Greenberg's Train Shows" you know what I'm talking about as they have them all over the place several times per year.

    Now while the show was fairly large with a huge turnout, the demographics were absurdly lopsided. About 85, YES 85% of the attendees there in both dealer and shopper were age 60+, with a good portion I'd say 70+.

    What happens to the train industry once those guys are gone for good? Simple, it goes bye bye. The toy/model train industry took it's hits YEARS ago, but surprisingly there's still a loyal following. Only problem....like I said, they're 60+ for the most part and there's VERY little younger blood up and coming to take their spots.

    Once those guys go, they'll sadly take what ever's left along side with them. Trains were HUGE in their day, but it won't make it much longer. Regrettably Action Figures share many similarities.

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    I watched the Wrestling episode last night. I loved Wrestling when I was a kid and we had the PVC figures with the action features (I remember having Hulk, UW and Jake the Snake, but I know we had more). I have not watched Wrestling since I was a kid, but I found that episode to be the most entertaining of this season. My hubby has never watched wrestling and he enjoyed it too. I was a little disappointed with the MLP episode. I hate to say it, but the guys in charge of the boy toys are always a heck of a lot more fun in interviews. The women just come off as catty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar View Post
    Parents have their own interests, like video games, that they try to share with their kids. Honestly, I can get deep into a game myself. Electronics are expensive, systems, phones, TV'S, computers...physical toys are being replaced with apps. You get a tablet and some games, put it in front of a kid, and you distract them for a while.

    The whole creativity that comes from playing with toys and inventing your own stories and using your imagination isn't being done because you can be spoon fed a story through a video game.

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    I am one of the only parents I know who games, but does not give my children games/much screen time. To be honest I rarely game myself anymore. I believe children should use their imagination as much as possible. My children never complain of being bored and they never ask for screen time. They have way too many other things that interest them. The problem is that most families have two parents who work and have ZERO time. They use these devices as baby sitters.
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    Thanks Icey, I decided to watch the wrestling epiosde and really enjoyed it.

    A lot of children in my family enjoy playing with toys but they are only interested in the popular brands.Star Wars, Power Rangers, Fortnite, WWE and Transformers etc. But they do seem really interesting Youtube and gaming systems etc.

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    I've enjoyed the show a lot. They are kind of running out of popular 80s Generation X toys that were super popular. Cabbage Patch Kids is the only major one I can think of left. Toylines like Thundercats, M.A.S.K., and Jem just were never as big.

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    How about Smurfs?
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    Bratz? Whether you like them or hate them they almost took Barbie out for the count. I remember working retail at the height of their popularity and they had 2 entire aisles dedicated to them. Barbie had one. I’d love to see Thundercats, Jem, Pokémon, Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch Kids, Care Bears, Nerf Guns, Marvel Legends, and Monster High episodes. I love this show I think it’s fascinating and there are plenty of toy lines that could be featured.

    Btw, I don’t think that the toy lines need to be that huge to be featured. They just need to have had an impact during the time they were out and a well known brand.
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    Ended up binge watching all of season 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceyCat View Post
    How about Smurfs?
    I guess if I were doing a season 4, I'd probably do Cabbage Patch Kids, Hot Wheels, and maybe Smurfs and Care Bears.

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