The Toys That Made Us is an American documentary web television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss.
Introduced in 1964, Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: America’s Movable Fighting Man was the first action figure in toy history, but an oil crisis and declining sales led to the line’s demise in 1978. Desperate to hold their own against Kenner’s Star Wars line, Hasbro took inspiration from the Reagan-era Cold War to revive the line as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero in 1982, making over US$51 million that year and becoming one of the most influential boys’ toys of all time.
The Toys That Made Us Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Creator(s): Brian Volk-Weiss.
- Narrator(s): Donald Ian Black.
- Director(s): Brian Volk-Weiss and Tom Stern.
- Producer(s): Brian Vol-Weiss, Tom Stern, Cisco Henson, Anne Carkeet, and Edwin Zane.
- Writer(s): Nicholas Ferrell and Benjamin J. Frost.
- Cinematography: Samuel Brownfield.
- Editor(s): Benjamin J. Frost, James Anderson, Dan Cerny, Nick Ferrell, Dan Cotter, and Doug Nolan
- Production: The Nacelle Company.
- Distributor(s): Netflix.
- Release Date: 22 December 2017.
- Running Time: 43-51 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.