The Toys That Made Us is an American documentary web television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss.
The eight-episode documentary series, as it was originally touted, focuses on the history of important toy lines
The first four episodes focus on the Star Wars, He-Man, Barbie, and G.I. Joe toy lines with subsequent episodes featuring LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek, which aired on 25 May 25, 2018.
On 19 July 2018, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the show had been picked up for a third season, with episodes featuring Power Rangers, professional wrestling, My Little Pony, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and was released to Netflix on 15 November 2019.
- In November 2019, Netflix released a spin-off series, The Movies That Made Us, focusing on the development of classic films.
The Toys That Made Us Series
- Series 01 (2017):
- Episode 01: Star Wars (Star Wars Franchise).
- Episode 02: Barbie.
- Episode 03: He-Man.
- Episode 04: G.I. Joe.
- Series 02 (2018):
- Episode 01: Star Trek (Star Trek Franchise).
- Episode 02: Transformers.
- Episode 03: LEGO.
- Episode 04: Hello Kitty.
- Series 03 (2019):
- Episode 01: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Episode 02: Power Rangers.
- Episode 03: My Little Pony.
- Episode 04: Professional Wrestling.
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 to 15 November 2019.
- Running Time: 43-51 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.