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  The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 5/1/19

I really enjoyed watching this set. I hadn't seen it when it came out on Netflix, so it was nice to have the DVD to catch up. I grew up poor, so I didn't have most of these toys. I really wanted a Barbie doll when I was a child (in the 1960's), but I never got one. I got a cheap knockoff that my brother brought me. It was Hawaiian and had brown skin and hair. I did love it, but I knew it wasn't Barbie! I'm sure that some other kid I knew had a Barbie, or I saw the commercials on TV.  I loved hearing all about Barbie's history.

I was also a huge Star Trek and Star Star Wars fan, so I enjoyed hearing about those toys as well. I've collected many figures and other collectibles for both of those. I even learned some new things about them that I didn't know.  I don't watch very many non-fiction shows, but this one was well worth watching.

The whole series is interesting, no matter which toys you liked or when you grew up. I hope they make more of the series.  This DVD set would definitely be a great set for anyone of any age, especially those who grew up in the 60's through 80's.

There weren't many bonus features, but I didn't really expect them with this small set. I guess if you buy it in a store, you get the bonus toy. I didn't get that toy, either! I guess I'll just have to go out and buy my own.


Available on DVD May 7, 2019

Check out the Season 1 Trailer and Season 2 Trailer!
Director: Brian Volk-Weiss, Tom Stern
Narrated by: Donald Ian Black
 Produced by: Comedy Dynamics 
The Toys That Made Us is an American television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss, the founder of Comedy Dynamics.  The first four episodes of the series began streaming on Netflix on December 22, 2017, and the next four were released on May 25, 2018.  The 8-episode documentary series, as it was originally touted, focused on the history of important toy lines.  The first four episodes focus on the Star Wars, He-Man and G.I. Joe toy lines with subsequent episodes featuring LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek.


The Episodes:

 Season 1
Episode 1: Star Wars
Episode 2: Barbie
Episode 3: He-Man
Episode 4: G.I. Joe

Season 2
Episode 5: Star Trek
Episode 6: Transformers
Episode 7: LEGO
Episode 8: Hello Kitty

Audio: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16X9
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98
Rating: TV-14
Run Time: 360 m
UPC: 8-1483-80153-1-6
Catalog #: SM801531
Pre-book: 4/2
Street Date: 5/7
Highlights: 2-Disc DVD Set with ON-PACK TV Toy Inside
About Screen Media Ventures, LLC
Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films for the US and Canada. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit:
About Comedy Dynamics
Founded by Brian Volk Weiss, The Nacelle Company develops, produces, and distributes feature and documentary films as well as TV shows - both scripted and unscripted.  Nacelle's vast array of partnerships include: Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Discovery, A&E Networks, Hulu, Viacom, and many more.  The Nacelle Company has produced the hit Netflix docu-series, The Toys That Made Us, CW's Discontinued and Netflix's Kevin Hart's Guide To Black History.

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