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Superman's Pal

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Subj: Re: NETFLIX Documentary series: THE TOYS THAT MADE US
Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 at 03:35:05 pm EST (Viewed 308 times)
Reply Subj: Re: NETFLIX Documentary series: THE TOYS THAT MADE US
Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 at 02:33:57 pm EST (Viewed 381 times)

    Looks like Transformers, Lego, Hello Kitty and Star Trek will be next.

Transformers I am looking forward to. LEGO already has a full-length doc on Netflix, so it seems redundant. Hello Kitty I don't really know or care about, and when it comes to Star Trek I don't think of toys really. But I'll check it out.


    As to the Masters of the Universe, I got many chuckles out of that one and the tales they spun about how things came to be. Truly things came together to form a perfect storm. Also the implication is that the addition of She-Ra may be what started the collapse.

    They also all agree that horrific life action movie did NOT help.

I don't understand why they would license a property and then not use anything from that property and just make up a bunch of new stuff? Just like the Super Mario Bros. movie, I was always baffled by it.

    The 90's one with He-Man in space, I remember seeing a couple of episodes....what a dud.

I didn't hear about it until years later. Looks like Flash Gordon.


    The 2002 reboot...they needed to talk about that more, I feel they glossed that one over. There were rumors that the toys suffered a similar problem mentioned in this episode about the merchandising of the original line in that eventually the core figures like He-Man and Skeletor were not in the packages sent to the stores but all the secondary characters were constantly being made and shipped thus collectors and kids can't get the core figures.

    A case full of Buzzoff or Stratos doesn't exactly guarantee sales.

I didn't really get into this, I wasn't watching a lot of cartoons or retro stuff at the time, but I did see the pilot of the show and it looked pretty solid. The toys looked fantastic, like the originals only better. More detailed, more articulated. I don't understand that manufacturing problem. I mean maybe at first you overestimate the demand of the tertiary characters but wouldn't you notice the trend and adjust the manufacturing towards more of the core characters and less of the tertiary? The rarity might even cause a rise in interest on those characters.

I mean if it was a problem in the '80s couldn't they anticipate it in 2002?

    The 2002 cartoon was also well structured and actually started the conflict at the beginning and gave us origins of He-Man and Skeletor, and also made it where Adam being He-Man was no where NEAR as obvious as it was back in the day.

Well I still started out on the mini-comics and the DC comic so I never really liked the secret identity as Adam. Just keep him as He-Man all the time. Kind of like how Marvel's Thor eventually just eliminated Don Blake from the mythos.

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