Friday, 15 December 2017
We Talk The Toys That Made Us With Brian Volk-Weiss
In just over a week, the first season of The Toys That Made Us will begin streaming on Netflix.
Set to be a fascinating look into some of the most popular toy lines to ever hit stores, the all-new series explores the lasting appeal of such brands as G.I. Joe, He-Man, Star Wars and more!
Ahead of the Season 1 debut on December 22nd, we were able to catch up with series creator Brian Volk-Weiss - who was more than willing to talk up The Toys That Made Us and what fans can expect from this highly anticipated documentary series in the coming days!
Check out our full interview posted below...
Infinite Earths: "Can you discuss a bit of the premises behind The Toys That Made Us?"
Brian: "The premise is really simple: there are tons of toy lines that are as iconic as anything in US history, but very little is known about the origins and stories that led to their existence, so we tried to shine a light on the story behind the story, and do it in a fun way that everyone would enjoy."
Infinite Earths: "What inspired you to create a show like The Toys That Made Us?"
Brian: "I've been playing with and collecting toys from 3-years-old until today, and I'm also a huge history buff. So I realized a while ago that there's very little out there about the origin of the great iconic toys that are out there, so I decided to try and create a show that was all about the history of the huge toy lines, but was also a lot of fun and had a ton of humor."
Infinite Earths: "Are you an avid toy collector?"
Brian: "Yes, absolutely."
Infinite Earths: "What was your favorite toy line growing up?"
Brian: "Star Wars was number one, and then a tie between G.I. Joe and Transformers, and an honorable mention for LEGO."
Infinite Earths: "What popular toy brands will we see covered in Season 1 of The Toys That Made Us?"
Brian: "Star Wars, G.I Joe, Barbie, He-Man, Transformers, Star Trek, Hello Kitty and LEGO."
Infinite Earths: "Will we be seeing any familiar faces on Season 1 of The Toys That Made Us?"
Brian: "Absolutely, from Dolph Lundgren to Michael Bay."
Infinite Earths: "Are there plans to continue the series beyond Season 1?"
Brian: "If the first season does well, then hopefully Netflix will greenlight more seasons."
Infinite Earths: "What other toy lines would you like to cover in future seasons of The Toys That Made Us?"
Brian: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hot Wheels/Matchbox, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, My Little Pony, Robotech, Dungeons And Dragons, Strawberry Shortcake, Batman/Superman, Thunder Cats, M.A.S.K., Toys That Should Not Have Been Made and Care Bears."
Infinite Earths: "Why do you think these brands hold such a special place in the hearts of so many people these days - regardless of the passage of time?"
Brian: "Because they are great characters that live in amazing worlds, but also because they remind us of who we were before the weight of adulthood hit our shoulders."
Infinite Earths: "So, what are the odds that we could see future episodes dealing with some of our favorite 90's brands, like Jurassic Park?"
Brian: "Very likely, if more seasons are ordered."
Infinite Earths: "What is your favorite toy line on the market today?"
Brian: "I love and still buy lots of new Transformer toys and also newer versions of Robotech toys."
Infinite Earths: "Is there anything you'd like to say about the show in particular?"
Brian: "I'd like to say that we tried to make a show that will appeal to huge geeks (like me) but also to non-geeks. We tried to find a fun way into every toy so that even if you weren't a He-Man fan, you'll still like the episode. We used a lot of humor and tried to have the best writing we could to make the show be fun and go by very fast."