Series creator Brian Volk-Weiss teased the series’ second season when we spoke to him in 2017.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that The Toys That Made Us, which premiered on Netflix this past December and took an in-depth look at the histories of Barbie, G.I. Joe, He-Man and Star Wars, will return for a second season. While no premiere date is set, fans of the streaming documentary series know that four first-season episodes still have yet to air: LEGO, Hello Kitty, Star Trek and Transformers.So what can fans of the series expect from the second season of The Toys That Made Us? I asked this very question of series creator and executive producer Brian Volk-Weiss when I interviewed him in 2017. While plans can always change, here’s what the passionate toy collector had to say:
“The toys I’d like to cover, just off the top of my head, would be, of course, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, Hot Wheels/Matchbox, Robotech, Power Rangers, Strawberry Shortcake-that’s a very interesting story, so is Cabbage Patch dolls-fascinating story,” Volk-Weiss said. “Like, there are certain toys that might not be as iconic as G.I. Joe and Barbie but they have stories that are just amazing. I have a huge list in my office. Oh, Thundercats and M.A.S.K. Those are two other great toys with great origin stories.”
Volk-Weiss added that he’d love to do a special “The Toys That Should Have Not Been Made” episode, focused on some of toy history’s failures.
“Every now and then we’d see a bunch of toys where it’s like, who would have greenlit that knowing what it takes to design, market, package and distribute a toy, and how many checks and balances there are to get toys on shelves, especially back in the ’70s ’80s and ’90s. There were literally some toys, I don’t care if the kid was jumping up and down screaming that he wanted it, his mom would never buy it. Dune is a great example-why on Earth were there Dune figures? Who were those made for? And a more modern example-and yes I loved the movie-who were Starship Troopers made for?”
So get excited, all you fans of TMNT, My Little Pony and, yes, even Dune.