The Toys That Made Us season 2 released today

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Today Season 2 of the Netflix Original documentary series The Toys That Made Us is released worldwide, and episode 3 is titled LEGO. Each episode of this series focuses on a different toy line, past episodes have included Star Wars and Barbie.

It will be interesting to see if anything new is in this documentary for those of us who spend more time around our beloved bricks.

 

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By in Norway,

The star wars episode was pretty good, so I can't wait to watch the new episodes when I get home

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By in United Kingdom,

Just put it on now, I will let you know in 44 minutes if its any good.

Thanks for the heads up.

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By in United Kingdom,

I just clicked on it to save it to my list for later - it came up as rated 15 'Strong Sex References'????!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ None so far :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Its was a really good overview and more in-depth than I thought it would be, yes there were bits missing here and there but for a 44 minute program it covered a lot. The humour was good too, definitely entertaining for the AFOL and non AFOL alike. I would give it 8 out of 10, a must watch for a Lego fan with Netflix.

Just a warning there are a few points where the pictures dont match the narration as well as they could have, which many of you will notice. An example is when they talk about selling out of the first star wars lines but show pictures of empty shelfs from much later. Overall its very well researched so dont let that put you off.

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By in United States,

@Pisceanpet I think that reference was for the barbie episode

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By in Canada,

This is a fantastic series - even if this is my nostalgia speaking :p I really enjoyed season 1, and I've been anticipating season 2 for a while now: can't wait to see the Lego and Transformer Episodes!

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By in United States,

I don't have much time to watch this now (and I might not get around to it XD ) so I'm going to list some of the more popular themes to ask if they have represetation. I may answer myself in the comments here after I watch it for convience of anyone that doesn't have time but is curious.

Are these represented?

Town/City
Space
Castle
TECHNIC
DUPLO
Fabuland
Adventurers
Star Wars
BIONICLE
Classic and/or Creator
Harry Potter
Super Heroes (DC or Marvel)
Friends
Ninjago

In addition are the following topics adressed? I'd assume not since this sounds like it's based on the toys themselves, but you never know.

The factory fires
LEGOLAND
Video Games (including original ventures like Universe and Dimensions)
The LEGO Cinematic Universe
The LEGO House

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By in United States,

Just watched and it's very good for 45 min. I will give it 8.5 out of 10. Then again is it ever enough when it comes to LEGO? :) Seriously worth watching.

Themes/topics covered, some more in depth than others are:

Town/City- yes
Space- Oh Yeah.
Castle- yes
TECHNIC- yes
DUPLO- no
Fabuland- no
Adventurers- no
Star Wars- Yes!
BIONICLE- You bet!!!
Classic and/or Creator- in a way
Harry Potter- yes
Super Heroes (DC or Marvel)- no
Friends- Yes!
Ninjago- Yes!
The factory fires- yes
LEGOLAND- yes
Video Games (including original ventures like Universe and Dimensions)- yes in a way
The LEGO Cinematic Universe- yes, but could have been better, this is were my -1.5 rating comes from
The LEGO House- YES!

Go and watch it. Also love the Transformers episode.

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By in United States,

Halfway through that episode right now. I feel it was a poor decision to leave Technic out. Duplo isn't really loved here, but it is definitely the start for many.

Other than this, I find the series quite good. Even on stuff that wasn't a big part of my childhood (I'm 21), I found many details I didn't know. Hopefully, Season 3 will cover Matchbox, Tonka, and Hot Wheels, major parts of my childhood, and the other two are another hobby (bought two pressed steel toys from the '50s-'70s, found that I could display an entire 48 car Matchbox carry case's contents in the same space).

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By in United States,

So glad there is now a season 2 of The Toys That Made Us, the first season was great! Even happier to hear that there is an episode devoted to LEGO, my all time favorite toy! As for the 15 'Strong Sex References rating; that is definately for the Barbie episode. I had no idea she had such a controversial beginning!

Ps. The Star Wars and G.I. Joe episodes were my favorites from Season 1 :)

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By in United States,

@cody6268 keep watching, Technic is discussed.

I feel like if it’s supposed to be about toys we grew up with, they should have spent less time on the history, and not skip from classic space and the yellow castle - 1978 - to basically Mindstorms and Star Wars. So many great themes were introduced in that time, they could have touched on Pirates, had more emphasis on trains and monorails, and showed some great examples of some of what a lot of us AFOLs grew up with.

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By in United States,

I have been -so- looking forward to this dropping! I enjoyed the first run, but this 2nd half is pretty much my entire childhood (my sister was big into Hello Kitty, so even that one will be relevant to me).

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By in United States,

Cool! I’ll def check this out.

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By in New Zealand,

“The System”

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought it was pretty good and informative, although I felt the editing was a bit frantic, presumably done like that to keep those with short attention spans watching. Maybe that's typical of US documentaries?

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By in United States,

@Huw It was a lot more frantic than any American documentary that I'm used to, but I think that's just the style of the show as it attempts to be relevant to both kids and adults. Would I have preferred a more serious, meticulous style? Probably. But I think this will appeal more to non-fans, so I can live with it.

Overall it was a pretty informative and fun program. I would definitely recommend it to all of you if you've got the time to watch.

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By in United Kingdom,

I watched it last night, it was a bit frantic in places but it was fun and interesting. It made me realise how dark my 'Dark Ages' were, some of those themes from the 90s had completely passed me by! Nice bit of reminiscing about older sets though.
And then I watched some of the Barbie one out of curiosity.... ;) I was born in 1973 and grew up with just one Barbie but a whole box of Lego.

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By in Denmark,

I think this was quite well made. Perfect “index” to Lego history, much insight presented in a hype way... but anything less and my son (9) would have prefered one of the Lego-short-movies instead of watching this with me.

My dark-ages begun in 1991 and lasted til 2008. I didn’t miss out of any fun. Only disaster!

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By in United States,

The System...

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By in Denmark,

I think the whole series is really great, but I found the LEGO episode to be subpar compared to the others. It was much more fact-based and clearly highly narrated by LEGO and less "here are some fans' subjective opinions" which I think make the other episodes interesting.

And watching this as a Dane was quite weird. The way the actors "try" to speak Danish? That's just... no.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just watched the entire series this weekend (whilst building LEGO of course). Loved every episode and I found the history told in each episode very well done and entertaining and really fascinating, including the LEGO episode - even if I knew most of that one already.

I notice a few of us here bring up that we went through our "dark ages" over LEGO's disastrous period of the late 90's and early 00's. I have to wonder did our "dark ages" occur because of what was happening to LEGO? Or were we responsible as the biggest generation of LEGO fans (up until then at least) grew up and stopped playing with LEGO, leading LEGO to near bankruptcy? Or perhaps it was just coincidence?

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