Jan 12th 2018 by Woodpeckerfpv • 16 Questions • 114 Points
Hi Reddit! Brian Volk-Weiss here to chat about The Toys That Made Us, and much more.
I am an avid toy collector but also run the entertainment company, Nacelle Company which owns and operates the company Comedy Dynamics.
The Toys That Made Us premiered on Netflix on December 22nd. Netflix gets on the nostalgia-train with this eight-part series focused on iconic 1980s toys, including Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Barbie, He-Man, Star Trek, Hello Kitty, and Lego. The documentary includes interviews with some of the most important people involved with making the icon toys that we all know and love.
The second part of the series will premiere this Spring. Watch the first four parts on Netflix here.
And you can learn more about the series here.
Read more about me and how the show was created: Brian Volk-Weiss's Mount Rushmore of Toys.
So, Ask Me Anything!
Thnak you for all your questions!! Was a lot of fun!!
Have you ever thought about taking the casing off of the arm, putting in some robotic looking contact lenses, repeating some morbid phrase and scaring the shit out of people?
What was up with that thing in the background of the interview on the Barbie episode? You know the one.
:) It's a piece of art work Jill had in her office when we shot her interview.
How long did it take you to learn how to use your bionic arm? Can you use it just as well as your right hand?
When will you do an episode on Kenner's The Real Ghostbusters toyline? It has to be one of their most unique runs ever made. Iconic with the purple packaging as well.
I ahd a less funktional prostehtic befor that helped me a lot. Within a week I was able to use it fluent.
If we get more seasons green lit then yes; it's VERY possible!
Can you do anything cool or weird that others physically can't?
Hey Brian! Absolutely loved the show. As an aspiring toy inventer myself, this series was a huge inspiration for me. Spring can't come soon enough. Fingers crossed for season 2 as well. I'd like to learn more about the toy industry in general. Could you suggest some websites or books / reading material about the toy industry?Thanks.
I still have my left elbow and I can bend it like 20° backwards.
Thanks! DM us on face book and we can send you a list of the books we read to help make the show! and good luck w your invetions!
Are there any current toy trends, like Pop Vinyl figures or smart toys, that you feel share similarities to the types of iconic lines you cover in the show?
What i personally find very interesting about POP and a few other similar lines is that it's a real trend that's been going on for YEARS. i'd love to know more about how and why it started and what the future holds for this type of toy.