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LEGO to be Featured in The Toys That Made Us

One of the shows I’ve been enjoying on Netflix is the new documentary series, The Toys That Made Us. They’ve already shown a couple of episodes featuring some important toy lines including Star Wars, Barbie, He-Man, and G.I. Joe. I was talking to a few friends and was wondering if LEGO was going to be an episode since it was a revolutionary toy back in the day. I was skeptical because there’s so many other toys that were made in the past that may have been more popular than LEGO and it may not have made the cut.

Well it looks like I don’t have to worry about LEGO not becoming an episode because it looks like the company will be featured in one of the upcoming episodes of season two. It’ll be a while for the episode to air on Netflix because they’ve stated on their Facebook Page that it will be about four months before the show resumes.

In other news, it looks like they may have gotten some shots from Bricks LA this past weekend because I see fellow SandLUG member Miro Dudas being featured in one of their photos. I wonder if they have also taken a trip to Billund for some shots of the LEGO headquarters for the episode as well.

**Via Polygon**


  • Will Reed

    Hey, I was one of the consultants for the Toys that made Us LeGO episode. They did go to Billund last year to film for the show. They wanted to focus on some things that other documentaries didn’t focus on. I suggested they look at LEGO’s more digital efforts so maybe that might be something different.

    • Thanks for the insight!

      • Will Reed

        If I recall correctly they went in the beginning of April in 2017. They also asked, “Who was a fan of LEGO that would surprise people?” Having seen the first four episodes of the series that would be a very different direction to present in the LEGO episode. I’m guessing the reason why they went with Star Wars, Barbie, G.I. Joe, and He-Man is because they are not shown in many documentaries, so doing a historical perspective was simpler to make and is still interesting?

        • I agree. I’ve learned more than I expected after watching the first four episodes particularly He-Man even though I had some of the toys and watched the show religiously. I’m very looking forward to seeing what the LEGO episode will have to offer, especially as an AFOL. I feel that a lot of the older AFOLs already know about the history of LEGO.

          • Will Reed

            Man, that He-Man episode was tripy. I never realized how much of it was made up from the seat of their pants. My wife was just watching an episode of She-ra staring He-Man and it hit me just how truly awful those names were.
            I also realized watching that He-Man episode that I had a lot of He-man figures when I was young but I didn’t have any of the original cast which was what lead to one of its downfalls.
            I know at the very least the show will at the very least turn the lens of examination back on the fans at some point. So if nothing else that will be worth watching the LEGO episode for.
            Oh, and one thing I was told during the early stages of research. They had watched the Brickumentary and loved it. But they wanted to do something different. They weren’t interested in just rehashing or updating something that had already been done. So if they stuck with their vision and using that as a base line, we should be in for a treat!

          • Brian

            What? He-Man and She-Ra are great character names! The names were both used historically, but She-Ra was just Sheera. The other character names were certainly hit or miss.

          • Will Reed

            Sorry, I should have been clear. The main protagonists were fine names. It was the secondary cast I was referring to. “Do you have a lot of cutting blades? And they make a buzzing sound? Then you’re Buzz Cut!” That sort of mentality. Geez, I hope there wasn’t a Buzz Cut character.

          • I know of a Buzz-Off because I still have the original toy.

          • Will Reed

            Was that the one that looks like a bumble bee man?

          • Al

            I liked Stinkor because he really did stink!

          • Will Reed

            Talk about a toy that wouldn’t make it pass quality control/child safety standards in today’s market. It also reminded me of a GI Joe sub that came with what was essentially Alka Seltzer tablets so you create bubbles. It was a good thought, didn’t work that great. And would not be released today.
            But that is what is missing from today’s toys. They need to be mildly dangerous. ;D

          • The Anonymous Hutt

            Legos are dangerous. They hurt your feet.

          • Will Reed

            Only if you put them in the hands of children. That’s why I keep them all to myself! >:D

          • Will Reed

            Oh man, I had that guy! It’s kind of disturbing how riped that guy is.

  • Al

    Really liked Season 1 and remember being disappointed there was no LEGO episode, glad that’s being corrected now.

    Also sad there wasn’t a Super Powers episode, but don’t think that line as had a big impact like G.I. Joe or Star Wars.

    • Fingers crossed for more seasons of it. They still got a lot of other toys to cover like ThunderCats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hot Wheels, and M.A.S.K., just to name a few.

      • CadeSky

        Thumbs up for TMNT and Hot Wheels…two brands that have had some unbelievable staying power!

  • CadeSky

    I just saw this yesterday…cool news! I actually just began watching the series last week with the Star Wars episode. Seems like a great idea for a series. Fun trying to predict what they will do next. Some things, while I would like to see, just don’t seem big enough or long-lasting enough.

    • Will Reed

      From what I recall from the initial pitch back in 2016, they wanted to do a LEGO episode as well as a Hot Wheels, plus the 4 they already showed.
      I also know this project was only for eight episodes, which you can hear them mention in their theme song. For the life of me I can’t remember if they said all eight they wanted to do or if they only mentioned six of the eight.

  • Brian

    Did anyone notice the Mattel female ex-CEO’s creapy chair to the right behind her? I had to pause my TV! She appeared in at least 2 of the 1st season episodes many times. Why would you want your own naked body as the seat and back of a chair and show it off on a documentary to???

    BTW, I’m looking forward to the LEGO episode!

    • Will Reed

      Wait, what?
      That’s just so randomly creepy.