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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 2:40pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just finished watching the fourth episode on Netflix, the one on G.I.JOE.

Lots of cool and shady behind the scenes stories on some of our favorite action figures.

Larry Hama shows up bringing the Marvel Comics side of things (Jim Shooter gets some screen time as well). I had no idea that Archie Goodwin had come up with the Cobra name for their opponents!

I wonder if JB has any G.I.JOE anecdotes from those Marvel days.

Oh, the He-Man episode is awesome too!
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John Byrne

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No Marvel anecdotes, and no anecdotes about the toys. After my time.

(For years I joked that the toy companies had been watching me, and had waited intil I stopped playing with toys before they released G. I. JOE -- and the even cooler MAJOR MATT MASON!)

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 3:11pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I have Netflix so I'll check this series out.

 John Byrne wrote:
(For years I joked that the toy companies had been watching me, and had waited intil I stopped playing with toys before they released G. I. JOE -- and the even cooler MAJOR MATT MASON!)

I've stated it many, many times here, but there's a John Byrne out there in the multiverse who NEVER worked at DC or Marvel, devoting his writing and artistic time to HE-MAN, THUNDERCATS, G.I. JOE and M.A.S.K. (I am glad you got to do that M.A.S.K. cover a while back for IDW, though).


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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 4:29pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

JOHN BYRNE'S VISIONARIES.

Wouldn't it be nice? Specially the Sectaurs movie crossover with the also highly sucessful insectoid cartoon characters created by the Earth-2 Wolfman/Perez duo.
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 6:07pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

They were just a little before my time, but I must admit to an ongoing fascination with the Colorforms line of Matt Mason-inspired Outer Space Men...


From my own time, I desperately wanted a Shogun Warrior (or two. Or six or seven) when I was a kid. I never got one. Although I did eventually get the Six Million Dollar Man figure I wanted!


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Brad Monje
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Posted: 26 December 2017 at 6:27pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I did notice this odd little bit of a connection to JB during the G.I. Joe episode.
This pictures appears to be traced or light boxed from JB's drawing of the Invisible Woman for the OHOTMU Deluxe Edition.
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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Posted: 27 December 2017 at 3:36am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

EAGLE EYE BRAD! :-o
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 27 December 2017 at 3:52pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I've watched the STAR WARS, BARBIE and HE-MAN
episodes....very well done! Fun show. Man, I had
almost all of those He-Man toys! I was the perfect age
to get swept up in that. I agree with the show that
mentions part of the appeal being how it was a fantasy
world where anything goes: barbarians, guys with guns,
robots, dragons, whatever you could think of. This is
the same thing that appeals to me about superhero worlds
and specifically things like Kirby's FOURTH WORLD.
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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Posted: 28 December 2017 at 5:46am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

And there are 4 more yet episodes to be aired. I keep trying to guess which toy lines they'll feature but I can't get anything past Transformers.
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Joe Hollon
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According to IMDB the future episodes are Hello Kitty,
Transformers, Star Trek and Lego.
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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Oh, nice!

I'm not very familiar with Star Trek toys.
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Dale Lerette
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Watching this series last night brought back a lot of memories. Hard to believe I had The Millennium Falcon, a couple X-Wings, Couple Tie-Fighters and Darth's Tie-Fighter -- and all of them had the action figures too. When friends came over we used to have some serious battles going on against the Death Star!

*Edit: And yes, I had the Death Star, too. Later on I even got Slave 1 for Boba Fett's character.   

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Tim O'Neill
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Posted: 28 December 2017 at 8:12am | IP Logged | 13 post reply


Letís take this thread over to the TV Forum.


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John Popa
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I had the Death Star, an X-Wing and two of Vader's Tie Fighter. Always wanted a regular Tie Fighter but never got one. I had most of the first run Star Wars figures through Jedi but a lot of them were mangled by the most hideous of enemies: my mother's Cocker Spaniel.

Like Joe, I had nearly all the Masters of the Universe toys and vehicles, and I had both castles, Gray Skull and Snake Mountain.
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Shaun Barry
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The "He-Man" episode was an absolute riot... even if you didn't care for the toyline, the interviews were a blast!



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Vinny Valenti
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Thanks for the heads-up on this series. I was never a Joe fan, but fell hard for the Transformers.

I recall that several of Marvel's staffers, particularly Bob Budiansky, were responsible for the backstory that lives on today. I still think that they came up with a brilliant reason for the transformations into vehicles in the first place.
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Jozef Brandt
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There was a documentary a couple years ago called Plastic Galaxy and I was really disappointed after watching it that there wasn't more background info on the toys.  Toys That Made Us had more information packed into a single episode than that entire documentary did.

I've only watched the Star Wars and GI Joe eps so far.  Both were pretty fascinating.  I don't know if people know this, but there was a kickstarter for a Larry Hama action figure that funded.  Hama drew me away from Star Wars abruptly and also turned me into a comic book fan.  (GI Joe comics from the spinner rack were my first comics, and I grabbed FF around the same time).  I always thought it was really cool when something I read in the comics became a toy a few months later.  They didn't really get into the synergy much.  (I was familiar with how they could use animation to advertise the comics without actually advertising the toys). I remember a number of comics that introduced new vehicles, but I don't remember whether they were before or after I knew about the toy.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 04 January 2018 at 9:53pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Loved both the Star Wars and GI Joe episodes but the He-Man was the the best. And I care the least about those. 
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John Popa
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  I don't know if people know this, but there was a kickstarter for a Larry Hama action figure that funded.  

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Isn't Tunnel Rat based on Hama? 
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Rodrigo castellanos
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Posted: 05 January 2018 at 2:34am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

According to IMDB the future episodes are Hello Kitty, 
Transformers, Star Trek and Lego.

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Bummer. Guess we'll have to wait for a second season for some TMNT, Thundercats and Super Powers episodes.
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Jozef Brandt
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Yup, his face was used as the model for Tunnel Rat.  This is a modern styled figure of actual Larry Hama. 


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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 4:15pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply


Season 2 is up & running, featuring STAR TREK, TRANSFORMERS, LEGO and HELLO KITTY.

The TREK episode was a riot, sometimes for the wrong reasons!  And TRANSFORMERS features some fun behind-the-scenes about Marvel Comics during the 1980s.  Great stuff!





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Peter Martin
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Loved the He-Man episode in the first season. Now that I read from Shaun's post that there is a Transformers episode, I'm excited to watch it! Transformers and He-Man were my favourite toys from the mid-80s (amazing how a decade can break up into discrete packets when you're that young. The early 80s I was a Star Wars toy freak and a Smurf addict, the mid-80s I was Transformers and He-Man, and by the late 80s I was too old for toys!).
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Karl Wiebe
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Posted: 27 May 2018 at 9:19pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

TRANSFORMERS episode was awesome.  Exactly the right amount of education, nostalgia, cheeky winks and heart.  Great show!!
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Eric Jansen
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Posted: 28 May 2018 at 3:21am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

I've watched four episodes so far and it's really enjoyable.

I was especially struck by the GI JOE discussion of how they would advertise the comic on TV (first time ever!), and the comic would then help promote (and give back story on) the toys, and then the animated show came in and bumped all of that up.  Just a brilliant example of (what's the word--synergy? or just) cross-marketing that helped raise all the metaphorical boats.  (And when one of the four pillars weakened or fell, so did the others.)
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