Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints

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Sunday, June 24th, 2018 1:29AM CDT

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Just recently, Anthony Brucale of TFU.info sat down to talk with Brian Volk-Weiss, the creator of everyone's favorite toy-history Netflix show The Toys That Made Us. Brucale served as Consulting Producer on the series, so has some interesting behind-the-scenes questions for Volk-Weiss along with more standard curiosities. Check out some highlights below, watch the full interview embedded beneath that, and discuss anything you find interesting on the Energon Pub Forums!

Reception of Season 2 overall: Even better than Season 1! More positive reviews, and no negative ones. The 'complaints' Volk-Weiss has noticed seem to be mostly wishes for even more content or depth, which he understands and sees it as a good thing that these are the biggest complaints about the new season.

Biggest challenge in making the Transformers episode? Some former Takara engineers were new to being interviewed, so that initial footage wasn't very good. According to Volk-Weiss many of them later grasped the idea better, and took their own initiative to re-shoot better interviews.

Why a lack of more "in-depth" material about Transformers? The Toys That Made Us aims for a "middle ground" sort of approach to their episodes; some things that fans might find interesting would lose non-fan viewers. This is why some things exciting to fans were glossed over, and why only Peter Cullen (arguably the most "iconic" Transformers actor) was interviewed for the episode.

Any cut material you wish you could've kept? The original cut for the Transformers episode was 90-100 minutes long, and among cut footage was an eight- to nine-minute segment on Beast Wars. Mentions of much of this cut material potentially being available on a DVD of the series, if/when that comes to pass.
An interview with Michael Bay was also filmed, but wasn't included in the final cut for various reasons, which Volk-Weiss can't elaborate on further (though he stresses that Bay was fantastic to talk to and nothing went wrong in the interview).

Season 3: Volk-Weiss hopes to end up getting to make around 20 episodes! The chances of, in those 20 episodes, coming back for another pass at a brand (like say, Transformers) are estimated at "0.001" but it's not impossible. Subjects for Season 3 will be revealed at The Toys That Made Us panel at San Diego Comic-Con... it's hinted that Power Rangers and Gundam may be among them!

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Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1966419)
Posted by Flashwave on June 24th, 2018 @ 10:42am CDT
I wanna know why the decision to cut to the 44 minute TV format when the VAST majority of Netflix stuff goes the full hour. Are there potentially palans to air this somehwere?
Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1966616)
Posted by o.supreme on June 25th, 2018 @ 9:05am CDT
I'd definitely support a DVD purchase if it had the 90-100 minute length version of the TF episode.
Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1968291)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on July 2nd, 2018 @ 5:53pm CDT
I just now got around to watching the TF episode. Above all, it made me wish I was back then in the room with Budiansky when he wrote the bios or with the Japanese designers when they first came up with Diaclone. Otherwise, it was nice to see the beginnings of the franchise laid out. Honestly, though, a documentary covering the 35 years of Transformers could easily be either around 3 hours long, or even have its own series, with each episode focusing on a different era.
Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1972966)
Posted by Va'al on July 21st, 2018 @ 10:52am CDT
For thos of you keeping tabs at home, another reveal was made at San Diego Comic Con 2018, from the panel starring the creators of the Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us, which we knew had been extended to another season of four episodes (or half season, if you want).

The contents of this season 3 have now been announced, and they feature some of the brands that people had been asking for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wrestling, My Little Pony and Power Rangers! The latter is paticularly interesting with its recent license acquisition by Hasbro and 25th anniversary this year (in the US, at least), but they all will surely strike a chord with fans. Let us know what you think in the Energon Pub Discussion boards!

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Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1972968)
Posted by shajaki on July 21st, 2018 @ 11:01am CDT
I thought it was odd how TMNT wasn't in the second season, beat out by Hello Kitty (which I view more as a media icon than toy franchise).
Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1972969)
Posted by Cobotron on July 21st, 2018 @ 11:04am CDT
This is great news! I really enjoy this whole series.
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Posted by Hoist [RENEGADE] on July 22nd, 2018 @ 3:03pm CDT
I personally find this series really interesting and look forward to the 3rd series, especially the turtles! I never did watch the Hello Kitty Episode though..
Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1973271)
Posted by o.supreme on July 23rd, 2018 @ 9:27am CDT
shajaki wrote:I thought it was odd how TMNT wasn't in the second season, beat out by Hello Kitty (which I view more as a media icon than toy franchise).


That whole second season moniker is a bit misleading. It was originally planned as a single 8 episode season (it's in the theme song... ;) )

It's just that Netflix changed their strategy about a year of so ago, after enabling a "binge" culture, to save time and money on new content, much of what they release now are half seasons, but they call them *full seasons*to save face.

Even though none of these 4 new categories are toy lines I was heavily vested in, it should be interesting to watch, especially the wrestling one. I never thought of Wrestling as having a deep toy market historically, except maybe in the past decade or so. All I remember from the 1980's were gimmicky things like thumb wrestlers and plush-type "wrestling buddy" , not really action figures per se, but I guess the producers would know best what they can make an episode out of.

Also I guess that theme song is going to have to change...
Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1981208)
Posted by o.supreme on August 29th, 2018 @ 1:47pm CDT
For fans of this series, a similar single full length toy documentary entitled "The Power of Grayskull" was added to Netflix. It's very similar to TTTMA single MOTU episode but is a full 100 minutes long, with much more detail, backstory etc... It's pretty cool, and I give it my highest recommendation. For the record, if the full-length TTTMA Transformers episode doesn't ever see the light of day, I'd love if the same company that did "Power of Grayskull" did a Transformers full length documentary.
Re: Interview with The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss: Transformers Episode, Season 3 Hints (1982155)
Posted by Big Grim on September 4th, 2018 @ 12:55pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:For fans of this series, a similar single full length toy documentary entitled "The Power of Grayskull" was added to Netflix. It's very similar to TTTMA single MOTU episode but is a full 100 minutes long, with much more detail, backstory etc... It's pretty cool, and I give it my highest recommendation. For the record, if the full-length TTTMA Transformers episode doesn't ever see the light of day, I'd love if the same company that did "Power of Grayskull" did a Transformers full length documentary.


Nice! Will check if this is on my UK Netflix. Cheers! :)

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