SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 27: Toy light sabers ar eseen at the Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy on June 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy is a volunteer organisation of Star Wars fans who use stage combat as a way to promote fun, fitness and education. The Australian designed and manufactured lightsabers used in classes are made from aluminium with poly-carbonate blades. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
10. The Toys That Made Us
If you’re like me, part of what makes Star Wars so fun is its lasting effect on pop culture. This series has influenced everything from TV shows (the Family Guy parodies are among my favorites), the sci-fi genre as a whole and even the modern lexicon (good luck trying to find anyone who doesn’t know where “May the Force be with you” comes from). One of its greatest influences, though, was on the world of toys.
One of the more underrated documentary-style shows on Netflix is The Toys That Made Us. This series takes a look at some of the most popular toys of all time and what made them so successful. The show, as a whole, is highly bingeable, but Star Wars fans will favor one episode in particular: the series’ premiere, simply titled “Star Wars.”
For a full 51 minutes viewers will witness interviews with toy makers, avid collectors and heads of major toy companies. The show explores the humble rise of the Star Wars collectables and what direction the toys will head in the future. It makes for a truly fascinating watch.
The Toys That Made Us is perfect for the kind of Star Wars fans that are particularly proud of their nerdy side. While some may be able to quote back A New Hope line for line or explain midi-chlorians to the least educated among us, not many will be able to recount the history of the series’ massively successful toy line. It’s a trivia lover’s dream.