When it comes to toys, Queens-born producer Brian Volk-Weiss isn’t playing around.
As wildfires threatened his Los Angeles home earlier this year, he only had time to grab a few things before he and his family were forced to flee. And what did he take? Three of his toys.
“Forgot our passports, forgot our laptops,” Volk-Weiss tells the Daily News. “But I did take my Millennium Falcon, which is probably worth about nine dollars.”
Volk-Weiss turned that love of toys into the Netflix documentary series, “The Toys That Made Us,” which returns with four new episodes on May 25.
“I love toys, it’s pretty much my only hobby,” says Volk-Weiss, who’s 41 and is CEO of Nacelle and Comedy Dynamics. “I have a huge collection at home that basically started off when I was a little kid.”
He developed the series because, he said, there simply wasn’t a proper history of these wildly popular play things he loves so much.
“There’s dozens, and dozens, and dozens of books about the War of 1812, and I’m not trying to say the War of 1812 isn’t important, but there’s nothing about Transformers, and Transformers is so important to so many people, from age 50 down to age 10, and there are very few books about it,” Volk-Weiss says.
The first four episodes of “The Toys That Made Us” debuted last year. They told the toy stories of Star Wars, G.I. Joe, He-Man and Barbie. Now the series is returning with a quartet of new episodes, this time to highlight Transformers, LEGO, Hello Kitty and “Star Trek.”