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02.07.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Toys That Need To Be Movies

THE LEGO MOVIE looks to be a huge hit this weekend as it both reverently showcases how cool LEGOs can be while telling a funny original story. But LEGO is not the only toy that deserves a big screen outing. Here are ten toys and games from the past that could make for entertaining big screen features. If you disagree or have another pick, add it in the talk back below.

#9 - Micro Machines

Taking any big concept and shrinking it, literally, can make for a fun movie. Combine the concept of FAST AND FURIOUS with ANT-MAN and you get Micro Machines. The miniature toy cars could represent the vehicles for tiny special agents or criminals within their own world at a fraction of the size. Take THE BORROWERS or last year's animated movie EPIC and put them in souped up cars. I would watch that.

#8 - Play Doh

It can be anything, literally! Make a movie about kids who make things with the name brand clay and they magically come to life. It could make an awesome adventure movie along the lines of JUMANJI. Like THE LEGO MOVIE, all you need is the name Play-Doh, and the rest writes itself.

#7 - Mouse Trap

Board games have even less plot development than action figures, but Mouse Trap seems like the perfect game to movie concept. The Gore Verbinski film MOUSE HUNT was very close to what Mouse Trap could be on the big screen, but I would rather see it as more of a horror concept. Imagine a home infested with rats and the only way to catch them would be elaborate machines. Or, you could tell it from the mouse's perspective.

#6 - Simon

Remember the memory game Simon? It used to drive me crazy once the pattern got complex, but I always pretended I was diffusing some sort of bomb or gaining access to a secret lab when I played it. I don't know if you could make a feature film just based on that, but having some sort of code-breaker needing to access a facility protected by Simon may be a cool concept.

#5 - Hot Wheels

Just give me a batshit insane car racing movie appropriate for all families. You know, like SPEED RACER but a little less hyper. No anthropomorphic cars, no guns, just an insane DEATH RACE style action movie with crazy car designs and amazing special effects. NEED FOR SPEED and FAST AND FURIOUS are fine for those who want gritty car racing but I want something with crazy jumps, bizarre obstacles, and just out of left field fun.

#4 - Stretch Armstrong

The Stretch Armstrong toy was just a stretchy dude with a mullet and a tank top, but the possibilities are endless. Stretch is like Mr. Fantastic crossed with Flash Gordon and that right there is worth the price of admission alone. There is a great likelihood that a movie based on this toy could be a fun summer movie or it could end up being another INSPECTOR GADGET. If cast correctly, Stretch Armstrong could be awesome.

#3 - NERF

I know, how do you make a NERF movie? Easy: make THE EXPENDABLES but with children, using NERF. In this very politically correct era we live in it may not be easy to make a movie with kids shooting each other even if the bullets are made of foam, but imagine how awesome it would be. Just make the movie with the same seriousness as an adult action movie, but with NERF weapons. Am I the only one who thinks this would be awesome?

#2 - Masters of the Universe

We have been teased with a big studio remake of the He-Man cartoon for a while now. I am partial to the Dolph Lundgren version of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, but it never quite felt like the He-Man I grew up with. It should be an easy movie to make if you keep with the classic fantasy landscape of the toys and cartoon rather than try and make it scifi like the first movie did.

#1 - Thundercats

Really a cartoon that happens to have toys, but THUNDERCATS remains one of the iconic 1980s childhood toys that has not gotten a big screen incarnation, live action or animated. It seems like a no-brainer with the possibilities in animation and special effects that this would be a movie, but we still wait for it, impatiently.

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12:45AM on 02/10/2014
Voltron and Thundercats need movies! But I doove the Nerf idea.
Voltron and Thundercats need movies! But I doove the Nerf idea.
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8:40PM on 02/09/2014
I second the idea of making movies out of M.A.S.K., Visionaries, and Musclemen. Let's have one for Thundarr the Barbarian too (I know that's more known for being a cartoon series but apparently there were toys made too).
I second the idea of making movies out of M.A.S.K., Visionaries, and Musclemen. Let's have one for Thundarr the Barbarian too (I know that's more known for being a cartoon series but apparently there were toys made too).
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2:46PM on 02/08/2014
This is kind of a crappy list. There's plenty of toys that could be done as much better films than Simon or Mouse Trap.

Shogun Warriors
Micronauts
Sectaurs
Bravestarr
M.A.S.K.
Inhumanoids
Crystar
Johnny West/Sam Cobra
Battletech
Zoids
M.U.S.C.L.E.
Starcom
Visionaries
Voltron
This is kind of a crappy list. There's plenty of toys that could be done as much better films than Simon or Mouse Trap.

Shogun Warriors
Micronauts
Sectaurs
Bravestarr
M.A.S.K.
Inhumanoids
Crystar
Johnny West/Sam Cobra
Battletech
Zoids
M.U.S.C.L.E.
Starcom
Visionaries
Voltron
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12:44AM on 02/08/2014
"Am I the only one who thinks this would be awesome?"

Yes.
"Am I the only one who thinks this would be awesome?"

Yes.
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12:39AM on 02/08/2014
Mary: Why are you carrying fruit in your backpack?
Jason: In case I get hungry.
Mary: Are you insane? You don't carry fruit during a safari!
Jason: Why not?
Mary: You'll attract hippos! They can smell the fruit!
Jason: Hippos? Ha ha ha ha. That's a good one.
Mary: Hippos kill more people every year than sharks.
Jason: No way!
Mary: It's true! They are faster than elephants and can snap a man in half with their jaws!
Jason: But don't they only eat plants?
Mary: Which is why you
Mary: Why are you carrying fruit in your backpack?
Jason: In case I get hungry.
Mary: Are you insane? You don't carry fruit during a safari!
Jason: Why not?
Mary: You'll attract hippos! They can smell the fruit!
Jason: Hippos? Ha ha ha ha. That's a good one.
Mary: Hippos kill more people every year than sharks.
Jason: No way!
Mary: It's true! They are faster than elephants and can snap a man in half with their jaws!
Jason: But don't they only eat plants?
Mary: Which is why you shouldn't be carrying fruit! For god sakes, Jason, what are you thinking?
Jason: Look, Mary, don't be ridiculous! Nothing is going to happen to meeeee--ahhhh!
Mary: NO NO NO NO! Oh my God! NOOOO!
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8:49PM on 02/07/2014

As for your #1 choice...

You must see this.

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You must see this.

[link]
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5:10PM on 02/07/2014
How about a CAST THIS! for Masters of the Universe?
How about a CAST THIS! for Masters of the Universe?
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5:07PM on 02/07/2014
As long as John Moschitta narrates, I'm in.
As long as John Moschitta narrates, I'm in.
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3:58PM on 02/07/2014
I also wish there was just one strikeback section for the entire gallery. Personal preference I'm just throwing out. Just makes it easier to see everyone's comments rather than having a strikeback section for every single entry.
I also wish there was just one strikeback section for the entire gallery. Personal preference I'm just throwing out. Just makes it easier to see everyone's comments rather than having a strikeback section for every single entry.
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2:44PM on 02/07/2014
M.A.S.K
One of the coolest toys ever that if treated right could have a huge come back.
I'll throw in one more. This is Comic/Toy. Crystar the Crystal Warrior. Look it up. He's cool.
M.A.S.K
One of the coolest toys ever that if treated right could have a huge come back.
I'll throw in one more. This is Comic/Toy. Crystar the Crystal Warrior. Look it up. He's cool.
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2:35PM on 02/07/2014
I would love to see a movie based on Food Fighters, M.U.S.C.L.E. MEN, and POGs.
I would love to see a movie based on Food Fighters, M.U.S.C.L.E. MEN, and POGs.
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1:43PM on 02/07/2014
Though I Declare War might already fill this niche.
Though I Declare War might already fill this niche.
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12:38PM on 02/07/2014

Mega Man

It may not have been a toy at first, but it could still be an awesome game/toy adaptation.
It may not have been a toy at first, but it could still be an awesome game/toy adaptation.
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12:05PM on 02/07/2014
Sounds like a Saw reboot waiting to happen
Sounds like a Saw reboot waiting to happen
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11:49AM on 02/07/2014
SLINKY!!!
SLINKY!!!
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9:53AM on 02/07/2014
There's a pretty cool fan trailer to tide you guys over: [link]
There's a pretty cool fan trailer to tide you guys over: [link]
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9:45AM on 02/07/2014
Maybe as a dark animated film, the way 9 or Coraline turned out.
Maybe as a dark animated film, the way 9 or Coraline turned out.
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9:44AM on 02/07/2014
An action-packed Borrowers is a cool pitch.
An action-packed Borrowers is a cool pitch.
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9:40AM on 02/07/2014
Frazetta-lite would be the way to go with this.
Frazetta-lite would be the way to go with this.
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9:38AM on 02/07/2014
I've always thought we need more contemporary adventure movies starring kids, along the lines of The Goonies and Super 8. Can't think of a way NERF guns would be central to the plot. It's not like the guns play crucial plot-related roles in The Expendables, really.
I've always thought we need more contemporary adventure movies starring kids, along the lines of The Goonies and Super 8. Can't think of a way NERF guns would be central to the plot. It's not like the guns play crucial plot-related roles in The Expendables, really.
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9:36AM on 02/07/2014
A "dark and gritty" Stretch Armstrong movie was in the works, with Taylor Lautner in the lead. I really liked the Stretch Armstrong fantasy action sequence in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
A "dark and gritty" Stretch Armstrong movie was in the works, with Taylor Lautner in the lead. I really liked the Stretch Armstrong fantasy action sequence in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
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9:33AM on 02/07/2014
I think it is being planned with Simon Crane directing.
I think it is being planned with Simon Crane directing.
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9:32AM on 02/07/2014
Jeremy Irons is the villainous mastermind, of course.
Jeremy Irons is the villainous mastermind, of course.
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9:31AM on 02/07/2014
They will rise from the deep...jaws snapping.
They will rise from the deep...jaws snapping.
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9:12AM on 02/07/2014

Hmmm.

Are you sure you're not a Hollywood agent?
Are you sure you're not a Hollywood agent?
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9:18AM on 02/07/2014
....producer not agent.
....producer not agent.
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8:45AM on 02/07/2014
Hell yes to He Man and Thundercats! As an Eighties baby I would love to see live actions films of these franchises!
Hell yes to He Man and Thundercats! As an Eighties baby I would love to see live actions films of these franchises!
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8:30AM on 02/07/2014
Although we don't have the movie version, the cartoon reboot about two years ago is actually good. Too bad it only lasts one season. Great list. However, I'd LOVE to see M.A.S.K. the movie. I mean, if they can make a big rig turn into Optimus Prime and etc., how hard can it be to make a flying Camaro?
Although we don't have the movie version, the cartoon reboot about two years ago is actually good. Too bad it only lasts one season. Great list. However, I'd LOVE to see M.A.S.K. the movie. I mean, if they can make a big rig turn into Optimus Prime and etc., how hard can it be to make a flying Camaro?
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8:27AM on 02/07/2014
I'd love to see The Sorceress on the big screen (excluding the 80s movie version).
I'd love to see The Sorceress on the big screen (excluding the 80s movie version).
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8:26AM on 02/07/2014
I thought Hot Wheels movie was at development stage at some point.
I thought Hot Wheels movie was at development stage at some point.
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8:24AM on 02/07/2014
I love Micro Machines!
I love Micro Machines!
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8:23AM on 02/07/2014
as long as the sequel's set in Hungary.
as long as the sequel's set in Hungary.
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