You’ve most likely noticed by now that every time a cool new movie hits the box office, your kid goes mad about it! No matter what you do, once he’s got the taste of it, there’s no coming back.
By definition, for every kid out there, cool movie equals loads of explosions and special effects. Sure enough, a great story does help!
What’s a parent to do about it?
Well, since it’s out of your hands, you’d better string along with it and help your child have a great time with it.
Playing in a fantasy world is what every child does instinctively. However, when you have a really cool universe to play with, the whole thing gets up a notch.
These movies have done a great job in outlining that universe and, given the diversity of toys and other merchandise that come with each of them, you’ve got all the ingredients for a awesome time.
So what are the top movies that made kids go berserk?
I’m sure that if I were to list all the flicks that made history with the younger demographic, this page would take hours to read.
Instead, here are some of the movies that I think were great and have an infinite range of toys made after them. Let’s call this my top movie toys list!
One could not be talking about kick ass movie toys without mentioning the Star Wars series. George Lucas has made a fortune from toy licensing deals alone.
And oh boy, did he have a lot to license!
Thinking of all the characters, monsters, robots and spaceships, from all the six movies and side projects, you’ve got quite a mountain of toys to choose from. Find out more about Star Wars toys.
Lord of the Rings
I strongly believe that the LOTR trilogy is way better than George Lucas’s stuff. I just think it’s got a much more interesting story.
When it comes to toys though, Lord of the Rings comes in only second. Yes, there’s a whole bunch of awesome action figures and what not, but that’s just pebbles compared to the space saga.
You can read more about Lord of the Rings toys here.
Is there a hero out there?
The batman universe has been a dear part of my childhood. Starting with the 1989 classic where Jack Nicholson was Joker, I’ve enjoyed every movie that’s come out…
Yes, even Batman Begins and Batman Forever!
I was 7! Stop bugging me about it 🙂
What can I say? It’s a classic character that kids loved and will continue to love for years to come.
The last two movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are epic! See more about Batman Begins toys here.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Oh my God, I almost forgot to put it one the list! What’s wrong with me? This is another one of those adventure stories that you can’t wait to find out what happens next.
The Disney guys did an awesome job with the movie and, sure enough, they made sure to make more than plenty toys available for all kids. There are plenty of action figures to choose from, from Jack Sparrow himself, to all the monsters he meets in his drunken adventures.
Many have said that these movies have absolutely no worthwhile story behind them, and they are nothing more than a excuse to put Meagan Fox and a whole bunch of special effects in the same package.
My answer to that is…
Who cares? If a kid can have an awesome time watching it, why hate?
The Transformers universe has been with us for decades. Characters like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron have been familiar to kids well before today’s movies.
Peter Jackson, after finishing the deal with The Lord of the Rings, turned his attention to a masterpiece from the beginnings of cinematography, King Kong.
In 2005 he released a remake of the classic picture and boy, did was it awesome.
You’ve got to love a huge gorilla on top of the Empire State Building!
Hear more about King Kong Toys here.
Is Chris Rock the best of what? Whenever I hear him cracking up jokes, he’s just awesome!
Him playing a zebra? That’s hilarious!
Well, the two Madagascar movies (and the third coming out next year) are definitely some of the best comedies ever made. Sure enough, Madagascar toys are super amusing.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The time of the ninja turtles has pretty much passed. Gone are the glory days of the late 80s and early 90s when everybody was mad about them. But they are still a classic and kids will love them forever. With comic books, four feature films and a 9 season TV series, they are definitely here to stay.
Monsters Versus Aliens
But I think it somehow fell off the radar as time went by. I haven’t heard anything about it in a while. Anyway, you can find out more about Monsters versus Aliens toys here.
I haven’t said anything about TV series … there’s just too many of them. I did talk about Jay Jay the Jet Plane toys a while ago, so you can check that out.
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And do let me know what are your top picks for great movie toys. This list is not definitive and I can always put one more item in it.