Hot on the molded plastic heels of the upcoming Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, toymaker Mattel is gearing up to produce a Hot Wheels movie. Deadline reports that Mattel is teaming up with Warner Brothers and Bad Robot, with Dalton Leeb and Nicholas Jacobson-Larson writing the big screen take on the 54-year-old diecast car toy line.
Mattel isn’t stopping there. The company is looking to bring even more of your favorite playthings to the big screen. A whole toy store’s worth of Mattel’s properties are in various stages of development. Barbie opens in theaters July 21st. We’ll have to wait a while longer for Hot Wheels. Here’s the rest of the list:
- American Girl
- Magic 8 Ball
- Major Matt Mason
- Masters of the Universe
- Polly Pocket
- Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
- Thomas & Friends
- Wish Bone
I understand how many of these could be adapted for the screen. We previously told you that Vin Diesel is starring in the live-action Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots movie. However, I’m really curious to see how Hollywood pulls it off with Uno. That will reportedly be a heist comedy starring rapper Lil Yachty.
List of 30 Toys That Defined the '80s
A couple of the toys that defined the time have crazy stories about them. Take, for example, shopping for a Cabbage Patch Kids doll around Christmas in 1983, which meant parents were putting their safety at risk with the many riots that ensued, which went to inspire an HBO documentary. When it came to Teddy Ruxpin, by the time the toy company Worlds of Wonder realized what it had with its new talking bear, demand had skyrocketed to the point the company was leasing jets to fill them with the plush toys and flying them stateside.
Some ’80s toys started as American Greetings card series, including the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, while its competitor Hallmark kept pace with Rainbow Bright. Safety wasn’t necessarily paramount in the ’80s, as a number of these toys resulted in trips to the hospital, but not a decline in popularity. Children of the 1980s, read on to see if any of your favorites made Stacker’s list of 30 toys that defined the decade.