ByTrevor Norkey, writer at
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Trevor Norkey

Dreamworks' comes out this weekend, based on the popular toy line. The film is surprisingly original, putting a brand new twist on the dolls we once loved. As awesome as this is, it is not the first movie to take a unique twist on popular toys.

Films like Battleship and Transformers put darker, grittier twists on kids toys, whereas movies like The LEGO Movie and Trolls keep the kid-friendly atmosphere. Of all the movies based on toy lines that were theatrically released, here are what I consider to be the top 5...

5. 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' (2009)

Image: Paramount Pictures
Image: Paramount Pictures

Action, Channing Tatum, and more action; what more do you want out of a movie? While some did not like this movie as much as others, it's hard to deny that some of the action sequences were awesome. Plus, it earned enough of a following to create a sequel starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The film perfectly captured the awesomely weaponized theme of the toy line. Though it was not a great movie, it was a great adaptation, which is why it deserves its place on this list.

4. 'Trolls' (2016)

Image: Dreamworks Pictures
Image: Dreamworks Pictures

Trolls is not only a funny movie based on the toys, but it also takes a unique twist. Originally, the troll dolls only had multi-colored hair, whereas their skin seemed rather human. In the film, however, their skin varies in all different colors.

Considering that the Trolls were really nothing more than cool-looking dolls, I feel that this movie does a fantastic job of redefining the beloved toys. Not only have they added humor, but they also added and . That on its own is a recipe for success!

3. 'Transformers' (2007)

Image: Paramount Pictures
Image: Paramount Pictures

While the sequels are arguably not as good, the first movie took the box office by storm. Michael Bay brought the clever toys of the 1980s to life in a fantastic way, basing the film both off of the toys and the tie-in TV series.

While I personally did not enjoy the later films in the series as much, the first Transformers remains enjoyable to this day. It boasts a decent plot, fantastic effects, and even a bit of humor added in.

2. The 'Toy Story' Trilogy (1995, 1999, 2010)

Image: Disney / Pixar
Image: Disney / Pixar

The films were the highlight of my childhood. Toy Story was my favorite film when I was a toddler, and Toy Story 2 was the first movie I ever saw in theaters. While the main characters like Woody and Buzz aren't based on real toys, there are many characters in the franchise based on actual toys.

Some of the real toys in the franchise include Mr. Potato Head, Barbie, Ken, Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots, the Trolls, Mr. Spell, the Barrell O' Monkeys, the Etch A Sketch, and Slinky the Dog. The only reason Toy Story doesn't make number one on this list is because the leads are not all real toys. Because of this, the number one spot goes to a very different movie...

1. 'The LEGO Movie' (2014)

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Two years ago, the made us laugh, won our hearts, and helped LEGO become the No. 1 toy ever made, finally surpassing Barbie. Not only did the movie feature a fantastic cast, including the star power of Chris Pratt to Morgan Freeman, but it also told a fantastic story.

When I went into The LEGO Movie, I did not expect to be taught a lesson in family, friendship and hope. It was a beautiful story with plenty of humor. Plus, the shocking plot twist near the end featuring Will Ferrell was absolutely brilliant. The movie perfectly exemplified the creative intentions of the LEGO company, and introduced themes of hope and love into the mix as well.

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Of course, this is just my opinion. Each of these movies not only remained faithful to the kids toys they were based on, but added their own twists into the mix to create five unique and beloved movies. They all deserve their spot on this list and, best of all, even encouraged us to buy one or two of these toys again.

What do you think, though? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!


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