It's not that great of a movie, but it's at least fascinating for the visuals. It certainly was prophetic in the way it depicts modern warfare as waged with robots and video games. I'm curious to see how it holds up after almost 30 years.
Never had any real interest in seeing the film but I've had the soundtrack CD since it first came out. It's solid gold and even more of an all-star affair than the film itself. It seamlessly draws together artists from many musical disciplines and thoroughly deserves to be more widely known. Seek it out and play it... now!
The set design is immaculate, the casting is great, and the soundtrack is nothing to sniff at*, but the script is…off. War toys are bad because they glorify war…except when they're needed to fight other war toys? Somehow the cognitive dissonance of that message got lost underneath the production. The ending kind of reminds me of the Disney version of Babes in Toyland, also a flawed film with excellent production design, which pretty much ends the same way.
It also had the misfortune of competing with that other movie Robin Williams made in 1992, Aladdin. Everyone at my school was talking about that, and a year later, everyone was talking about Mrs. Doubtfire. No one was talking about Toys except my mother, who couldn't make hide nor hair of it.
*They actually made us dance to that Enya song in elementary school dance class.