Out of all the teams in the DC Universe, I never thought the Legion of Doom would be completed before the end of the line. But with the addition of DCUC18’s Toyman we now have a complete roster to go up against their Superfriends counterparts. Our 30 year wait is over!
Not everyone’s a fan of the Super Freinds series, which I totally understand. Rewatching them as an adult it’s really hard to look past the terrible storytelling and bad animation. But I love the DC Universe and all of its most absurd depths. I can’t say for sure, but I think that seed was planted long ago while watching this show. Even as a kid I knew who Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman were. But the Superfriends introduced me to a whole new gang of heroes that may not have been as famous, but were still as important as the big three.
The Super Powers toyline was just as important in introducing me to the DC Universe. Not only were these some of my earliest toys, but they were my first DC figures ever. And like the show, the toyline didn’t solely focus on the A-list. It introduced me to a wide variety of DC staples like Red Tornado and Dr. Fate, as well as new and bizarre characters like Golden Pharaoh and Cyclotron. This is where my passion for DC Comics began, and it’s amazing to see it come to toy fruition so many years later.
Toyman here is a quite the odd duck. Originally appearing in 1943, Toyman is one of the oldest ongoing Superman villains, yet this is only his second figure ever. The first Toyman figure is from DC Direct’s Justice line and based on the art of Alex Ross. He had a similar design, but was an actual marionette with strings. This made for an excellent toy and is one of my all-time favorite figures from DCD.
The DC Classics Toyman is based on his appearances in Challenge of the Super Friends cartoon, which in turn is based on the second Toyman, Jack Nimball, from the 1970’s comics. This comic book look didn’t last long as the original Toyman, Winslow Schott, eventually returned from retirement and killed Nimball. After that, Crisis erased Nimball from continuity. It’s an ironic revenge that his character may no longer exist, but his persona will live on forever as an action figure. Something the original Toyman has never accomplished.
Toyman’s sculpt is perfectly simple. He’s based on the newer tall and thin buck that we saw with Mercury, but with a couple of changes. Most notably, he was given a belt and his thighs are now pants instead of those odd Metal Man shorts. He has a new head with a sculpted jester’s crown and very creepy smile on his face. To top off the look they gave him his pointy collar/shoulder pads, which actually have a nice bit of sculpted seems around the edges. Continue to page 2…