Superman has gotta stop the Jeffersons from ruining Christmas!
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Toyman was a real superman villain. Yes got that out first!
And his real name in the comics was Winslow Schott, so Sherman Helmsley was basically this show’s version of the Toyman.
70’s kids (or folks who had Boomerang in the early ’00’s) may remember Toyman as a member of the Legion of Doom from Hanna-Barbera’s Challenge of the Superfriends. He was that high-voiced weirdo who dressed like a jester with the toy fetish. And no, it was never explained where Toyman got all his resources from since he was unemployed in the cartoon, either; the guy even somehow managed to have his own toy planet in one episode!
Man, I know I watched this show as a kid but I reeeealy don’t remember it at all.
Meanwhile in the golden age of comics, Superman was a complete douche, enough of one to spawn the Superdickey website.
Atomic Space Rat. (≧艸≦*) Can we blame this thing for Black Fridays?
Jimmy’s most defining unchanging characteristic in the comics was his red hair & freckles, & they couldn’t even be assed to dye it & draw a few dots on his face?
The hottest toy in town is the ONLY toy in town.
8:38 This green screen effect is just 💋 beautiful. Hahahaha.
Is Santa being played by Leslie Nielsen?
The Santa is played by Dick Van Patten of Eight Is Enough fame, and if you remember that show, congratulations, you’re old!
Probably more people today will remember him as King Roland in Spaceballs.
Holy crap!! Haha, I love this show–it’s so great to see you cover this episode. I adored it when I was a kid, and as an adult it’s just silly, cheesy and campy enough for me to enjoy on an ironic level too, with enough other genuinely good elements to be engaging.
So much fun–thanks for looking at this 😀
Funny thing about Mr Schott here, I don’t know how much you know about Superman mythos when it comes to the lesser-known villains so I apologise of you already know this, but in the The 60’s comics version was pretty harmless, mostly just a prankster.
However… in 1986, his character was revamped. he was fired from his toymaking job by Luthor, then swore revenge, becoming Toyman, who used all kinds of deadly toy-themed weapons, like beating up Superman with a deadly bouncing ball. Yes, really, he beat Superman up… with a terrifying bouncing ball. And a giant robot rubber ducky.
He later had a massive psychotic break, then had his mind fucked with by a hero called Zatana (long story) and became a crazy, child abducting murderer who, in his own mind, thinks he loves and helps children. Sometimes, as of that last ‘evolution,’ he could be pretty scary character.
I really liked the way you described Superman as a character, as my favourite type of take on him is that, ultimately, he sees himself as human. Clark Kent really is the real person here, that’s who he was raised through his entire childhood as, and being Kryptonian is just something that he finds out either as an adult or in his late teens. And yeah, this show really understood that.
(Incidentally, I laughed really hard and really loud at “I don’t mean to be bad, Superman. My mom’s called Martha too!”
Ooh, cheesy, you say? I might have to check out this show.
Wait, if the Toyman can get his toys into every toy store in Metropolis, why does he even need a job? Just start your own toy company!
Another villain that hates Christmas and wants to ruin it for everyone? Didn’t Phelous just review something with a similar plot in that An Angel for Christmas movie? Talk about a cliched idea.