Toyman's father, Winslow Schott, was a kindly toymaker, who dreamed of building a magnificent toy factory. Bruno Mannheim approached Schott and offered to finance the factory, which Schott accepted. However, the factory became the front for a numbers racket. After the racket was exposed, Schott was arrested and imprisoned, while Mannheim was suspected, but never charged with a crime. Schott later died in prison.His young son, Winslow Schott Jr., was left on his own, and spent several years in foster homes. When he reached adulthood, Winslow had become obsessed with "reclaiming" his lost childhood, and created a child-like persona for himself. He also inherited or adopted his father's mechanical talent, but the "toys" he created were also sophisticated and deadly weapons. He first appeared in Metropolis seeking vengeance against Mannheim, who had ruined his and his father's lives. When Lois Lane wrote an unflattering description of him in an article about mysterious attacks on Mannheim, Toyman kidnapped her and explained his story to her, wanting her to bear witness when he executed Mannheim. Superman appeared and saved them both, but Toyman escaped in the explosion that destroyed his hideout. At some point, he created a sophisticated android named Darci to be his companion. He had programmed her to be lifelike, and implanted a fail-safe which prevented her from harming him. Toyman ordered Darci to capture Static's friend Daisy so she could be Darci's new body. After Superman and Static confronted Toyman, she betrayed Toyman, but the fail-safe caused her to self-destruct. Her body melted, and Toyman was taken to jail. Toyman became a member of the Superman Revenge Squad, and created a giant robot equipped with a disintegrator beam that had the unexpected effect of sending Superman into the future. In a rage, Wonder Woman nearly killed Toyman, but the Flash managed to talk her down. Toyman later joined the Legion of Doom, controlled first by Grodd and later by Lex Luthor. When Grodd escaped his bonds and incited a mutiny against Luthor, Toyman decided to side with Luthor and held his own against several of the mutineers with his toys, including Killer Frost. He helped Luthor operate the machine built to resurrect Brainiac, and later joined both the Legion and the Justice League in helping to repel Darkseid's invasion of Earth. He was one of the surviving Legion members allowed a five-minute head start by Batman, and was last seen fleeing the Metro Tower.
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