Real Name: Toy

Identity/Class: Terrestrial robot

Occupation: Henchman

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Joseph Rambo, Tinkerer (Phineas Mason)

Enemies: Luke Cage, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: Phineas Mason (Tinkerer, creator)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Tinkerer's Fix-It Shop, Brooklyn, New York

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#159 (August, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Toy is superhumanly strong and durable, and can operate even after sustaining massive structural damage. After being upgraded, Toy can deploy powers similar to those of the Tinkerer's super villain clients; these include Blacklash's electrified whips, Firebrand's flamethrowers, Whirlwind's rapid rotation, Scorpion's stinging tail, and Blizzard's cold-generation. Initially of limited intelligence, Toy was considerably more intelligent after his upgrade. He can also deploy a small propeller from his back that allows him to fly.

Height: 7'0" (approximate)
Weight: 400 lbs. (
Eyes: Brown
Hair: None

History: (Spectacular Spider-Man II#53) - The criminal engineer Tinkerer built the super-strong android Toy as an assistant and companion. Toy was unaware of his true nature.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#159) - As the Kingpin watched, Toy helped the Tinkerer reassemble the salvaged Spider-Mobile.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#160) - After the remote-controlled Spider-Mobile captured Spider-Man and brought him back to the Tinkerer, Mason had Toy take the webbed-up Spider-Man out of the car. Spider-Man mocked Toy's intelligence, prompting Toy to tear the wall-crawler out of his web-bindings. Freed, Spider-Man tossed Toy into a brick wall, burying him in rubble. After Spider-Man took care of the Tinkerer and the Spider-Mobile, Toy unearthed himself, but Spider-Man used the Spider-Mobile's web-cannon to web up Toy.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#183) - When Jackson Wheele came to the Tinkerer with a rush order, the Tinkerer activated Toy, who helped him build the Big Wheel vehicle.

(Incredible Hulk II#238) - When the Goldbug suggested that he might take the new Bugship the Tinkerer had built for him without paying for it, the Tinkerer summoned Toy, who loomed menacingly behind the villain until he gave the Tinkerer a case of gold bullion.

(Machine Man I#11 (fb) ) - Toy delivered a machine built by Tinkerer to Joseph Rambo.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#53) - Deciding to cut out the middleman and start committing crimes himself, instead of selling his inventions to criminals, the Tinkerer sent Toy to rob a savings and loan, accompanied by several of the Tinkerer's deadly mechanical toys. Spider-Man caught him in the act, but Toy overpowered him and fled with the money - although Spider-Man tagged him with a spider-tracer. He flew back to the Tinkerer's shop, but as they examined the loot, Spider-Man ambushed Toy, knocking him down. As Spider-Man battled the Tinkerer's other inventions, Toy recovered, and grabbed Spider-Man so the Tinkerer could shoot him with a blaster. Spider-Man had figured out Toy's robotic nature, however, and kicked him in a weak spot, allowing him to flip Toy into the Tinkerer's sights instead. The Tinkerer accidentally blew a hole in Toy, who was shocked to learn he was a robot. The Tinkerer consoled him as he shut down.

(Cage I#13) - After the Corporation kidnapped the Tinkerer's son Rick Mason, the Tinkerer sent a rebuilt and upgraded Toy after Luke Cage, whose family the Corporation also held. Toy found him at Chicago's O'Hare Airport; when he attempted to detain Cage in the parking lot, he violently resisted, prompting Toy to deploy Blacklash and Firebrand's powers. The fight exploded several cars, but Toy escaped the inferno largely unscathed, but his subsequent use of Whirlwind's powers proved ineffective, as well. Angered, Toy overrode his command to capture Cage, and instead tried to destroy him with Scorpion's tail. Cage punched a hole through Toy's torso, then prepared to smash the helpless robot with a car, but the Tinkerer, who had been lurking in the shadows, fired on Cage, sparing Toy.

Comments: Created by Len Wein, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito.

The whole robot henchman thing is fun, but I'm a little uncomfortable with a big slow-witted black guy who calls his white boss "Master". Thankfully, he was a lot less servile, and a whole lot smarter, when he reappeared in the pages of Cage.

Thanks to Angelo Mammone for pointing out Toy's appearance in Machine Man I#11.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Toy, Tinkerer's robot buddy, has no known connections to:

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Spider-Man I#160, p14, pan6 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#160, p14, pan5 (headshot)
Cage I#13, p16, pan2 (deploying Scorpion tail)

Amazing Spider-Man I#159-160 (August-September, 1976) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#183 (August, 1978) - Marv Wolfman
(writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks)
Incredible Hulk II#238 (August, 1979) - Roger Stern (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Machine Man I#11 (October, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Jim Shooter (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#53 (April, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Cage I#13 (April, 1993) - Marc McLaurin (writer), Scott Benefiel (pencils), Frank Turner (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)

Last updated: 09/12/16

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