Wonder Woman

Season 2 Episode 12

The Deadly Toys

Aired Unknown Dec 30, 1977 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Scientists working on a top secret project are targeted by an evil toymaker and it's up to Wonder Woman to save them.

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  • Kinda love this one

    The Deadly Toys

    Frank Gorshin of course another DC alumni having played the Riddler on the Adam West Batman and a lawyer on The New Adventures of Superman. He's excellent here as the Toymaker although you'd wonder how he learned to make perfect robot doubles of people, it's never explained (maybe he's a Nazi war criminal in hiding, his accent suggests so). And if you could make perfect doubles of Wonder Woman why bother with crime when you could just sell them as sex-bots? John Rubenstein is also great (love the afro!) and will later also guest star in The New Adventures of Superman and as the villainous Linwood on Angel. I remember as a kid the melting men effect scared me and even now it looks pretty gruesome, not 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' gruesome but still. Another WW double and a truly bizarre scene where she faces off with a very surprised Diana Prince. Of course the Wonder Woman vs her robot double fight is the stuff of legend. This time it's Diana under the truth serum and knocked out again, this time by drug laced butterflies (trippy!). Good thing they never thought to ask her the obvious question. One rather lame aspect is that she's imprisoned in the most feeble cage ever, I mean chicken wire, really?

    Very, very popular amongst the WW fetishists, both mind control and ASFR (people transformed into statues, living waxworks, robots etc), some people would actually have taken great delight if WW had been defeated and transformed into the Toymaker's latest plaything to judge by their comments.

    Just search Wonder Woman Android and Truth Serum and Wonder Woman Meets Fights her Clone

    One, question, what happened to the WW robot? We last see her knocked out in the Toymakers basement, could she still be up and about? Is the WW we see spraying 'Merry Christmas' on the shopfront at the end the real one or the recovered robot? What I like about her is not only the subtle way Lynda plays her differently from the genuine Wonder Woman (her acting skill really grows over time) but the fact we finally have a decent foe for her to fight, not just some more obvious stuntmen for her to throw around. The fight between them is imaginative and quite thrilling. We also have the 'arms race' referred to, a very real concern in the 70s. In the end Diana and Steve decide to allow the fake scientists to be shipped out of the country rather than the real ones, spreading disinformation and putting back the oppositions research for years, the sort of thing real spy agencies do.

    8/10, kinda love this one

  • Wonder woman meets a guy with a bigger fro than I ever had.

    Wonder woman meets a guy with a bigger fro than I ever had. This has it all: an android Wonder woman who puts up a good fight, uncertainty, a white guy with a bigger fro than I ever had, model airplanes with real bullets and bombs, a guy whose fake beard is real, melting androids, tiny soldiers cannons that shoot darts, voice disguiser used with toys, comments about rear wheel drive, frustration with superiors, the old switch with the androids before the real people are captured trick, clapping monkeys, dashboard ornaments, and a white guy with a bigger fro than I ever had. Simply awesome.moreless
  • It has most of the elements for a nifty episode but.......


    This episode of the series deals with scientists working on a top secret project being kidnapped and replaced by incredibly lifelike robots. Diana's investigation leads her to an elderly toymaker, who is more than a maker of playthings for the young.

    For this reviewer, there are good and bad points to this episode. On the positive side, the appearance of Frank Gorshin in the role of the toy maker was a nice touch and was reminiscent of his days portraying the Riddler on the Batman show of the 1960's. Another thing this reviewer enjoyed was the fairly lengthy fight between Wonder Woman and her robot duplicate near the end of the episode. For most of the series, any altercations between the heroine and her opponent(s) are usually brief and very one sided. This fight went back and forth in a well paced altercation that this reviewer truly enjoyed.

    On the negative side, the plot for Deadly Toys was a bit thin, to say the least. If the IADC thinks that the best security for an ultra important scientist is to station one or two extremely noticeable guards in the building containing a scientist, there was some serious flaws in that thinking. The other thing that bothered me was the fact that the toymaker's ability to make amazingly realistic robots is never explained at all in the episode which is puzzling to say the least.

    In conclusion, Deadly Toys was a decent episode and could have been really great but fails to get to that point.moreless
  • Toys will kill you if you're not careful!

    Unbalanced but never boring episode centering around a very devilish toy maker and his cohort the evil John Rubinstein. Both the latter and Frank Gorshin as the toy maker deliver strong performances as does Carter as the android Wonder Woman.

    Press pause on your screen to notice some toys you may have had as a kid in the 70s as well as to catch the jack that is holding the van up for Wonder Woman. The twist at the end of the script about letting the villains believe they had accomplished their job was a very clever plot device.moreless
Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner

Major Steve Trevor/Colonel Steve Trevor, Jr.

Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter

Princess Diana/(Yeoman) Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin


Guest Star

James A. Watson Jr.

James A. Watson Jr.

Dr. Prescott

Guest Star

John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein

Major Dexter

Guest Star

Tom Kratochvil

Tom Kratochvil

voice of Irac

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When the robot Wonder Woman flips over the railing, look closely and you can see the straps holding up the top of her costume. When she reaches the ground, they are gone.

    • Goof: When Dr. Prescott, under hypnosis, leaves the safe house, you will notice the picture "jump" where the scene was poorly edited.

    • Goof: Diana, drugged, tells Dexter that the last scientist is in her apartment guarded at the door by a plainclothes officer. However, when Dexter gets to her apartment, the door is opened by a military police officer in uniform.

    • This episode takes place during Christmas time.

    • Goof: Support wires can be seen in close-up views of a remote controlled toy airplane as it attacks Wonder Woman.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Wonder Woman: You should have stuck with the toys you were best at, Hoffman... the harmless ones!

    • WW Android: (pushing aside Hoffman) At this rate, we'll never get him out of the basement... let alone the country.
      Hoffman: You did very well for your strength but not too good when it comes to showing respect for your elders.

    • Wonder Woman: (looking down at android remnants) Whatever you were programmed for, I guess it wasn't for truth.

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