Of late, I've thought a Toyman story which used licensed properties would be a rather good idea. Superman vs. Transformers, G.I. Joe, Micronauts, AT-AT imperial walkers, Gundams of all stripes, and beyond.
I shudder to think of the licensing issues involved there. In comics, it would very difficult, since those properties are all licensed to different publishers than DC. (Although if Toyman had been a Marvel character back in the '80s, the first four would've been easily doable.) In movies, maybe the Micronauts and Gundam could be licensed, but the screen rights to Transformers
and GI Joe
lie with Paramount (and Dreamworks in the former case) and Star Wars
is Lucasfilm, so they'd be unlikely to show up in a WB-produced Superman film. (On the other hand, The Clone Wars
airs on the WB-owned Cartoon Network, so maybe something could be arranged there.)
Yeah. Even though it would essentially be free advertisement, I guess it would conflict heavily with the current license holders.
The idea sounds all the dorkier the more I think about it, however, and I wonder if the satire would get through the fangasm of Superman knocking Optimus Prime's block off.
Which is another problem, since the license owners would quail at the notion of their properties getting the hell beaten out of them by another, potentially rival property.
Expies are, and have always been, a possibility. But the use of non-infringing clones lacks the punch of using the originals in all their glory.
Edit: speaking of, that is one Toyman-sized Constitution.