|PERFORMER||Martin P. Robinson|
The Sandman is a traditional character, sometimes a fairy, who promotes slumber and sweet dreams by judicious application of sand. The character was especially popular in the Scandinavian regions and countries such as Denmark and Germany. Similar figures, such as Wee Willie Winkie, have arisen in other countries.
The Sandman, represented as more of a working deliveryman, appears in episode 3059 of Sesame Street. Savion is unable to get Baby Natasha to take her nap, cueing the Sandman to arrive. He throws a pinch of his sleeping sand toward Natasha, but misses her eyes (which would instantly put her to sleep). Savion borrows some of his sand to do a quiet tap dance with, hoping it'll lull Natasha to sleep. When that fails, the Sandman makes another attempt. Natasha instead blows the sand at him, putting him to sleep.
- The Sandman (depicted as if actually made from sand) appears in the UK Jim Henson's Muppets Annual 1982 story "Kermit's Christmas Diary," as a member of POPCORNS (People Other People Consider to be Other than Real Normal Specimens) with fellow symbols the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus as well as pop culture icons Kermit the Frog, Mickey Mouse, and Superman (who sit together at meetings).