I believe I was about 6 years old when I remembered walking through the toy section of a department store with my mother…I didn’t see a 6 million dollar man toy, but I saw a Pulsar toy, and a Stretch Armstrong. For those of you who remember Pulsar, he had the see-through chest, and you can press on his back to get his heart pumping.
It was nice to see an Evel Knievel toy under the Christmas tree, and it was pretty to cool to at least have that. The bike was placed in a grooved track which locked into the back wheel. Turn the side winder, let go, and the bike propels forward.
The kickstand held the bike up nicely. Evel’s helmet comes off. Later on, there were other type of bikes he could ride around on, such as the Chopper. Apparently, the motorcycle will jump, wheelie, or do other things, but it does have a good kickstand to hold it up.
Pulsar (The Ultimate Man of Adventure,) was an interesting, gimmick-like toy, which allowed you to see his organs through his chest. Press the button on his back to make his heart pump and circulate his blood. You can also flip his head open to reveal his brain and a small plastic mission disc. This disc was called the “Mission Program Disc.” Maybe the toy was an action figure, and a model for teaching children about anatomy. He has a two piece track suit with a Velcro jacket that opens up to reveal his chest. He even has removable shoes. This toy was produced by Mattel in 1977.
I remember playing with Stretch Armstrong, who is about 8 inches tall, and his body is made of a hard rubber. His body is filled with gel, which makes him solid, yet very stretchable. After you stretch his limbs, his body will go back to its original form. Hasbro has recently put the Stretch Armstrong toy back on the market. You can throw him around, but the only thing you should be worried about damaging, is his plastic head.
Here is the advertisement for the old and new Stretch Armstrong.