Remember This… ?

March 23, 2007

stretcharmstrong.jpgIt was a simple, yet very popular invention. Stretch Armstrong. He could stretch, and he could… well, he could stretch. Still, millions of kids owned this toy. I had one back when they re-issued it in the early 1990’s.

Stretch Armstrong was originally introduced in 1976. The original toy was a lot different than the one I had, as it looked more like a “Ken” doll with rubber arms. The one I owned looked more like a cartoon character, but with the douche level turned up quite a few notches. (The picture to the left is of the 1990’s version).

There were also a few other stretch figures released. “Stretch Monster”, Stretch Armstrong’s arch-nemesis, and a dog version wittingly called “Fetch Armstrong”.

The Stretch toy still has a cult following today, even though it’s been quite a few years since production was stopped. The toy has been mentioned on TV shows The Family Guy, My Name Is Earl and Robot Chicken. It was even mentioned in the country song, “19 Somethin'” by Mark Wills.

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