Six Million Dollar Man Enemy Maskatron

By Karl Stern (@dragonkingkarl, @wiwcool, karl@dragonkingkarl.com)

Some people get flowers or candy for their wedding anniversary... well, I'm not some people.  I got a very unique and odd action figure that I had as a kid.  The Six Million Dollar Man enemy action figure Maskatron!

I was only 6 or 7 years old when I got Maskatron.  I was a big fan of the Six Million Dollar Man television show and had the Steve Austin action figure (and have it now) and the Bionic Bigfoot (and have in now) and then one day my parents bought me a Maskatron, a really cool looking robot figure with interchangeable arms and face plates.  I remember as a kid thinking the figure looked amazing but was very difficult to play with as one of its action features was the fact that it basically "explodes".  I don't think, as a kid, I understood the locking mechanism because as I look at this one I have now it seems much less fragile than I remember.

The maskatron figure was a grey metal color that came with 3 faces (steve austin, Oscar Goldman, & maskatron human), two human arms, a suction cup arm, a claw arm, removeable shoes, pants, and shirt.  (mine is missing only the pants.)

The maskatron figure was a grey metal color that came with 3 faces (steve austin, Oscar Goldman, & maskatron human), two human arms, a suction cup arm, a claw arm, removeable shoes, pants, and shirt.  (mine is missing only the pants.)

Maskatron has a really cool robotic face that can be covered by three different face plates.  the two switches on the shoulders cause his head to pop off the body to simulate destruction.  one switch locks the head in place.

Maskatron has a really cool robotic face that can be covered by three different face plates.  the two switches on the shoulders cause his head to pop off the body to simulate destruction.  one switch locks the head in place.

the torso of Maskatron had three REMOVABLE computer panels.

the torso of Maskatron had three REMOVABLE computer panels.

in the claw grip is the bionic man steve austin, then left to right:  Oscar goldman and maskatron human face.

in the claw grip is the bionic man steve austin, then left to right:  Oscar goldman and maskatron human face.

the front of the box demonstrates the "head exploding" action feature.

the front of the box demonstrates the "head exploding" action feature.

the box opens up to revel the figure 

the box opens up to revel the figure 

The back of the box explains the various action figures.  there is a compartment on back of the figure to store the face plates but it is virtually impossible to fit them inside.  

The back of the box explains the various action figures.  there is a compartment on back of the figure to store the face plates but it is virtually impossible to fit them inside.  

An interesting note about Maskatron is that the character never appeared in the Six Million Dollar Man television show.  He was slated for the sixth season but the show was cancelled.  In 2014, Dynamite Comics released a Six Million Dollar Man season 6 comic book series and prominently featured Maskatron in the series.

dynamite comics six million dollar man season six comic book featuring maskatron as the enemy.

dynamite comics six million dollar man season six comic book featuring maskatron as the enemy.

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