The Six Million Dollar Man was a special toy for me because I actually got it during the only Xmas my family was ever away from home for that holiday. We were at my mother’s parents’ house in Florida, and I actually came down with Chicken Pox during the trip from NYC on Amtrak. For just about the entire two weeks I was quarantined in my own room with a host toys from that year’s bounty (I think it was 1976 or 77).
The Six Million Dollar Man remains to this day one of the toys I remember most fondly because not only did he keep me company during that lonely week, but he also had a hole in his head that was an attempt to illustrate what it might be like to have a bionic eye through a wide-angle lens. Moreover, I also dug his red jumpsuit and sneakers, and I used my illness to actually make my mother get me a get up just like it. And while after donning it I couldn’t see any clearer, or lift engine blocks with a single hand, I must admit I looked pretty damn good!
Image credit: Wishbook’s “1976.xx.xx JCPenney Christmas Catalog P413”
And as an added bonus here is the 1976 commercial for the toy with the new and improved bionic grip:
And this crazy toy fair promo for the doll in 1974: