The Bionic Man
, and the toy
I longed for when I was about ten.
The real Maskatron was a robot
who could be fitted with different masks (a la Westworld
) to impersonate Steve Austin
, his boss Oscar Goldman
, or -- I guess -- anybody about the right height and hair color.
The toy Maskatron was a 12-inch action figure
that came with three masks: Steve Austin, Oscar Goldman, and some generic
other guy. Its arms and legs were spring-loaded and would pop off when you used your Steve Austin doll (not included) to hit the special buttons. After doing this a few times, though, the limbs had a tendency to pop off at random, which bitterly disappointed ten-year-old me.
Here's a tip: if you ever think your friend might actually be Maskatron, throw a ballpoint pen
on the floor where he's likely to step on it. If it's crushed into powder, that's not your friend at all... IT'S MASKATRON! (Maskatron's much heavier than a human being.)
If you suspect your friend might be the toy version of Maskatron, just watch to see if his limbs randomly pop off.