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- For the band, see Stretch Arm Strong.
1977 Stretch Armstrong Commercial
(Stretch Monster in back)
Evil X-ray Wretch Armstrong
(Stretch Armstrong's evil brother)
Stretch Armstrong was a large, gel-filled action figure first
introduced in 1976 by Kenner.
Stretch Armstrong was in the shape of a well-muscled blond man
wearing a pair of swimming trunks. Its most notable feature was
that its arms and legs could stretch outwards, presumably without
The doll was re-issued in the 1990s with a canine sidekick,
"Fetch Armstrong". He also
has an evil brother named Evil X-ray Wretch Armstrong who has a
skull face, sports a mohawk and also stretches. Wretch Armstong
seems to be a redesigned, smaller remake of Stretch X-Ray from 1977
who had an over sized exposed brain, alien creature looking face
with a see through body that shows his internal organs.
Other similar releases were Stretch Monster, a reptilian green nemesis released by Kenner in
1978 and Fetch Armstrong, the
figure's pliable canine counterpart released in the early 1990s by
Cap Toys. Cap Toys also released Stretch Vac-Man while ToyQuest
released Super Morphman, both of which were filled with a granular
solid instead of the viscous liquid found in the other figures. A
vacuum pump which attached to the heads of these figures removed
the air from within and allowed for considerable, but not
unlimited, stretching ability.
- Stretch Armstrong was parodied in the Cartoon Network
Chicken in the episode "Anne Marie's
Pride" voiced by Seth
Green. When the corn syrup that helps him stretch runs dry in
his body, he is in need of a corn syrup transplant. Despite the
warning of his doctor, he ends up stretching when he still had the
stitches that needed to be healed. Thus, the corn syrup splatters
over his wife and Stretch Armstrong Jr. leaving him empty. A year
later, his wife took Plastic Man as a husband.
- In the Family
Guy episode "Screwed the Pooch", Carter
Pewterschmidt mentions Stretch Armstrong during the court case near
the end of the episode. Peter Griffin then replies: "Oh, man! And
his arms stretch out to next week!"
- In the 1999 film Detroit Rock City, one of
the characters, Trip is seen stealing an original Stretch Armstrong
doll from a couple of kids in front of a convenience store when
they tell him "Kiss sucks!" when he asks them if they have Kiss tickets. He later
uses the doll to stop an armed robber from holding up the store.
Eventually, the kids he stole the doll from return and steal the
doll back from him when he is beaten up by a group of bullies going
to the same concert he is trying to go to.
- In Theater Calgary's production of Skydive, Morgan and
Daniel find a Stretch Armstrong doll in their mothers basement and
proceed to tell a story of when Daniel ate the stuff inside Stretch
and had to be sent to the hospital.
- In February 2009, Universal Pictures announced that Steve Oedekerk
would be penning a film adaptation of the doll.