Kenner Bionic Bigfoot The Sasquatch Beast and the Six Million Dollar Man – If you were watching the Six Million Dollar Man in the 1970s then the arrival of the Bionic Bigfoot (Bionic Bigfoot The Sasquatch Beast) will be well remembered. The battle between Steve Austin facing off against a seemingly indestructible opponent Bigfoot, became one of the most memorable and intriguing episodes of the series. We take a look at the Bigfoot storyline, action figures and collectibles created at the time and since, along with some prices in a small price guide.
Bigfoot appeared in the American television series “The Six Million Dollar Man,” during a two-part episode titled “The Secret of Bigfoot.” These episodes are Season 3, Episode 19, which originally aired on February 1, 1976, and Season 3, Episode 20, which aired on February 4, 1976.
The Kenner Bionic Bigfoot The Sasquatch Beast
The Kenner Bigfoot action figure, released in 1977, was a direct result of the immense popularity of the Bigfoot character on the show. The Kenner Bigfoot action figure stood about 12 inches tall, making it the perfect companion to the Steve Austin figure and other figures released by the same company.
The Bigfoot figure featured a solid plastic body covered in etched simulated fur, and a removable breast panel that when removed revealed the a graphic of the creatures inner bionic workings. The breast plate could also explode when the button below was pressed. The figure was created to scale against the other figures allowing fans to recreate epic battles between the bionic hero and the mythical beast. It is one of the rarer figures in the series and was only released in the US.
Bionic Bigfoot Action Features: “EXPLODING PANEL” & GRASPING ARMS
The figure is very collectible even out of the box. An out of box figure graded 8.0 by Action Figure Authority sold for $650 on ebay and another in excellent condition but not graded at $600. Others in lesser condition estimate $300.
Boxed editions vary greatly in price, as always depending on condition. A mint example in a near mint box is estimated at $2,000-$3,000 with prices depreciating on condition.
There is even a market for Bigfoot figure parts including the arms and breast panel. Reproduction boxes can also be bought.
The Bigfoot Storyline
Steve Austin is sent on a mission to investigate a series of strange seismic disturbances in the mountains. It’s there that he encounters the legendary creature, who turns out to be a formidable adversary. With his bionic strength, Austin engages in an epic battle with Bigfoot, showcasing the immense power and agility of the creature. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that Bigfoot is not a true cryptid but rather an advanced android created by a group of humanoid aliens. These aliens, known as the Delosians, have been living in a hidden underground city beneath the Earth’s surface. The Bigfoot android was created to protect the entrance to their city and deter any intruders.
The inclusion of Bigfoot in the Six Million Dollar Man series struck a chord with viewers, adding a touch of mystery and intrigue to an already engaging storyline. The character of Bigfoot also provided a platform for exploring themes of science fiction, with its android origins hinting at the possibilities of advanced technology and extraterrestrial life. The two-part episode quickly became a fan favorite and is often remembered as one of the series’ most iconic moments. Moreover, the crossover between the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bigfoot legend created a lasting impact on popular culture. It inspired many subsequent television shows, movies, and comic books to feature the mythical creature, often with a science fiction twist.
The Bigfoot character was portrayed by the professional wrestler and actor André René Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant. André the Giant’s imposing stature and physical presence made him the perfect choice for the role, as he stood at an impressive 7 feet 4 inches (224 cm) tall and weighed over 500 pounds (227 kg) (click to read feature on Andre the Giant Collectibles).
The box of the figure reveals the story:
BIGFOOT’S huge footprints have been found all over the world. Followers of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN Show have seen how aliens from another world built BIONIC BIGFOOT – placing him on earth to capture people to study.
Buy BIONIC BIGFOOT’S alien makers didn’t reckon on Colonel Steve Austin’s strength and speed. In a Bionic battler Colonel Austin defeated BIONIC BIGFOOT – foiling the aliens. They returned to their distant world leaving BIONIC BIGFOOT behind.
The Legend of Bigfoot
The legend of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, has been a subject of intrigue, fascination, and debate for centuries. This mythical creature is said to inhabit the dense forests and remote mountainous regions of North America, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. The stories and supposed sightings of Bigfoot have captivated the public’s imagination, making it one of the most famous cryptids in the world.
The origins of the Bigfoot legend can be traced back to the oral traditions and folklore of various indigenous tribes across North America. Many of these tribes have their own stories and names for a large, hairy, bipedal creature that roams the wilderness. The term “Sasquatch” is derived from the Halkomelem word “sásq’ets,” which was used by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast to describe such a creature.