Stretch Armstrong is Coming to Netflix
Remember holding Stretch Armstrong’s hand on the wall, while your best friend was pulling his leg as far as it could go? As kids, we’ve all had a similar experience trying to push this iconic toy to his limits. Sometimes Stretch went back to his original, muscular form and sometimes he just…turned into an unidentifiable blob of a man. If you managed to get him to reach 5 feet wide, you were the neighborhood champ!
The original Stretch Armstrong of 1976 was made of latex rubber, filled with gelled corn syrup, and wore a skimpy black Speedo. If you manage to find an original it will throw you back at least a few hundred dollars. This guy is one of the most collectible action figures…so why NOT give him an animated series?
Netflix (partnering with Hasbro Studios) just announced that Stretch Armstrong is getting his very own animated/comedy series:
“It focuses on an over scheduled teenager named Jake Armstrong and his two best friends. When the trio is accidentally exposed to an experimental chemical, they become Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, a team of unlikely stretchable superheroes who expand beyond the confines of their lives and embark on a series of adventures.”
We are going to safely assume that Jake will be wearing more than just a Speedo. This announcement goes hand in hand with Netflix’s promise to bulk up its original programing by releasing a new series every week! Stretch Armstrong will joining the Voltron reboot, giving both kids and adults some '80s flair (along with newer programs like musical Lalaloopsy and sci-fi drama The Greenhouse).
Andy Yeatman, Director of Global Kids Content for Netflix said:
“With roughly half of our 75 million members regularly watching kids content, we’re happy to expand our original slate with these three great series…we know kids love Netflix and that’s in part because they never really outgrow us. We program and recommend new TV shows and movies from preschool through their teen years and into adulthood.”
Thanks Netflix, we can only imagine what you come up with next!
Stretch Armstrong is expected to debut sometime in 2017.