Video update: the recording is done, but the editing will take a while longer, and I have visit to the blood drawing folks in my future before my trip to the blood doctor to see how I’m doing off of the blood thinner. That’s more blood talk than you’ll probably see in tonight’s offering.
Who remembers this from their youth? SST Muscle Machines were based on the then relatively new sport, monster truck racing. The history can be traced back to the 1970s but it was in the 80s that it became popular. And a large part of that popularity with kids came from the Hulk Hogan of monster trucks…surprisingly not the actual Hulk Hogan monster truck, but Bigfoot. The creation of Bob Chandler, Bigfoot was the face of monster trucks. During events Bigfoot would use to crush cars, which oddly I don’t see much of on TV these days. I don’t see much of Bigfoot either, but the truck is still popular enough to appear in video games.
He’s also been the star of cartoons. Yes, he, in at least two versions. As part of the “Power Team” segment of the first season of Video Power Bigfoot was the transportation for his fellow video game heroes (Acclaim had the license at the time and promoted the game along with Arch Rivals, NARC, Ironsword, and Qwirk) and was the only one to have a villain counterpart who didn’t come from the game but was instead a real-world monster truck zapped by Bigfoot’s game pack. (Long story). More recently, Bigfoot present Meteor And The Mighty Monster Trucks had Bigfoot as a cameo in a world where monster trucks were the dominant lifeform. Meteor, the title character, considers Bigfoot his hero and his team includes Bigfoot’s son, LT., and daughter, Zooey. It features monster trucks learning to become racers.
However, the first cartoon to star Bigfoot had it as an ordinary truck. To tie in with the aforementioned SST Muscle Machines toyline a cartoon was created called Bigfoot And The Muscle Machines, which aired as part of the same Super Week pilot miniseries special as long-time Saturday Night Showcase subject Robotix. It wasn’t as popular as some other shows that joined them later on, but I remember enjoying it. The series is actually focused on a group of monster truck competiors, all based on actual monster trucks at the time but not using their drivers as characters. And the names we got were just odd. But we’ll get more into that after the show.