Synopsis of Toy
There’s not much in this world more heartbreaking than the end credits of your very favorite TV show. But if you were a Bionic Woman fan, when the sands of that hourglass finally dropped on through to the bottom, you could rouse your Bionic Woman doll from her cardboard box bed and go to town. Maybe you couldn’t muster adventures that were as exciting as those on the show, but the you-and-Jaime playtime would certainly tide you over until the next episode.
The Bionic Woman was a spinoff of another bionic-themed prime time hit, The Six Million Dollar Man. In the great and dramatic opening credits of the show, Jaime paraded her newly acquired bionics while sporting a track top, jeans, and white sneakers. It figures, then, that Kenner’s original 1976 Bionic Woman doll was outfitted in the same. Turn her head from side the side and hear little clicks that were meant to sound the way her aural bionics did on the show. There was even a hole in her right ear so that you could hook in the cord from the included test kit and keep tabs on her bionics’ progress. Her right arm had “roll-back” rubber skin and removable bionic components, and her legs had panels that you could lift open to see the circuitry inside. And her jeans, niftily enough, had easy-access openings located right where the panels were, so you could check out Jaime’s robotics without having to totally disrobe her and hold up all that toy traffic.
Later Jaime models had feet that could turn, along with more beguiling attire. But best of all was the “Mission Purse” (an interesting compliment to Oscar Goldman's "Exploding Briefcase") that these dolls came with—a vinyl bag with a bounty of little plastic goodies inside: a wallet, money, ID, credit cards, her mission assignment, her Morse code decoder, pictures of Steve and Oscar, maps and make-up. In terms of girl fun, playing with Jaime’s mission purse was a very close second to dumping out the contents of your mom’s purse, handling every single item therein and trying on all the lipstick.
In 1977, because every super woman needs an almost-super nemesis, Jaime’s enemy the Fembot was issued. This femme fatale had a creepy circuitry face with a Jaime facemask, a “Mystery Lady” facemask, and the awful Paralyzer Gun, which frequently incapacitated Jaime on TV and made us devout little viewers shriek in terror. The head-scratcher in Kenner’s product line was the Bionic Beauty Salon. Sure, every girl needs a little beauty time, but the Salon didn’t seem to fit into the world of secret missions and fembots and assorted plastic weaponry. But coiffed or not coiffed, Jaime had it going on.
Release History of Toy1976 - The Bionic Woman
1977 - The Fembot