To celebrate MacGyver’s birthday iFixit have released this Action Hero Toolkit.
Housed nicely inside an Altos-sized tin, this kit contains a selection of the most useful everyday items to fuel your inner MacGyver in times of need.
The kit includes a bobby pin, a single match, a rubber band, a piece of unchewed bubble gum, a birthday candle, a paper clip, a shoelace, a one-cent stamp, and a small piece of duct tape. You’ll need to provide your own Swiss Army Knife and mullet though.
UK Mobile game publisher, Fairplay Media, has announced that they are working with MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff to bring MacGyver into the mobile games market.
In a press release issued today Fairplay’s CEO, Simon Phillips enthused “Who doesn’t know MacGyver? To most people MacGyver is a household name that conjures up so many fond memories of puzzle solving, ingenuity and doing ‘a MacGyver’. We’ve been talking to Lee for some time and have constantly discussed different ways of bringing Mac to the mobile games market and we were delighted to be able find a way to do just that!”
“We’re excited to be able to bring MacGyver up to date and into the mobile games market. Games are the perfect way for Mac to start new adventures with both the existing fans and an entirely new global audience as well. I’m looking forward to working with the team at Fairplay and seeing Mac back in action” said Zlotoff. “What’s more, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the game will go to support The MacGyver Foundation.”
The first MacGyver title is already deep in development and due to be announced in the coming weeks.
Cable TV channel Cloo is once again running a MacGyver marathon on Sunday, February 16th.
As with previous marathons from Cloo, the line up consists of several episodes played in rotation throughout the 24 hour period, in this particular case it will be 12 episodes from Season 2 (see list below) which reads almost like a best of for the season.
The building used for exterior shots of MacGyver’s season 2 loft has undergone a dramatic facelift to now include a cement facade and arched roof according to reports today in Los Angeles Magazine which is reporting that construction on the 12,000-square-foot building, which will house retail space and offices, was supposed to be completed in spring 2013, but as of November it was still undergoing renovations.
A screen capture from a Season 2 episode of MacGyver (left), a Google Street View image taken in 2012 (middle), and a November 2013 photograph of the location, courtesy of Lindsay Blake (right).
Interestingly the Hardware sign has been retained, perhaps as a nod to the buildings history. Throughout the season 2 appearances of the building a bright red Hardware sign can be seen advertising the General Hardware store which occupied much of the ground level of the building. In later years the building itself looked to have become very run down with both the hardware store and dry cleaners, which occupied the space beside it, appearing to have closed down or moved on. The hardware store was eventually replaced by the “Hardwear” clothing store and it’s this incarnation of the sign which has now been engraved into the new face of the building, presumably indicating that the clothing store is still occupying the ground floor space.
Thankfully MacGyver’s other Seasons 1 and 7 abodes still stand in Venice ( 317 Ocean Front Walk and 1421 Abbot Kinney Boulevard), still looking much the same as they did when the series originally aired.
Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute museum will be holding a MacGyver night as part of their Science After Hours program on Tuesday, Feb 11 from 6:30PM-9:30PM. The science nights are designed to be an entertaining and educational hands on alternative to the local bar scene for adults with each night having a different theme and including cash bars and opportunities to play in some of the hands-on exhibit spaces along with challenges, extravaganzas, live performances, plus lots more.
MacGyver Night at the Museum
Tuesday, February 11 – 6:30PM-9:30PM
Cut the red wire or blue wire? See if your skills match TV’s favorite special agent, Angus MacGyver. Create diversions, defuse the bomb, make a getaway, and enjoy all things that explode during this 1980s flashback. Just make sure you bring your chewing gum and some wire.
The MacGyver Night activities and shows will include amongst other things…
Live BOOM! Show – Enjoy all things explosive with an action packed floor show! LED Throwies – MacGyver meets street art with this make and take activity. Superconductor Cart – Watch as a disk levitates above a magnetic track—with the help of ultra cold liquid nitrogen. Egg Drop Parachute – Can you prevent the egg from breaking? Challenge your friends for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Tickets cost $15 for Non-Members and $10 for Franklin Institute Members and can be purchased online from their site.