MacGyver headed for Auckland

Last updated 11:34 10/07/2014
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He could probably engineer a boat from a piece of string and a tin can if he really wanted, but MacGyver has chosen to fly into New Zealand in October.

Richard Dean Anderson, otherwise known as 80s action hero MacGyver, will be in the country for appearances at sci-fi convention Armageddon.

Many New Zealanders will remember wi th fondness the sandy-haired adventurer, who leapt out of moving vehicles, outwitted the baddies and ultimately saved the day on our screens every week from 1985-1992.

His ability to get himself out of any sticky situation by transforming household objects into life-saving tools using only his Swiss army knife has become the stuff of legend.

In one classic MacGyver moment, he smashes a pair of binoculars, removing a prism to deflect a laser beam back to the enemy. In other episodes he uses baking soda and vinegar as a smokescreen, bedsprings as a catapult, and a mirror and a spiral painted ashtray to make a hypnotising machine.

The show has since infiltrated popular culture, with "MacGyvered" now listed in as a verb. (As in "I just macgyvered my suitcase shut with a shoelace.")

Anderson has been in other shows too, such as cult series Stargate, in which he played Colonel Jack O'Neill between 1997 and 2009.

He was most recently in Melbourne for the Oz Comic-Con event this month, when thousands queued around the block to get in throughout the two days.

In a slightly bizarre statement, Anderson said: "Never been to New Zealand! Looking forward to rectifying that situation in October as I make my way westward, WAY westward in continuing my life-long search for Old Zealand. So if you see me on the side of the road, don't follow me because I'll be lost!"

Anderson will attend the Auckland event on October 24 to 27.

Other television stars who will appear at the Auckland Armageddon Expo include Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica/Teen Wolf), Jacqueline Samuda (Stargate SG-1) and Graham McTavish (Hobbit Film /Outlander).

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