Advert for the Steve Austin figure
The Colonel Steve Austin Doll launched in 1975 and included an engine block that he could lift to show off his bionic arm's strenght. Talking of his arm, you could also remove two modules and roll back the skin to reveal the bionic "workings" on the original version of the doll, and I'm very pleased that I was lucky enough to have received this first doll. Due to health and safety the next doll had a removable arm rather than the small modules.On the third version Steve Austin had a bionic grip and you could press a button on his wrist to make him clamp an object.
What I remember most about my doll was his red NASA jumpsuit and removable red trainers. Also, the bionic eye which was like a mini telescope went down a storm in the school playground!
Is it me or does he look a bit camp?
Four hard back annuals were published during the late 70s, and each one was in full colour. They featured comic strips, short stories, photos and the odd serious article about science/space. I remember that in the 1977 annual there was a biography of Steve Austin. If you received one or more of these books and no longer have them, then I hope these images of the front covers will bring back some memories for you.