The Six Million Dollar Man

Toys and Merchandise

Firstly, the video above features a TV ad for the Steve Austin toy 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 strength. 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!

Six Million Dollar Man doll/figure with engine block and red jumpsuit
Is it me or does he look a bit camp?
The Six Million Dollar Man doll - outer packaging - box
Maskatron Action Figure
Maskatron toy doll with accessories
Of course, the bionic man had to have an enemy to fight and this came in the form of Maskatron. Launched in 1976 by Kenner, he had robotic parts and interchangeable faces, one of which looked like Steve Austin!

The Six Million Dollar Man Annuals

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.

The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1977
The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1978
The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1979
Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1980