Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man is credited as being the world’s first truly successful action figure based on a TV show. This Six Million Dollar Man doll broke new ground in lots of other ways as well. It was the first action figure to have a bionic eye that you could through; there was a hole in the back of the figure’s head for this purpose. It was also taller than most of the other action figures of that period. Another unique feature was that you could roll back the skin on his arm to see the machinery in his arm. The bionic doll could also be used to life weights of up to a few pounds.
The Six Million Dollar Man action figure first hit the shelves in 1975; the year after the TV series arrived in people’s living rooms. By the time the doll was released Bionic man fever had taken over, and there is little wonder as to why it became so successful. It was also the unique features of the doll that made it so popular though; it seemed to offer a lot more than other action figures out at the same time. There was no need to immediately run out to by accessories because there was enough entertainment to be had to keep young minds engaged for at least a few weeks.
After the successful release of the first Six Million Dollar Man action figure there were more to come. Other dolls like the Bionic Big-foot and the Bionic Woman appeared on the scene. The number of different accessories available for the bionic man went through the roof - everything from exploding briefcases to sky rockets.
The success of the Six Million Dollar Man action toy was very tied in with the success of the TV series. The series managed to keep audiences glued to their seats for a long time, but all good things have to come to an end. The show managed to last five seasons from 1974 until 1978 and it also spawned another spin-off TV series called the bionic woman.
Six Million Dollar Man action figures are in high demand but it is almost impossible to find pristine dolls .These were great toys and when children had them they liked to bash them about a bit. These action figures are often a much cherished memory for those adults who once played with them so interest in the toy as collectables remains high.
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Steve Austin is a former astronaut who is severely injured when he crashes the delta-wing air craft he has been testing. If this accident had occurred a year or two earlier Steve would be dead or at least crippled, but thanks to modern technology it is possible to turn him into a cyborg. Oscar Goldman decides to invest six million dollars into fixing all the parts of Steve Austin’s body that have been damaged beyond repair. When the surgery is complete what is left is a half man and half machine. The Six Million Dollar Man has mechanical legs that allow him to run at sixty miles an hour, a bionic eye that allows him to see great distances, and right arm that allows him to send one hell of a blow.
The Six Million Dollar Man is not allowed to squander his amazing abilities and is quickly put to work fighting the bad guys. Steve is now a member of OSI which is a highly secret intelligence agency involved in the most secret missions there is. His first task involves being sent to steal papers from a yacht and this nearly gets him killed, but he triumphs in the end. In Steve’s next mission he is sent to deal with kidnappers who have taken a politician’s daughter; once again he beats the bad guys. He continues beating the bad dudes for over a hundred future missions shown in the television series.
The Six Million Dollar Man wouldn’t be complete without a bionic woman. This came in the form of Jamie Summers; she was a love interest of Steve’s who had an almost fatal accident with a parachute. She was saved in much the same way as Steve had been and also gained superhuman abilities. Like Steve she began taking on missions until the two disappeared from TV screens in 1978. They came back again in 1994 when they finally tied the knot.
The Good Guys
The main hero in the Six Million Dollar Man is Steve Austin. He was an astronaut who also worked as a test pilot for different aircraft. During one test mission he crashes his plane and it looks as if he is finished. Instead of being allowed to die, or to spend his life in a wheelchair, he becomes part of an experimental type of treatment that involves replacing his defective limbs and organs with bionic ones. These new limbs give him superhuman abilities such as being able to run at sixty miles an hour. He is also given a bionic eye that means that he misses nothing. His new arm gives him unbelievable strength and the bad guys don’t have a chance. All this machinery hasn’t been added to Steve’s body out of generosity; he now has to work for a secret government agency called the OSI.
Jamie Summers is Steve’s girlfriend. She has a terrible parachute accident and in order to save her life she too undergoes a similar type of surgery as Steve had on his body. She is now the first bionic woman and not willing to remain under Austin’s shadow. She goes off and completes her own missions for the OSI, but eventually her and Steve get back together and marry.
Oscar Goldman is in charge of the bionic operations at OSI; he is the direct controller of Steve Austin and later Jamie Summers. Oscar can be tough and doesn’t like any nonsense, but Steve usually gets on fine with him.
The Bad Guys
In the Six Million Dollar Man series Steve Austin went on over a hundred missions and he dealt with thousands of bad guys. It usually wasn’t possible to get to know these baddies too much because they didn’t last long around Steve. Once the Six Million Dollar Man dealt with a bad guy they stayed dealt with so there was no real arch-enemy in the TV series.
Some of the bad guys that Steve Austin has put out of operation over the years include; KGB agents, mad scientists, robots, international criminals, government conspirators, revolutionaries, monsters, and trained sharks.