The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a fictional cyborg working for the OSI (which was usually said to refer to the Office of Scientific Intelligence, but sometimes was called the Office of Scientific Investigation as well as the Office of Strategic Intelligence).

six million dollar man action figureThe show was based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, and aired on the ABC network as a regular series from 1974 to 1978, following three television movies in 1973. The title role of Steve Austin was played by Lee Majors, who subsequently became a pop culture icon of the 1970s.

First issue

The first figure was made by Kenner Toys in 1975 and is so stamped on the back of the figure. It came in a box with a flap with drawings of the character in action. The box had a window to show the action figure. He was dressed in his NASA style Red Sweat Suit with red rubber shoes and white socks. Included with the action figure came an engine block which the figure could lift by turning the figures head to the right and depressing the button on his back, which made a cranking noise to represent the bionic action of the arm. Turning the head back to the left released the right arm from action. On this first isuee, the figure's left arm is not removable, it doesn't detach from the shoulder as the second and third versions do, so if by any chance you do have one and the left arm can be removed then (unfortunately) you don't have a first issue.

In addition to the title hero, the line featured an impressive rogues gallery: Maskatron, a Westworld-ish looking cyborg who came with a number of familiar faces used to infiltrate OSI; Fembot, a girly version of Maskatron; and Sasquatch (spoiler: he turned out to be as full of circuitry as Steve Austin). For nerdy little completists, there was also an Oscar Goldman, so kids could recreate OSI's bullshit administrative meetings or something, and for their sisters there was a Bionic Woman doll, whose super-hearing was represented by a clicking sound in her neck. The Bionic Woman came with a purse and a hairbrush.

A spin-off of the show was produced called The Bionic Woman.

Basic FiguresYear
Bionic Bigfoot1975
Command Counsel1975
Oscar Goldman1975
Porta Communicator1975
Steve Austin (1975 issue)1975
Steve Austin (1976 issue)1976
Steve Austin (1977 issue - Biosonic)1977
Back Pack Radio1975
Bionic Cycle1975
Bionic Mission Vehicle1975
Bionic Transport & Repair Station1975
Bionic Video Center1975
Critical Assignment (Arms)1975
Critical Assignment (Legs)1975
Dual Luanch Drag Set1975
Mission Control Center1975
OSI Headquarters1975
Tower & Cycle Set1975
Venus Space Probe1975
Bionic Adventures Set
Mission to Mars1975
O.S.I. Undercover Assignment1975
Test Flight at 75,000 Feet1975
Dr. Kromedome (Montgomery Ward)1975


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Lisa - October 4, 2013

Recently found 4 buttons (not pins) poss bronze that say six million dollar man and his face in the middle trying to get more info on them any help would greatly appreciated thank you Lisa
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