Someone Bought This: Stone Cold Steve Austin interactive figure hooks up to your computer

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Steve Austin interactive figure

This WWF Stone Cold Steve Austin interactive electronic figure was produced by Jakks Pacific in 1999.

Steve Austin interactive figure in box front

Here’s the official product description and system requirements:

Steve Austin, the finger-pointing WWF mascot, can now be directly plugged into your computer. Fans can download his rants and wrestling sound effects right off the Internet. Using the enclosed CD-ROM and secret password, players access the WWF-wired Web site. From there they download actual rants (about 45 seconds long) and program them into their Steve Austin action figure. Press the snake button on Steve Austin’s belt and hear him play back the rants you just downloaded. The action figure has bendable knees and elbows and flexible wrists so he can easily be posed.

Comes with a stand, a miniature microphone, and complete, easy-to-follow instructions.

System requirements: 486 DX 66 MHz; 8 MB RAM; 25 MB available hard drive space with available com port (Pentium recommended); a 56K modem recommended; Microsoft Windows 95; a CD-ROM drive; a sound card; Netscape Navigator (3.0 or above) or Microsoft Internet Explorer (3.0 or above).

Steve Austin interacive figure box

“Hold your horses son, I’m downloadin’” sounds like something Yosemite Sam would say to Bugs Bunny.

Yosemite Sam

So anyway, the idea with the figure was that you could hook him up to your computer, log in to http://www.wwfwired.com (click on that URL to go to the Web Archive of that page to see what it looked in late 1999 when this figure came out) and download Steve Austin sound bytes to the figure, press a button on the figure, and it would play the sound bytes.

Here are the system requirements as shown on the box:

Steve Austin interactive figure requirments

So I guess if you were a Mac user, you were pretty much screwed.

Remember when computers had serial com ports? And Netscape Navigator? And 14.4kbps dial-up modems (ask your parents, kids)? And 486 processors? Ah, those were the (bad) days…

“Software may not work with some”? Some what?

Steve Austin interactive figure lose

The toy was essentially one big flash drive with some proprietary software, and a speaker, shaped like Stone Cold Steve Austin.

I guess my big problem with this toy is that it reduces the need for kids to use their imagination when playing.

Steve Austin Interactive Figure item with whole box

I could make my Hasbro WWF figures “say” whatever I wanted them to say because I was the one doing the talking pretending to be the wrestler! I didn’t need no stinkin’ downloaded sound bytes to have fun when I was a kid, dangnabit!

Anyway, you can still buy it right now on Amazon for just $25.99! Since the download website is dead, I don’t know if there’s much you can do with it anymore but why don’t you buy one, find out, and let us know in the comments section?

It would make for a nice display piece, at any rate.

Check out this article by a guy who’s interested in hacking the toy and figuring out how the proprietary sound files work. I guess he hasn’t had much luck (or he just hasn’t bothered to update the page).

I would love to know if any of you Crappers had or have this figure and if it actually worked. Please leave a comment below!

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10 Responses to "Someone Bought This: Stone Cold Steve Austin interactive figure hooks up to your computer"
  1. bret_owen99 says:

    I HAVE THIS FIGURE!!!

  2. bret_owen99 says:

    I HAVE THIS FIGURE!!! Years after this came out, I found it at a local Toys R Us for $5 (yes, only 5 smackaroonies). When I tried to go online to download more phrases, the website was already down (I’d like to know how long it was actually up).

    For $5 it’s not a bad figure (it’s pretty big, is articulated, and came with a base). If you press one button in his belt buckle it blares his entrance music, and the other button says his phrases. It came with built in phrases that you could play around with on your PC.

    At the Time he was having women problems, so I thought it would be funny to make several quotes like this:

    “If you want me to react in a physical and violent way, give me a Hell Yeah!”
    “Why don’t I just paint a bullseye on your back and just kick you around the Damn building?”
    “Are you really Santa, or are you just some fat piece of trash?”
    “If you think Debra is a big Piece of trash, give me a Hell Yeah!”
    “Stone Cold’s fixing to open up a can of Whoop Ass on Debra, and there can’t be no other way”
    “Stone Cold’s going to stomp a mudhole right through Debra’s carcass”
    “but if you ask Stone Cold Steve Austin, it’s been a conspiracy between Debra and You all along”
    “Your going to get whipped in front of the world, and that’s all I got to say”

    The parts with ‘Debra’ was where you could put in any name (Undertaker, Rock, You), but I found it strange that you could actually put in Diva names. I haven’t hooked it up to my PC in forever, so Stone cold is still yelling at Debra to this day (and the batteries still work, surprisingly)

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      I think the site was only up for a year- if that. Archive.org only has the wwfwired.com site archived for about a year.

  3. Bone White says:

    Slightly off topic I know, but the modem at one of my first work places was the size of a small house

  4. RD Reynolds says:

    14.4K modem? Man, that’s FAST. I started with a 300 baud!

  5. CarlMarksGuy says:

    Awesome — but I’m going to be the world’s biggest nerd/geek/poindexter and point out a Freudian Slip in the text:

    “The toy was essentially one big flash drive with some proprietary software, and a speaker, _shamed_ like Stone Cold Steve Austin.”

    Presumably that was supposed to be “SHAPED like Stone Cold”, but I think there’s plenty of shame to go around for this item, which appears to be “Stone Cold Teddy Ruxpin” with a modem jack :)

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Ooops! LOL! Okay, I’m going to correct that because I’m anal about my own mistakes, but that’s really funny! :)

  6. Sir Thomas says:

    I’d have killed for one of those back in The Attitude Era. Ah, the good old days of being young, dumb, and antisocial.

  7. Paul R. from SpookCentral.tk says:

    I think this is actually a pretty cool idea for a toy. They should bring this concept back, trade in the com port connector for a USB connector, and ditch the idea of an exclusive (and sure to be taken down at some point) website from which to get proprietary-format soundbytes.

  8. Eric WIlliamson says:

    Just bought the thing and it came on 3/16 (heh heh) I got a com port converter and tried hacking too but no luck. Doesn’t help that the WWF is no longer existent, Mattel now makes the toys and that all of the software is irrelevant. I am at least trying to get it to do something via batteries but that seems to not be working well either considering there was acid inside the back of the toy with 14 year old batteries inside of it. Welp, I guess if you are gonna buy the thing for it’s primary purpose, I would suggest saving your money even though it costs as much as a TNA Jakks figure now. Or just invest in the Giant WCW talking figures that work via batteries and have much more dialogue than this toy. Or, If you are a huge Steve Austin fan like myself and would like having it as a display piece, then this works wonders! As long as I can get the battery function to work then I am satisfied. Just kind of wish I got to see it functioning years ago when I had it for the first time although I was too young to even know how to use a PC. So overall, despite of me being a Stone Cold fan, this is a very crappy toy if you look at what it’s invented for. It makes you wonder who is the targeted audience for this?

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