Toys of the Seventies, Major Matt Mason

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Major Matt Mason A 8 (actually 6") inch action figure in a white astronaut suit with black ridged joints. He had a removable helmet with a yellow blast shield. Other figures included Sgt Storm-red figure; Doug Davis-yellow figure; Jeff Long-african american, blue figure and Calisto-green 6" alien) Also available was a "jet pack" that was actually a spring wound 3' string which would attach to a chair or table top and "jet" Major Matt up the string. Usually you pulled the string to far and broke the spring! (jet pack was not spring activiated it used an iternal pully to propel the figure) A slew of accesories were also available from battery powered lunar crawlers and 3' tall space stations to alien creatures like (Scorpio) "Skorpion".
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Rick - October 20, 2011 - Report this comment
As I recall, they were very cheaply made. The limbs were rubber with a wire core that would break due to metal fatigue a few days after purchase. Also, the paint peeled off quickly.
Rob Lambert - March 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Mattel's MAJOR MATT MASON, another by-product of the space craze. Rick is right about the quality of the action figures. They were molder in black with a rubber coating for a space suit. There were lots of strange accessories you could buy including: Space Crawler, Space Bubble, inflatable tent, which couldn't hold air, it leaked. In 1970, two enemy character figures were introduced: Calysto, which had a green translucent head; and Scorpio, a robot-like figure with a head that resembled an aardvark. Both Scorpio and Calysto had short production lives, and are worth hundreds of $ on the collectible market. While the three astronauts; Mason, Doug Davis and Mike Storm may net $40 in mint apiece. After a slow marketing start in 1968, MATT MASON and crew were produced until 1972. Saturday cartoon shows with Mattel as a sponsor (i.g. "Sky Hawks") pushed the Man in Space heavily.
Rob Lambert - June 14, 2012 - Report this comment
An antique store near Appleton, Wisconsin, has for sale: The Matt Mason Talking Command Center from 1971. Another talker that used looping magnetic audio tape to "speak" when you pulled the cord. This toy has two seats that tilt and swivel, and folds up to latch as a carry case. The audio device doesn"t work, but toy is in original box, selling for $125. There is one TV commercial for it, from the "Archie's TV Funnies" cartoon show (10/9/71, CBS).
ashley auld - August 29, 2013 - Report this comment
I had the glider that you would put mat in.
Rob Lambert - August 15, 2014 - Report this comment
From the 1970 Sears Wishbook--Scorpio for $2.99 (a steal by comparison to today's collectible value). Talking Matt Mason for $4.55 (figure with pull-string "voice" modulator). Star Seeker space capsule for $8.99. Individual astronaut figures, including Jeff Long, reduced to a dollar each. Space Trac and Space Bubble combo for $4.99. Calysto not listed in this book.
Rob Lambert - June 28, 2015 - Report this comment
This comment is about a Mattel toy with similarities to Matt Mason which this site has not mentioned: That being the Tog'l men. Like Matt Mason, Tog'l Men had wires inside to make them bendable. Mattel introduced Tog'l blocks (known for having one hinge) in 1968. The Tog'l Men (three different) first came out in 1969. Both products were popular until 1971. The more elaborate Erector sets by Gilbert began eating away at this popularity with new concepts. In blister packs, Tog'l Men sold for a dollar each.

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