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Sunday, June 28, 2015
At Flashbak: Major Matt Mason (Mattel)
Also at Flashbak this week, I looked back at one of the great toy lines of the space age: Mattel's Man in Space, Matt Mason.
was born in December of 1969, and was, therefore, a child of the 1970s. This
means – among other things -- that for me, the big toys that I remember playing
with came from Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, The Six Million Dollar Man, Space:1999
-- unfortunately -- I missed out on the heyday of one of the great toy lines of
all times: Mattel’s “Man in Space,”
Major Matt Mason.
line of action figures, playsets and vehicles first reached escape velocity in
1966, as the space race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. raged.
Matt Mason toys imagined a near-future reality in which space travel was a
regular occurrence, and mankind had installations on the moon. That’s where Matt was headquartered.
action figures for the line included Matt Mason, Sgt. Storm, Doug Davis and Lt.
Jeff Long. Over the run of the toy line, aliens including Captain Lazer,
Callisto and Jovian were introduced too.
toy I’ve always seen -- and wanted -- was a truly spectacular, multi-level
Moonbase or “Space Station” playset. Some aspects of it were re-used for Mattel’s
Moonbase Alpha toy in the 1970s."