MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE DINER LUNCHBOX
Copyright 1966--first year available 1967
has got to be among the most difficult Major Matt Mason items to locate. In fact, it was
unknown to collectors that these lunch boxes even existed until 1996, when a dealer
offered one for sale in Toy Shop Magazine. It is interesting to note that ads from the
Mattel Archives show a completely different illustration than was actually produced for
the production run. Using prototypes for ad photography was quite common within the Matt
Mason line of toys.
This lunch box was sold as one of a
set of four boys and girls lunch boxes Mattel offered under their Eateries line. Out of
all of these the Matt Mason one is the rarest! The box displays original four-color
graphics of Major Matt Mason sitting at a small table under a transparent domed diner
being served by a funny looking little green alien. Not as cool as the wallet or notebook
binder graphics in my opinion. But very unusual and hardly ever seen.
In the past year, two have surfaced,
one went for major money at a Toy Shop auction, the other was found in New York and ended
up in a Lunch box collector's hands in Oregon. I don't remember anyone ever having this
one at my school in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Special thanks to Fred Carlson for
providing the photos of this rare gem, and to Kevin Wright for supplying the ad from Toy
Shop that announced the discovery of this rare piece to the toy collecting world.
Now you can own a high quality
reproduction of this rare Major Matt Mason item. Collector Les Rayburn has faithfully
reproduced the original artwork on a newer Alladin style plastic lunch box. Email him for
details on how to buy yours!
Picture of the repro lunch
The box is 8 3/4" x 7 " x 4", and was not packed in a box.
DEALER CATALOG SPECS:
Each came in a standard pack of 1 doz. Wt: 11 lbs. Or in an assortment of 18 that included
several of each different boxes. Wt: 17 lbs. See stock #5060 for more details on this assortment.
Like the vinyl wallet, the dealer catalog shows a prototype lunch box with different
graphics than the version actually produced.
Doing the math since there's 12 in a case at 11 lbs. Or 18 at 17 lbs. Each lunch box
weighs less than 1 lb.
ALSO INCLUDED IN:
Lunch boxes were sold as individual items only.