|#5453 MAJOR MATT
MASON SPACE EXPLORATION GAME BY MATTEL
Copyright 1967--first year available 1968
If a kid wasn't
satisfied with the ever increasing popularity of the Major Matt Mason toy line, and just
couldn't get enough of the toys themselves or the compliment of non-toy items such as note
book binders, wallets, puzzles, etc.... There was this really cool looking boardgame! Not
a great game, but hey, it's Major Matt Mason so we had to love it!.
The object of play was to explore the moon for signs
of life. The first explorer who returns to the space ship and is able to point out where
there are three signs of life-- as shown by the moon cards--is the winner.
The game consisted of four moon explorers, two
familiar faces headed up the party with a couple of new guys that were never heard of
again, Capt. Chuck and Lt. Len. There are four matching command posts each associated with
one of the astronauts. And twelve Moon cards, some of which were the "signs of
life" cards. A moon spinner with an astronaut riding a "red" craft we have
never seen before, kinda like a flying sled, but the astronaut lies down on it similar to
the Recono jet.
All of these pieces were played in correspondence to a
really cool vaccum - formed vinyl playing board. The board is very colorful with 3D raised
mountains and craters. The center of the board held yet another spinner, a vaccum - formed
volcano. The board was also decorated with several familiar accessories like the moon suit
and space sled.. Though the game was quite elementary, 2 to 4 "Matt-aholics"
could probably have quite a blast with this thing.
The box sported an outstanding, unusual and very interesting painting of Major Matt Mason
flying above the moon with a space staion below. One of the most unique styles of MMM art
The box to the game was different than most game
boxes, the large squared flat carton would raise up being hinged in the rear and the front
would tuck into the bottom section. Game instructions were printed on the inside of the
box lid (actually a large decal applied to the underside).Overall dimensions of this
unusual box is 19" x 19" x 3". Mine still has a $3.77 price sticker
attached. This is not a very easy game to come by, especially complete and in decent
DEALER CATALOG SPECS:
Unknown. Can anyone help with how these were packaged in the shipping cases? Were they
available as standard packs of 6 or 12. Or was there an assortment pack including several
of each of the four games of this series.
Mattel made four games in the series of the 3D vacuum-formed line, all of which are sought
after by collectors today;
Gentle Ben Animal Hunt Game by Mattel, Stock #5454
Major Matt Mason Space Exploration Game by Mattel, Stock #5453
The Barbie World of Fashion Game by Mattel, Stock #5452
The Amazing Doctor Dolittle Game by Mattel, Stock #5451
ALSO INCLUDED IN:
These games were only offered individually to the consumer.