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Stock #6316 Major Matt Mason Spaceship Carry Case.

 

Space Ship Carry Case. Photo by Mike Blanchard.
From the collection of Mike Blanchard.

#6316 SPACESHIP CARRY CASE
Copyright 1966--first year available 1967

Also known as the "Rocket Ship Case", the ship stands 18 inches tall, and without any battery operated lights, motors or pull-string sounds. This rocket ship shaped vinyl carrying case with it's printed interior controls and "blue" and "white" exterior left a lot for a child's imagination.

Having only one moving part, a doorway that would fold down to make a ramp that would provide a fueling and launching platform for Space Sleds. An acceleration couch would strap Major Matt Mason in place during lift-offs or while you were climbing the backyard fence tossing it over the other side to go to the moon with your buddy on the next block.

Mostly functional as a carrying case the interior walls along the floor had pockets for storing small equipment and accessories. A sturdy plastic handle was attached for easy toting.

PACKAGE DESCRIPTION:
This piece was not packaged in a box, only a tag with description and price was attached to the carry handle.

DEALER CATALOG SPECS:
Information currently unavailable.

VARIATIONS:
The acceleration couch is "orange" in the dealer catalogs. And the actual production ones are "blue".

COMMENTS:
In the collectors field today, this is among the most difficult to find pieces. Although Mattel advertised this piece to be of sturdy vinyl, the thin-walled plastic of the vacuum formed nose cone and floor with it's molded-on thruster cones is most always found cracked and broken. The door is sometimes about to fall off and the acceleration couch is often missing. A true gem among MMM collectibles when found undamaged and intact.

ALSO INCLUDED IN:
Sold as an individual item only.

Space Ship Carry Case. Photo by Mike Blanchard. From
the collection of Mike Blanchard.

 

Copyright 1997 Keith Meyer. All rights reserved.
Revised: February 25, 2006.