Keith Meyers, The Space Station!

Stock #6321 Major Matt Mason Space Shelter Pak.


Space Shelter Card. Photo by
Keith Meyer. From the Collection of Keith Meyer.
Back of Card.

Copyright 1967--first year available 1968

With the aid of a portable inflator pump and control this emergency inflatable one man shelter unfolds and fills with oxygen to protect astronauts from violent space storms. This "pup tent" also could be used as a construction site shelter while a new Space Station was being built.

Made of "blue" vinyl with "white" printed graphics, this portable shelter and it's attachments can be made compact to be easily carried on a specially made back pack.

This set also included a map with case and a compass. Each molded in "white" plastic with decals. These smaller accessories are most always missing, possibly dropped into a deep lunar crevice or chewed up by the family dog.

8 1/2" x 12" hole punched blister card. Like most accessory cards this one was decorated with two colorful photos. One showing an astronaut carrying the shelter on a back pack, the other displaying the tent in use, with a satellite launcher in the background.

Each in standard packs of 1 doz. Wt: 4 lbs. Also available on card in Assortment pak
#A6348 and in the 9" x 6 3/8" x 13 1/4" chip box in standard pack of 1 doz. Wt: 5 lbs. And in the chip boxes in yet another Assortment pak #A6338 Wt: 7 lbs.

The space shelter pak was one of four accessory paks that were later repackaged into small cardboard chip boxes. With a new photograph of Major Matt Mason lying in the shelter and Sgt. Storm with his pak still strapped to his back. The stock number remained the same.

Why Mattel made this change I can only guess. I can only speculate that there was some leftover accessories that they wanted to boost sales by using the new packaging design. Or perhaps the blister card was simply more expensive. I really don't know. If any one has further info I would invite you to share it here with us all.

Most always found in good inflatable condition.

This was the only stock number that offered these items.

 Space Shelter. Photo by
Keith Meyer. From the Collection of Keith Meyer.


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