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Stock #6357 Major Matt Mason Star Seeker.

 

Star Seeker. Photo by Keith Meyer. From the
collection of Les Rayburn.

#6357 STAR SEEKER
Copyright 1969--first year available 1970

Powered by two "D" cell batteries the Star Seeker was the last of five battery operated vehicles to be introduced in the Major Matt Mason toyline during it's four year run. Though it is actually some sort of capsule shaped space craft intended for flight, it operated by rolling on a smooth surface carrying any one of Mattel's astronauts including Callisto.

With it's memory guidance system this was truly a unique toy. The "white" plastic craft with it's moveable transparent "blue" vista dome and three "black" wheels was controlled by 11 "orange" plastic control pegs that each would fit into one of three positions in a "blue" console which made up the brain center of the ship. Each position represented either a right, left or straight path to follow. Each peg would program the Star Seeker for 20 inches, making it's total flight path over 18 feet! By positioning the pegs in various combinations around the console you could create a seemingly endless multitude of preset flight paths. The toy has two wheels that swivel around to make itself turn and the third wheel as the power drive. It could be programmed to return to a starting point or be run at random. Unlike the other battery operated vehicles, when the Star Seeker completed it's course it would shut itself down.

As an added feature there are cardboard cutouts of the Sun, moon and the nine planets included. These would be positioned around on the floor so that the Star Seeker could be programmed to go around each planet without touching them.

We have provided high resolution files of these cutouts so that those who are missing them can reproduce them using a color printer. Simply download and save the image files below and then print out on a good quality bubblejet or laser printer using glossy paper. Cut and mount onto heavy stock cardboard and your Star Seeker will be ready for action!

Planet Cutout #1. 2.8 Meg.
Planet Cutout #2. 2.9 Meg

The instruction sheet provides you with several flight diagrams to follow such as a "Jupiter Splashdown", "Moon to Mars Flight" or "Venus Orbit Flight" to name a few. But the most fun would come by creating your own flight destination and using Mom's furniture as an obstacle course.

Though I always thought this was a silly accessory for Major Matt Mason and my least favorite of the vehicles, in it's own right the Star Seeker was a very neat and well thought out complicated machine. And being made towards the end of the line it is also the rarest to find of the vehicles.

PACKAGE DESCRIPTION:
The Star Seeker was packaged in the most unique box yet. A hexagon shaped 12 inch tall box with each of it's six sides being 6 inches wide. The lid hinged on the backside and the front side three panels had tuck ends each with a push in locking tab. The front half of the panels sported colorful "1970" style graphics and the remaining three panels would use the traditional "black", "blue" and "white" line art graphics. There are two variations of instruction sheets for the Star Seeker, earlier ones had a "black" and "white" quad-fold sheet while the later ones had a book or magazine style with stapled pages with color added! In fact this is the only variation of this toy I'm aware of.

DEALER CATALOG SPECS:
Standard pack of 1/2 doz. Wt: 15 lbs. per case.

VARIATIONS:
None

COMMENTS:
This vehicle is a hard find in undamaged condition. The canopy and the programming pegs are often broken. However, the basic mechanism is strudy enough, as most examples still function well.

ALSO INCLUDED IN:
The Star Seeker was also offered in another unique set #6386 Star Seeker Walk in Space Set with a Matt Mason figure included.

It was also advertised as being part of the Voyage to Galaxy III Set #6380 which was most likely never produced as it also was to include other items yet to surface, the Or and his Orbitor. See stock number #6356 for more info.

 

 

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