Keith Meyers, The Space Station!

Major Matt Mason Flight Pak Accessories

 

Major Matt Mason w/helmet flare by Les Rayburn


Helmets

Helmet variations: The helmet , molded in "white" plastic with a moveable visor tinted a transparent "amber" color and a "black" band at the base. Earlier "black" neck bands were painted on. Later these were applied as a decal. There are two different helmet molds. One with a short neck below the ribs that contour the "black" neck band, the others have a longer or taller neck from the base to the "black" line. The taller helmet is the most common.

The Jet Propulsion Pak

The jet propulsion pak and the space sled are the most common of the first year accessories. These both came packaged in a wide array of carded paks and boxed sets.

The jet propulsion pak could be strapped to Major Matt Mason's back by a belt or used to operate the space sled. The jet pak operated by pulling a string that would actually lift the astronaut up in the sky, to crash into the space station or the bedroom ceiling whatever the destination. The jet pak is molded in a "silver/gray" plastic with an interior "black" wheel with a hypnotic like "red" swirl design that would rotate as the pak traveled along the "black" thread. It also had some "chromed" detail on the back. This would fasten to the astronauts back with a "blue" belt that would snap in place. Each end of the thread had "red" attachments. The upper one being a hook to fasten to the space station or mom's furniture, the lower would be what you would pull to operate the contraption. Of all the accessories this was perhaps the most fun to play with of the non- battery operated equipment.

The Space Sled

The space sled consists of two pieces molded in "white" plastic with "black" painted details. A decal sheet labels the sled with an American flag and headlights. Of the two pieces that make up the sled, the control column and the platform, there are two different mold variations of the control column. Earlier ones had handle bars that were smooth and thin, making them more fragile. These were later changed to a thicker bar with ribbed hand grips. The earlier ones are the most uncommon. The sled could be operated by attaching the jet pak to the platform with a guide for the control line under the control column. When the string is pulled the sled would carry the Major across the lunar surface.

COMMENTS:
All items included in this carded set are commonly found loose.

ALSO INCLUDED IN:
The jet propulsion pak and space sled (most always a combo) were also packaged in the following ways:

#6303 Major Matt Mason with Moon Suit - carded
#6310 Space Station / Space Crawler Deluxe Action Set-boxed
#6311 Space Crawler Action Set - boxed
#6317 Sgt. Storm Flight Pak - carded
#6336 Major Matt Mason and Space Power Suit - carded
#6341
Firebolt Space Cannon Super Action Set - boxed. This was the onlyset
          that just the jet pak without the sled would appear. However, later sets
          did include the sled even though it was not listed on the box label.

#6347 Space Travel pak - carded
#6353 Lunar Base Command Set - boxed

 

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