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.
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
#6303 Major Matt Mason with Moon Suit - carded
Station / Space Crawler Deluxe Action Set-boxed
Crawler Action Set - boxed
#6317 Sgt. Storm Flight Pak - carded
Matt Mason and Space Power Suit - carded
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.
Travel pak - carded
Base Command Set - boxed