Keith Meyers, The Space Station!

Major Matt Mason History


Major Matt Mason w/helmet flare by Les Rayburn

C hristmas morning, 1967. Young boys all over America unwrapped packages and were transported to a whole new world. Major Matt Mason, Mattel’s Man in Space had arrived. The product line was a frequent holdiay gift during its short lifespan from 1967-1970. Most of us have vivid memories of the Space Crawler, Space Sled, or best of all, The Space Station.

In the first year, Mattel offered Major Matt Mason on a card, packaged with the JetPack and Space Sled. He was also available on the Moon Suit Card, which many recognized from a 1962 cover of Life Magazine. In fact, the early vehicles and suits for Matt Mason were all based on NASA prototypes. For many boys, this was an important element in making the toy so popular. We all dreamed of being astronaut heros and Major Matt Mason made it possible.

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