Major Matt Mason and the Space Station – The 70s Greatest Toy Ever

Merry Christmas!

And this being Christmas Day, what better day to discuss the greatest 70s toy I ever owned, Major Matt Mason and the Man in Space – Space Station.

My parents gave me this Christmas present probably when I was in first grade. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how long I played with. After my Matt Mason figures broke (the wires inside would snap off and come thru the bodies) I was still using this space station with the Star Wars characters which would have been around 1979. I would guess the Space Station was in commission for at least 10 years.

Major Matt Mason - The greatest gift of all time
Major Matt Mason – The greatest gift of all time

Yes..  this is actually me opening up the greatest Christmas gift of all time.
(Sadly, I think my Mom still has this wrapping paper in the closet!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA1Cvx-XyTs

Aside from the Matt Mason figures, the toy line was very durable. I did manage to break one of the clear blue shields, but I figured out an ingenious way to fix that problem. (Well ingenious to me as a child.)

I cut out a cardboard shape similar to the shape of the blue shield and wrapped the cardboard in tin foil. I then cut out the same shape, just a tad smaller,¬† from black construction paper and attached it to the tin foil. The final step was to cut out pictures of “x-wings” and “tie fighters” from the Sears Christmas Wish book and pasting them to the construction paper. With the help of some white chalk to make stars… voila!, instant viewing screen for the space station.

My wife bought me one of these recently for Christmas still in the box from Ebay. It isn’t complete, but I will complete it shortly. I am missing three of the orange girders and one of the blue shields, but it was still a great trip down memory lane looking thru all the parts and remembering how much fun I had. Though I have to admit… the box seemed a lot bigger when I was a child.

JeffX99

Wow! Great blog – huge MMM fan and I’ve “re-collected” much of what I had as a kid. I didn’t have the programmable space-pd tracker thing. I think it was “programmed” by inserting different disks in the bottom that probably altered the path of pins/cogs that steered the thing.

Thanks for the memories though! (and just as a top secret aside…I doubt it will ever come out but a certain A list star is a huge MMM fan and was in development on a MMM film – pretty sure it’s shelved now though).

Later!

Jeff

WebDebris

Are we talking about Tom Hanks? I have seen a lot of buzz about him and Matt Mason. My collection is still really small, just the space station (which is incomplete) but I will get there soon. Keeping my eye on all of the online auctions.

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