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Major Matt by Rosebud Mattel

For the UK and other English-speaking European markets, it appears that Mattel utilized the acquisition of the British company Rosebud, known for their craft in dollmaking in the UK. There is some evidence (mostly anecdotal) that the initial release of MMM in the UK utilized US boxes (there is also evidence that the first run MMM stuff in Germany was also established using US boxes/versions, with German-specific releases to follow). I believe Mattel utilized Rosebud for the distribution, and perhaps for the actual packaging variation once some legal ramifications were worked out. Due to the change to "Major Matt" instead of the US version "Major Matt Mason" I can only presume that "Major Matt Mason" violated some copyright or other restriction that caused the name change.

Most of the British release of MMM items had some significant changes from the US: items were packaged and distributed by Rosebud Mattel (although they were apparently manufactured in Hong Honk as were the toys sold in the US), the name of the line was changed to "Major Matt" and names of some accessories and vehicles were altered. It also appears that the line was limited to the British market, as some of the playsets have not surfaced.
Shippam's Spreadables Ad
An interesting Shippam's Spreadables competition for an MMM Space Staton Space Crawler Super Action Set plus Sgt Storm!

Rosebud Space Bubble Space Bubble
The UK version of the Space Bubble had no real changes, other than the details on the box.

Firebolt Space Lazer Firebolt Space Lazer
The Firebolt Space Cannon was changed to Firebolt Space Lazer without any apparent changes to the vehicle itself. The box is printed in England; the instruction sheet as well.

french station box Station Spatiale
A French language version of the Space Station, included here because of the Rosebud Mattel box labels (French labels were applied over some of the English). For more info, please refer to the French & Canadian MMM Page.



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