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Capitan Meteoro by Cipsa of Mexico

Cipsa Logo
It would appear that Cipsa of Mexico received moulds for the Major Matt Mason toy line some time after Mattel ended the line in the United States. CIPSA stands for Compagnia Industrial de Plasticos S.A. Address: Lago Texcoco No.112 - Col. Anahuac - Mexico 17, D.F. (off the guarantee text on the instructions). The most outstanding feature of the Capitan Meteoro line is the white rubber moulded MMM and the unusual, almost clear green used in Callisto's body (Called Cripton by Cipsa). Also, both Scorpio and Cripton are listed as enemies of Capitan Meteoro "en la Batalla Cosmica." Paul and I believe the figures shown on most box art to be 'prototypes', eg repainted US Storm figures. They show a lot more detail on their suits than any of the figures that have come to light so far.

Capitan Meteoro appears to be a white rubber Sgt Storm with red straps/belts and white boots (I've also seen a photo of a yellow rubber Sgt Storm with blue boots...this may be the "Atomo" variation that came with a sled and jet propulsion pak rather than a cat trac). His bellows are unpainted and in one picture he has on a silver helmet and black boots. Two of the vehicles available are the Camara Antigravedad and the Canon Espacial. Cripton is described as: "Junto con Scorpio tienen la mision de destruir al intrepido Capitan Meteoro." There was also an "Estación Espacial" released that varied from the US version. The panels are a brighter shade of clear blue, the girders are darker red and the beacon is moulded in white plastic with 6 fins instead of black with 3 fins (apparently the mold was altered, probably for the Moonbase Alpha playset that came out around the same time). The sticker sheet varied from the US version, having different colors and an image of Scorpio on the monitor instead of MMM (the rumors of an Alien Station may have been started from copies of this decal sheet which are floating around). (These images were taken from the back of Cripton's box.)


Capitan Meteoro logo


Cipsa Playsets

To the Extensor de Poder Page

Art. 4920 Extensor de Poder
Extensor de Poder was the Cipsa version of the Supernaut Power Limbs. Click here or on the box image to the left for more details.

To the Scorpio Page Art. 4926 Scorpio el Tirano!
The Mexican release of Scorpio puts a full-size photo of him in a brilliant colored fuscial and pink box. Cipsa decided to make Scorpio and Callisto (called Cripton) the villains of the toy line, thus Scorpio is called "The Tyrant" Click here to or the image to the left to go to the Scorpio Page.

Meteoro Box from Frank May Art. 4927 Capitan Meteoro
An interesting re-creation of Major Matt Mason (or perhaps Sgt Storm), Capitan Meteoro is the hero of Mexico's space saga. Made from a stiffer, white rubber with red painted details and silver boots and helmet, the figure is otherwise indistiguishable from a Sgt Storm figure, even sporting the Mattel Patents on his back. Apparently Cipsa had the actual Mattel molds to produce their version of the toy line. The box shows a more true-to-life figure of Capitan Meteoro, unlike other boxes which show US-made versions of each toy. However, the figure shown is still a US-made version of Sgt Storm, but repainted to portray Capitan Meteoro. It shows handpainted details that are not included on any real figure we have seen. Click on the thumbnail at left for a close-up. Photo provided by MMM-buddy Frank May.

To the Capsula Cosmica Page Art. 4928 Capsula Cosmica
A rehash of the Space Power Suit, Capsula Cosmica appears on the colorful box front. It shows Capitan Meteoro in more detail inside the suit. Click here or on the box image to the left for more details.

To the Camara Antigravedad Page Art. 4953 Camara Antigravedad
The Cipsa version of the Unitred and Space Bubble...interesting color variations of the vehicles. Click here or on the box image to the left for more details.

To the Canon Espacial Page Art. 4955 Cañon Espacial
Cipsa comes through again with a great color variation of the Firebolt Space Canon. Click here or on the box image to the left for more details.

To the Cripton Page Art. 4993 Cripton
A rehash of Callisto, Cripton appears on the colorful box front painted like the US release, including purple sensor and pump. Inside the box, however (loose with no inserts and Spanish instruction sheet), the figure differs in that it is moulded in a semi-translucent green with bright blue boots and very little painted details. Click here to or the image to the left to go to the Cripton Page.

To the Estacion Espacial Page Art. 4952 Estación Espacial
The Space Station itself! More great color variations and odd detailing. Click here or on the box image to the left for more details.

Art. 49? Selenium
I don't know much about this vehicle, other than that it exists and that it was produced as part of the Capitan Meteoro line in South America. I originally thought from the descriptions my Mexican friends had given me, that this vehicle was the Star Seeker. Now I know it to be a Bump-and-Go vehicle that suspends a small ping pong-like ball above compressed air. The images are from an eBay auction. Box Side | Box Side Close Up





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