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Here's what we've heard that's intriguing the Major's devotees. Reactions are welcome, and if you know another juicy one, then feel free to pass it along!
The Alien Base
It's not exactly clear where this rumour started, or what kind of base this is/was supposed to be. We suspect it originated with the first sightings of a Cipsa-made Space Station, which features Scorpio's image on the control panel stickers. Similarly, a Base Aliena is reported to have been available in Italy, but we haven't been able to substantiate this so far. Please refer to the Mexican and Italian sections of this site.
German MMM Halloween Suit
We have been contacted by two collectors in Germany about this, and even been sent some scanned photographs of a silver suit with white plastic helmet. Apparently there's a MMM logo on this suit, but this was nowhere to be seen in the pictures. Detail pictures of this logo were requested, but not forthcoming, which is why this item is now included here. (Entschuldigung Jungs - wir haetten gern diesen Anzug im deutschen Seiten aufgenommen, aber moechten doch zuerst mal die MMM Kennzeichen gesehen haben.)
Gulf Oil Promotional Figures
For a long time, there's been a lot of speculation on whether or not these actually existed. Gulf stations did at one time sell LEM paper model kits, so selling MMM seemed a logical extension.

However, there now is finally proof positive of the Gulf Card's existence. Check out the card under the Playsets Page.
Lunar Drilling Rig
According to one of the sources quoted on Richard Hallock's site, (see Virtual Vicki), the next accessory planned by Mattel for the MMM range would have been a Lunar Drilling Rig and possibly moulds for the Thingmaker (to make smaller scale MMM-like astronaut figures as an alternative to the soldier-making moulds). We currently do not have more details on these items, and would welcome any further information.
Talking Space Station
There have been several accounts of a Talking Space Station (a Space Station with a "talking module" similar to the Talking Command Console). John was actually shown what appeared to be a Mattel catalog with a photo and paragraph.

John says "I looked at it quickly because I thought I was going to buy it...I didn't want to appear too interested and drive the price up. The dealer ended up selling it to someone else for more money. Maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me? ...I haven't seen one since and no one else appears to have seen one either!"
New Matt Mason Toys by Mattel
A few members of our MMM internet discussion group have heard "from sources at Mattel" that the Matt Mason brand name may be used again for a new range of action figures, though different from the original astronaut toys.

There has also been speculation about (part of) the original MMM range possibly being re-issued as a collector's series - much like they've done with the first series of HotWheels. This rumour first started after a mysterious questionnaire had been posted on AOL, which included questions about whether the respondents would be interested in a re-issue, and at what kind of price level.

Since we wrote these pages, Mattel has introduced the Max Steel range. So perhaps they decided on a new name after all.

If indeed Mattel has plans in this direction, then this might explain why they recently issued a MMM 'trading card', the back of which was used to re-claim MMM and other names from the range as being Mattel trademarks. (This card is described in more detail in the Trading Cards Section of this site.)




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