|One of the initial release accessory paks available to Major Matt Mason since the toy line's inception, the Rocket Launch Pak is one of the most sought after. The Rocket Launch Pak featured one of the shooting platforms that Mattel put together for the Major Matt Mason line, which included the Rocket Launch Pak, the Satellite Launch Pak, and the Space Probe Pak. All these toys had the common elements of a flat, platform-like structure and a projectile that could be fired during play. These were also pictured as being attended by a figure, with some type of 1/12th scale control that a figure could manipulate. Eventually all three platforms, along with the Gamma Ray Gard, could be mounted on the Mobile Launch Pad, further expanding playability by providing mobility.
The Rocket Launch Pak appears as a tripod shapped triangular platform forming one acute angle. Mounted in this acute angle is a small barrel, which may be adjusted in elevation (up and down - to provide some distance aiming) upon which the red Rocket would mount. The Rocket is held by a clip attached to a lever, which may be attached to a string. When the string was pulled, the Rocket would shoot into the air. Since the Rocket could also be loaded with a Greenie Stik-M-Cap via a spring clip, the Rocket would provide a resounding "bang" on impact! The opposite, flat end of the triangle held a figure via boot clips, who stood in front of a control console (further enhancing the realism). The pak also came with a pair of chrome walkie talkies, a roto-jet gun (which was a knock-off on Mattel's earlier Lost In Space toy), and a chrome knife with sheath and belt (the belt is a shorter version of the Jet Propulsion Pak belt).
The card reads: "Launches Mighty Rockets by Remote Control! Pierces the Deepest Reaches of Darkest Space! Immediate or Distant Remote Control Firing!
The Rocket Launch Pak is an essential part of any loose collection. Any accessory that helped hold a figure, especially in the standing position, is welcome to most collectors. Any of the first three accessory "platform" toys are difficult to find carded, as they were part of the initial release and do not appear to have been available after 1968 except as warehouse stock.
The Card is full-color, process-printed and is 8 1/2" x 12" x 1 1/8" Copyright is 1966.
Mattel Catalog Specifications:
(First appearance: Mattel Toys Fall 1967 "Toy Fair" Catalog Page 96)
New Rocket Launch Pak #6305
Formidable defense weapon against any odds! Includes two-piece remote-control rocket launcher with control column and rocket that fires caps (not included) in immediate or in-flight action. Plus ROTO-JET™ GUN, pair of Walkie-Talkies, firing string, safe knife, sheath, belt and space labels.
Individual punched blister card, 8 ˝" x 12"
Each in Std. Pack: 1 Doz.
Wt: 3 Lbs
- German Rocket Launch Pak Card | Back
This was and still is a fairly difficult to find carded accessory in any package variation.
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