|The Satellite Locker was another accessory case, much like a doll-case, created from vinyl-covered cardboard and vacuform plastic. As mentioned in other listings, Mattel acquired the Standard Plastics company sometime in the mid-60's, and used thier manufacturing facilities to create an assortment of cases (mostly for Barbie, but also for Hot Wheels, Liddle Kiddles and others), Wallets and the like. The Satellite Locker was similar to other cases Mattel produced, being a top-opening, compartmented box, featuring a clear vinyl window into one compartment (a cardboard insert with an image of Major Matt Mason stood here).
The case came un-boxed, with a stiff-paper hang-tag attached with a black string. The sides were made of vacuformed plastic, resembling rocker thrusters and fuel tanks. The front and back display interesting images of Major Matt Mason and Sgt Storm (note the red helmet on Storm - tons of speculation about colored helmets). A white plasic handle and metal clasp detailed the top/lid. Inside are three white compartments and the insert mentioned above.
Space Ship Case Images:
Sides | Back | Top View | Bottom View | Detail
Tag & Insert | Inside View
Was marketed loose with a hang-tag.
Mattel Catalog Specifications:
(First appearance: Mattel 1968 Toyfare Catalog page 17)
New Satellite Locker #6322
Clear, vinyl window showcases on of the three storage sections for Major MATT MASON, SGT. STORM and space gear. Washable and portable, 3-D side panels, plastic handle. 12" x 7 ½"
Std. Pack: 6/12 Doz.
Wt: 5 Lbs.
Unlike the Rocket Ship Case, this accessory is relatively common, but subject to the usual chemical "melts" when a figure is stored within (the clear vinyl is particularly succeptable, as are the side, vacuform pieces). The figure inserts appear to be more common than the hang-tags. Bill Ystrom has told me that he has seen a version that contained a 3-Dimensional version of the insert figure. There is also mention of a "deluxe" version of the Satellite Locker that contained a MMM figure in the 1968 Simpson-Sears Christmas Wishbook (as of yet, a Store-Stock example has not surfaced, but this may be related to the version Bill has seen).
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