|The Space Mission Team box set provided 4 figures to fill out your Man In Space collection. Offered in the later-style chip-box, the set displayed a wonderful image of 3 astronauts plus callisto against a rough, rocky background. The box graphics alone are worth the price of admission on this set. The box also sports some really nice painted cameo-type shots of the figures on the long-sides. I always enjoy Mattel painted artwork like this. I wonder what happened to the originals?
Included in this set are Major Matt Mason, Sgt Storm, Doug Davis and Callisto. Also found on the cardboard insert are the two-piece Space Sled and Lunar (Cat) Trac and sticker sheet. Callisto comes with his Sensor and bellows along with his own sticker sheet. The figures are individually bagged, as are the helmets. Both vehicles are fit into the insert into specific slots. I've only seen this set to contain black-strap astronauts, but I'm sure some variations exist. Either of the two Callisto boot variations have turned up in this set.
Because of the cheap cardboard construction of the box, this set is very difficult to find in mint to pristine condition. The end flaps were glued and usually ripped or cut. If the insert is missing, the box is most often found crushed.
The Box is full-color, process-printed and is 10" x 16" x 2 1/4" Copyright is 1968.
Astronaut Sticker Sheet:
Callisto Sticker Sheet:
Insert w/Contents | Insert w/Contents w | Insert CU | Insert CU2
Mattel Catalog Specifications:
This item has been offered since the Mattel Fall 1969 Catalog, Page 57.
New Space Mission Team #6337
Recruit center for Mattel's spacemen!
Major MATT MASON, JEFF LONG, and DOUG DAVIS are joined by outer space friend CALLISTO, new super-intellectual from Jupiter! Space Sensor, Space Sled, and Lunar Trac accompany astronauts.
Std. Pack: ½ Doz.
Wt: 21 Lbs.
I've heard from various collectors that there is a variation that contans Jeff Long. I'm not too sure about this, but I've included the information in case a set turns up. I can't imagine why Mattel would do two versions of the packaging, and which astronaut would be replaced, but who knows. Stranger variations have turned up in the past.
This is definitely one of the hardest sets to find in mint condition. Many of these sets turned up in liquidation toy stores in the early 70's, but most got into the hands of kids who played extensively with the figures. Occasionally a set with discount stickers shows up (I've seen large "Two Guys" stickers on several). Because you get some really bright graphics in a small space, it is one of the easiest and nicest sets to display. I thing this is a "Must Have" when it come's to Major Matt Mason collecting!
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