|This is an unusual "deluxe" verson of the Mattel #6340 Space Cannon, accompanied by three figures: Capt. Lazer, Sgt. Storm and Major Matt Mason. The box is rather large and spectactular with additional shots of the Space Cannon in Silver and White (as opposed to the actual Orange/Red and White plastic).
This set is unusual in that it contains so many figures, especially with the inclusion of Capt. Lazer, who fit the insert in a seated position, with his legs under cardboard "hooks." Another odd convention is the use of a normal carded Major Matt Mason as the insert for the figure, and later the use of the Sgt. Storm Flight Card as the insert for Sgt. Storm (earlier versions of this playset contained a plain white card with Jet Propulsion Pak only - see "Figure Blisters" below for an image).
Included were: Firebolt Space Cannon with rotating antenna and space labels; Major Matt Mason with helmet and cat trac; Sgt. Storm with helmet and Jet Propulsion Pak (and optionally a sled and space labels, depending on version); and Capt. Lazer with helmet, boot tredders and three gun attachments. Instructions for the Firebolt and Lazer were also included.
Firebolt Space Cannon Images:
Side 1 | Side 2 | Top | Bottom | Back | Three-Quarter
Capt Lazer Images:
Front | Back | Seated | Back Pack Detail | Head Detail
Light Up | Detail | Beacon | Wand | Shield
The box is made of corrugated cardboard printed on all sides (in black, white and blue ink), except two sides which have applied a full-color, process-printed label (front and bottom). The box measures 18" by 15" by 6". Copyright is 1967. The box reads: "Firebolt Space Cannon - Rotating Radar Antenna - Flashing Radar Screen - Barrel Blazes - Solar Sound! - Moves Forward - Turret Rotates 360°; "Capt. Lazer - Major Matt Mason's Friend From Outer Space - Superhuman Lazer Powers Power-Charged Arm Activates Cosmic Coder...Radiation Shield...Lazer Wand...Cosmic Beacon - Flashing Eye & Chest Beams - Movable Arms - Bendable Legs - Space Helmet & Space Tredders - Powered by Two "AA" Batteries (Not Included)" and also "Complete with Maj. Matt Mason, Sgt. Storm and Capt. Lazer."
Additional Box Images:
Front Detail | Top | Back | Ends | Bottom | Bottom Detail
Insert 1 | Insert 2 | Figure Blisters
Mattel #6340-0920 Firebolt Space Cannon: Front | Back
Mattel #6330-1180 Captain Lazer
Mattel Catalog Specifications:
(First appearance: Mattel Toys Fall 1968 "Toy Fair" Catalog Page 15)
New Firebolt Space Cannon Super Action Set #6341
A universe of Mattel space toys!
Complete with blazing FIREBOLT Space Cannon, Major MATT MASON and SGT. STORM, superhuman CAPT. LAZER plus lazer accessories, astronauts' Jet Propulsion Pak and Cat Trac!
Package: 18" x 15" x 6".
Std. Pack: 4/12 Doz.
Wt: 20 1/2 Lbs.
- The Box Art features a FireBolt with silver instead of red/orange plastic parts. Also, the stickers are different... it appears that Mattel made a last-minute change prior to the release of the vehicle.
- The Firebolt is alternatively referred to by Mattel as either a "Space Cannon" or "Space Lazer." Most later Mattel Catalog listings refer to it as "Space Lazer," which was also commonly used overseas.
- The figures within have been found in two different states: a Major Matt Mason cat trac card accompanied by either the white card shown above (holding a Sgt. Store plus Jet Propulsion Pak), or with a Sgt. Storm Flight Card, folded over and stapled to the insert.
- Mexican Caņon Espacial
- British Firebolt Space Lazer
This set ranks with the Astro Trac Missile Convoy, the Space Station Space Crawler Deluxe Action Set, and the Space Discovery Set as my favorites. This is really an incredible set when viewed in Old-Store-Stock condition. I'm still looking for mine!
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