|Another "suit" similar to the Moon Suit, the Space Power Suit concept was one of enhanced abilites providing additional protection from the "elements" while doing "Planet Work." The suit also give us an inkling of the direction Mattel was beginning to go, no longer limiting the astronauts to the Moon.The suit features a two-piece "capsule" - the top part comprised of a blue-tinted dome, which would come apart from the white base for astronaut insertion. The astronaut's legs would extend through a hole in the bottom. "Space Treadders" were mounted to the boots to provide additional stability.
The astronaut would work controls inside the suit to manipulate the "Power Claw" and "Power Hammer" - in reality controled by yellow-bellows worked by a child, sending compressed air through tubes. This compressed air would open the "Power Claw" (it was spring-loaded to close when no air is applies), and extend the "Power Hammer." The "Power Hammer" was another ingenious use of the mylar tube also used in the Gamma Ray-Gard. Air pushed through the tube of wrapped mylar would cause it to extend, pushing the hammer tip with it. Great effect!
The Package reads: "Portable Power Environment for Planet Work * Protective Vista-Dome wiht Micro-Electron Console! Remote Control Power Claw Samples Planet Crust * Telescoping Power Hammer!"
The Card is full-color, process-printed and is 8 1/2" x 12" x 2 5/8" Copyright is 1968. The primary image features Sgt Storm!
Mattel #6344-0920 Space Power Suit Pak (available in packaged playsets)
Mattel Catalog Specifications:
This item has been offered since the Mattel Spring 1969 Catalog Page 54
New Space Power Suit Pak #6344
Remote-control grasping Power Claw, and telescoping Power Hammer. Space insignia too!
Std. Pack: 1 Doz.
Wt: 6 Lbs.
- Chip Box: For some reason, Mattel switched the packaging of their accessory paks from the blister card to a chip-box. This was introduced in the spring of 1970 and continued until the end of the MMM run, with fewer accessories being warehoused in the carded variation. Mattel also went with a "mod" color scheme with most of their toy lines, perhaps to consolidate their brand presence as Barbie took a new, "mod" direction.
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I've always been rather fond of this accessory. You get a lot of bang for the buck, with the two seperate remote-controled actions of Claw and Hammer. Also, because of the thoughtful inclusion of the Boot Treaders, a figure displays very well, requiring no additional "hand" to prop the figure upright.
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