|The Orbitor with Or is one of the mysterious "Holy grail's" of Major Matt Mason collecting. It does not appear to have ever been produced, even though it is listed as both part of 6356 Orbitor with Or and 6380 Voyage to Galaxy III Set in the 1970 Mattel Catalog. The images above and throughout this listing are scans taken from the 1970 Catalog.
Or appears to be a small articulated figure, rather bug-link in appearance, that would sit at a small console within the center of a rotating disk. Or was protected by a clear dome, and fired from a device that would spin and release as a child pulled a rope-attached handle.
Action Close Up | Box Close Up | Mechanism Detail
The box appears to have been done in mock-up only. A few sample boxes may exist, as the toy appears to have been shown at the 1970 Toy Fair. Intended box size was 12 1/2 by 5" by 22"
Mattel Catalog Specifications:
(First appearance: Mattel Toys 1970 Fall Catalog page 29)
New Orbitor #6356
Up… up it soars, whirling towards space adventure! Launch this unique space craft with a pull of the power cord - no batteries needed! OR, strange-shaped visitor from Orion, pilots the big 12" rotor from its central dome.
Hi-impact plastic and steel launcher. Space decals included.
Tuck end package with new 4-color label on 12 ˝ " x 5" x 22" package.
Std. Pack: 1/2 Doz.
Wt: 21 Lbs.
The Orbitor with Or is one of those mysteries that plague many toy lines...where is it and what ever happened to it? An equal number of collectors and toy dealers have claimed that the set either was or wasn't produced. I've personally seen no evidence that the set ever made it into actual production for distribution.
I've heard of people actually owning prototypes of the set, but so far I've never seen a packaged example. There are even price guides that list the Or, further perpetuating the myth that the playset was distributed. Mattel has no comment on this one.
Accessories also listed as part of:
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