|One of the last Astronaut sets offered, the Talking Major Matt Mason was actually an MMM figure accompanied by a string pulled "talking" toy, disguised as a flying backpack. The orange and silver plastic Voice Command Flight Pak would say various phrases as a figure was lowered via string (a similar arrangement to the Jet Propulsion Pak, but the talking action required the figure to be dropped instead of the back string pulled). Two legs extended from the Pak, giving the figure support while standing.
Included in this set are Major Matt Mason w/helmet and Voice Command Flight Pak. Also included is a small sticker sheet and a warranty card for the talking mechanism. I've only seen this set to include a black-strap astronaut, and from the time-frame if it's release, I'm not sure if any variations exist.
Because of the cheap cardboard construction of the chip-box, this set is very difficult to find in mint to pristine condition. The end flaps were glued and usually ripped or cut, also the celo is often found ripped or missing.. If the two insert pieces are missing, the box is most often found crushed.
The Box is full-color, process-printed and is 10" by 7 1/2" by 3 3/4" Copyright is 1969. The box reads: "Mattel's man in space with voice command flight pak! Talks-says many things!"
Box Front | Box Back | Box Side | Box Top | Box Bottom | Box Detail
Box Insert Front | Box Insert Back | Box Contents Detail
Warranty Card Front | Warranty Card Back
Talking Major Matt Mason Sticker Sheet:
Not available. The tiny sheet featured two number "3"s in colored circles.
Printed on the back of the box.
Mattel Catalog Specifications:
This item has been offered since the Mattel Spring 1970 Catalog, Page 11.
New Talking Major MATT MASON #6362
Famous spaceman with exclusive Voice Command Flight Pak. Says five things while "Flying on space cord." Removable VCF Pak may be used with all other Mattel astronauts as well.
Includes Major MATT MASON with helmet, Voice Command Flight Pak, decals, instructions.
Std. Pack: 1 Doz.
Wt: 10 Lbs.
See-thru package 10" x 3 ¾" x 7 ½"
Several foreign speaking variations have surfaced, including paks speaking German, Italian and French.
Almost impossible to find intact, the box is almost always crushed. Seems many of these ended up on the close-out shelves of toystores, but because of the weak nature of the chip-box, most are bashed-in and/or may have the two celo windows missing. The voice mechanism did not hold up well with time... the culprit is a rubber o-ring that turns into goo then disentegrates. Without it, the pak will not speak.
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