||A Story about Major Matt Mason
by David Benz
Well, I'm 35, one of the young
ones on the list it seems! It is interesting to see that a lot of you are
37, 38, because I really feel like I caught the end of the Matt Mason craze.
My own figures (which my
mom packed away, God bless her) were all black strapped, including a Storm.
My older brother (a year older than me) and I only had the later accessories.
XRG-1, cat tracs, Space power suit. The early accessories (moon suit, rocket
launcher, space probe, etc.) I don't remember from my childhood at all, and
blue strap matts still look funny to me.
I think we got most of our
Matt stuff in Christmas of '70 and '71, maybe a few things as early as '69.
I do remember both my brother and I getting flight sets (now lost).
Which makes me wonder, did
they put black strap figures on the flight cards? Or had they discontinued
the flight cards at that point, and gone to cat tracs only? And then you had
to buy the flight pak if you wanted those accessories?
I only ask because I doubt
my Mom would have bought us flight paks in addition to carded figures on cat
tracs. It just doesn't seem something that a Mom would know to do, you know?
So, since I remember those items, maybe I did have a blue strap matt or storm
after all, they were just trashed and lost by my brother and I (we would only
have been four and five at that point) before we received the next round of
black straps which survived.
PS: After Matt I moved onto
adventure team GI JOE's! Yeah! I still have a bunch of those and actually
remember playing with those more than playing with my Matt's (probably because
I was a little bit older and so my memories are clearer). I was done with
Joe, however, by the time I turned ten or eleven, because I never bought any
Kung Fu Grip guys, which came out in '74. So, thankfully, I missed the indignation
of owning any muscle body Joe's, Atomic Man, Bulletman, etc. (although my
younger brother, five years my junior, had those... Loser!)
|Here is a picture of my modest, but much loved collection.
The Sergeant Storm on the power limbs, and the Matt on the space sled are mine from when I was a kid.
David is a member of the Major Matt Mason e-mail group and
regularly contributes to discussions about toys. He may be e-mailed here.
Find out about joining either of the Major Matt Mason e-mail groups here.
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