Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Major Matt Mason (1966)

Major Matt Mason was a line of action figures created by Mattel. Mason was an astronaut who lived and worked on the Moon. When introduced in 1966, the figures were initially based on speculative design information found in Life Magazine, Air Force Magazine, Jane's, and other aviation and space based periodicals. Later the line transitioned into the more fantastical realms of the fantastical.

Just a fraction too young and born the wrong side of the Atlantic to have had the pleasure.  Would have loved them though.



  1. They were over here, pretty rare though, I had Sergeant Storm and the major, the moons suit too. Poor old Sergeant Storm had the wire snap in one of his limbs, his leg I think, probably after my rat bag sister abused him.

  2. Never saw them in any shops round our way - West Midlands. A friend of a friend had one but his dad was well travelled so always assumed he'd picked it up on one of his trips. I got my Micronauts a few years later and loved them to death instead.

  3. thanks for posting. major matt mason was a huge part of my childhood. i had several figures of mason himself. once the wires inside the rubber limbs broke it was pretty much over. i also had several members of his team. i had the space station + captain lazer + the alien callisto. i remember older kids getting our broken major matt mason figures and torturing them; often setting them ablaze. they would scream as mason melted and then they would laugh at the horror they had inflected upon us smaller kids. i never forgave them for doing that.

    1. I have similar memories of a much loved machine gun being drowned in a river by older kids just for the fun of torturing us. The toy gun never sounded quite the same again. Thanks for sharing your memories even if they are not all happy ones