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This memory was added on: November 26, 2008
Although born in early 1963, I was still aware of the growing space race before the end of the decade, and embraced it by wishing for just about every space toy on the market at the time! My parents were wonderful people, and with little fanfare in the late 60's I received the best space toy ever, Major Matt Mason. From what I can recall, it was the black-strap version complete with the usual accessories. This was followed Christmas' later with Sgt. Storm, Callisto, the Unitread with Space Bubble, the Astro-Trac with foam wheels, and my favourite accessory, the Moon suit. If I did have any other Mason gear the years have wiped them from my memory. Like some future collectors though, all my figures and accessories went for mere pennies in a garage sale in 1980 when my parents, siblings and I moved from my childhood home. At 17 years old, I could care less about any toys I may have once cherished. After all, there were girls and cars to contend with.
Now I see the same items on e-bay for sometimes ridiculous amounts of cash, especially the MOC items. I still find myself getting close to bidding on a Matt figure in good shape just to have to display in my recording studio, but like my wife says, "it won't mean anything since it wasn't yours". True, to a degree. But I can still be reminded of what at least was a more innocent and less complicated time (at least for a child anyway), when anything was possible, and man was flying to the Moon.
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This memory was added on: November 26, 2008
I was around 8 years old when I got my first MMM, that would have been the first set with Matt, rocket pack, sled and moon suit. I hadn't enjoyed playing with a toy as much as when I got first got Captain Action. It wasn't long after that I grabbed up Sgt. Storm on his space trac, and bought an additional Matt on the trac. For Christmas that year I got the Thunderbolt Space Cannon with Capt. Laser from Sears, and the next year received the space crawler with its space bubble and three rocket/probe decks along with the yellow and blue companions. I think the Blue African-American was named Jeff Long. Those were great times with the first moon landing and space being such a big part of American life back then.
This memory was added on: November 26, 2008
My brother Michael and I were great fans of Major Matt Mason -- although my favorite was the guy in red with the blonde crewcut, Sgt. Storm. There was also another guy in a dayglo orange suit (I think his name was Doug Davis or something like that), but we always made fun of his wavy hairstyle (I mean Major Mason and Sgt. Storm had that military look, but the orange guy looked like he just didn't belong in space). He was the "red shirt" in all our adventures (a la Star Trek), and always seemed to be eaten by the alien or decapitated by some horrible accident. He met his end in the Great Volcano Episode, when we buried him in (cold) ashes from the fireplace, and added water to it. All his paint peeled off and he kind of melted and stayed kind of sticky, and we threw him away (it was a burial with honor).
The green-headed guy was named Kalesto. It must have come out in the late 60's, right around the time of the moon landing in '69. My mom was trying to find it while we were vacationing in Ohio, and everyone just looked at her like she was crazy when she asked them, "Do you have a Kalesto?" I remember he had this veiny white crease on the top of his head -- they made a point of showing it on the commercials. There was another alien released a year or so later who was pink and purple, had sunction cup hands and feet, and a face that looked kind of like something out of a Dr. Seuss story, named Scorpio. Not a big seller, I think. We had the roll-out adventure mat of the moon, complete with the snap-on craters, and the big blue bubble that you could hook onto the back of the moon vehicle.
Wow ... Hot Wheels, Bing Bang Boing and Major Matt Mason. I've enjoyed the trip down memory lane. I wish the toys out now were as cool as the ones I grew up with. Everything how has a movie, TV show or video game to provide the backstory and adventures; back then, we made up our own adventures, and they were more inventive and complex than anything out today.
This memory was added on: October 7, 2008
As A GIRL, born 1963, I l-o-v-e-d Major Matt Mason. He, & all of his stuff, belonged to my elder brother, born 1961. I didn't play much with the accessories, but I played the heck out of MMM every chance I could get him in my hands. He made the 'best', & perfectly-sized boyfriend for my Rock Flowers dolls. The line of Rock Flowers had, I think two, different guys to choose from, but my one guy ALWAYS got thrown over for MMM. Just imagine, AN ASTRONAUT for a boyfriend, ohhhh it was grand. And when I 'was' able to sneak him off & get him in my hands, what was better than his squishy, ripply self? And the helmet, too wonderful, & his cutie boots that would clack-clack together when moving him around were great too.
I remember how dingy his white parts would get, & how I would always sponge him off nice & clean before inviting him to play with my dolls. I'm sure my brother never knew why his MMM would show up with a clean body from time to time. And my-oh-my was he handsome! It wasn't until last year whilst reading around about him a bit that I learned he was named after the "Matt" in Matt-el. How cool. Ah, just wanted all you fine fellows to know Mr. Mason was 'never' without lots of pretty girlfriends. He was definitely SWOONED OVER.
This memory was added on: August 23, 2008
In the grocery store with my Mom back in 1967 and there hanging from the spinning toy rack was this cool white rubber astronaut with a helmet and a space sled! Talked my mother into paying the $2.50 and for Christmas got the Space Station and Crawler, too! Down the road Sgt. Storm and the rest of the gang and accessories. Can still remember that low purple glow of the space station beacon every Christmas under the tree with the lights out. Thanks to Ebay got em all back with my originals found in my Mom's attic, including Callisto with the green head I punctured like a voodoo doll with a straight pin about 100 times [savage!]. Seen other MMM's on Ebay with burns and scrapes so I wasn't the only monster I guess! Never be the same.
Gary born 1957
This memory was added on: July 6, 2008
I was born in 1964. Growing up in this era, Christmas was a huge event of wonder. Toys were there to stimulate your imagination, not feed it like a modern video game.
One of my favorites was Major Matt Mason. He was a little smaller than G.I Joe, but unlike Joe, Mason was an Astronaut, and nothing was cooler than that! He came with a space station, a Gemini Capsule, moon sleds, and even had a green skinned alien nemesis!
Luckily my friends also got parts of the collection so that when we met we had almost the entire world of supplemental things for Mason & company..
A word of caution for anyone out there under 15 reading this: Hide your toys kids. You'll get tired of them for a little while and that's when Mom and Dad will clean them away. But a day will come when you will remember them like the old friends they are. you'll be glad if they're still there.
"The difference between Fiction and Reality is that Fiction must be Plausible."
This memory was added on: January 11, 2008
Oh my God. Here it is Christmas 2007 and I just happened to stumble on this website because I wanted to see if anyone else remembered Super Toe because I bought one for my nephew who is 6 and one for myself (because I couldn't resist).
Anyways, then I see everyone else's comment about the Six Million Dollar Man figure (which I had) and then Mego Batman (which I had too), but I was having trouble remembering who this MMM figure was..until I decided to take a peek and the photo you put up there!
So this was the poor astronaut I had when I was 9 and 10 years old who was always getting beaten up by Steve Austin (who was always the biggest bully), and the Mego Batman! I never had a name for him and I never really knew how I ended up with him. Obviously, I had no idea until now what his name was or what the deal was with him.
It's funny because I really didn't have that many toys growing up but it seems that the few I did have are ALL the ones that are on this website. This really brings back memories for someone who will be turning 40 in early January, but still remembers what it felt like being ten years old in the fifth grade in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978 when the Red Sox and the Yankees' Bucky Dent broke my heart for the first time!
AV3 - 1968
This memory was added on: May 2, 2007
All I remember was that most of the dudes in my class had MMM, Storm, Davis, and Long with all the accessories because their parents were loaded. My parents were scraping by but they got me MMM until it was used and abused. Then, they'd buy me another one with maybe a couple of other goodies (jet pack and space sled). I wasn't deprived but I surely wanted more. Hell...I even got high smelling the new ones! I also remember that the kids that had all the stuff always hogged them and never let me play with them....the PUNKS! Anyways, it was the greatest toy of my entire childhood. GI Joe....pffft....as IF!
This memory was added on: March 21, 2007
Yah, Matt was pretty cool. I remember a yellow Matt, and a blue one I believe. No female astronauts, though. I guess that was a bummer for Matt but just as well for my brother and I who didn't want to see any sissy astronauts join the mission. It was bad enough some relative had the bad taste to try to add a Kent doll look a like to my brother's collection. It was the brunt of jokes for quite a long while. His name was Georgie boy and my Dad and I would bug him with our version of the Seekers song,
"Hey there! Georgie BOY Swinging down the street so fancy free, nobody you meet could ever see the loneliness there inside you.
Hey there! Georgie BOY why do all the boys just pass you by? Could it be you just don't try, or is it the clothes you wear? You're always window shopping but never stopping to buy. So shed those dowdy feathers and fly a little bit. ...."
It would kill him, but honestly what a cruel and tasteless gift for a boy!! Oh well, I don't think my brother suffers any emotional wounds, he is a 6' 3" 230 lb bearded biker and laughs about the recollection with the rest of us now.
This memory was added on: March 18, 2007
I had a MMM and it was great. My next door neighbor had one too. For Hanukkah, he got a space crawler. I was so psyched! I went over to play with it. We let it go down the hallway...about ten feet, and he turns it off. I said, "what's going on?" He said, "I don't want to waste the batteries." Everytime I went over to play MMM, he did the same thing.
This memory was added on: February 15, 2007
When I was a kid in Cortez, Colorado, one of my friends was moving. His mother had told him to get out of her hair, so he came over to my house with the greatest toy I had ever seen. It was this astronaut figure in a plane that really flew! We played all day with that thing, and I never thought to ask him the name of the toy. When I went the next day to ask him, they had moved. From time to time for the next thirty years, I would describe this toy to my friends, hoping that they would know what it was. No one knew, until I was working in Redmond, Washington and happened to ask a coworker. "Of course", He said, "That was Major Matt Mason. I just got rid of about eight pounds of that stuff. I wish I had known you were interested." Now I had a name, and the internet. I eventually told my sister and her boyfriend, who own a collectables business on Ebay named "Goshwow". I asked that if they ever ran across one, let me know and I'll buy it from them. This was years ago, and last Christmas, what to my wondering eyes did appear under the tree, but a Major Matt Mason figure (He's not a doll!). It was the greatest gift (other than when my wife said "Yes") that I had ever recieved.
This memory was added on: February 4, 2007
Lots of great memories of playing with Major Matt Mason and Sergeant Storm as kids with my brothers. Riding them on the Rocket Sled or flying them on a string across the room wearing their Flight Suit -- magic.
This memory was added on: February 2, 2007
I can only echo the thoughts of so many others here. MMM was my favorite toy. I had several of the figures and a few of the machines, most notably the Crawler. Was that ever great. The hard shell space suit was cool too. And the flying backpack. My brothers and I also had Zeroid robots which - while not part of the MMM line - were just about the coolest toys imaginable and great companion pieces to MMM. Could there ever have been a better time to be a boy than the late-60's/early-70's? The toys were just awesome. There is just so much now. Kids are buried in toys. Do any stand out as special the way those 60's toys did? For one thing, in those days, you got toys only at Xmas (well maybe not everyone but that's the way many people I know recall it). The fact was toys were simply unobtainable in some stores until Xmas. Some didn't even open their toy departments until December. MMM, Zeroids, Hot Wheels, Thunderbirds . . . great toys. I remember the hours spent with my brothers and friends racing Hot Wheels and exploring snow drifts and summmer backyards on space missions with MMM. What a great toy to have at that point in time - the Apollo era. What a great time to be a boy. I have none of them now. All given away long, long ago. I wish I had kept just one or two of my MMM items, a few Hot Wheels and my Zeroid. Sigh. And to think of what those things are worth now! Of course, mine were well loved so they would not fetch high prices. Even so, I wouldn't sell them if I could have them back. Ah well, time to get back to reality.
This memory was added on: December 23, 2006
I had, for some reason, lost the memory of MMM over time....but now at 47 I find myself the father of a 1 year old boy and remembering all the great toys I had growing up.....looking over this and some of the MMM web sites I can remember now having most of the various sets, and also of the time I spent playing with the space station , esp at night w/the beacon going ! Can't beleive it has been so long......I may try to build up a few pieces but it would be hard not to play with them as my son gets older !
This memory was added on: November 23, 2006
A friend of mine, Patrick Stone, and I both got Space Crawlers for Xmas, '66 or '67. I lived by a hospital and in the winter they'd plow the parking lot and the snow piles would be really high where they piled up the plowed snow, probably 12 ft or so. We'd take the space crawlers up to the top of the piles and let them go down. They rarely got stuck and it was remarkable how well they worked. The motors were strong and survived lots of frozen Nova Scotia winter temperatures and snow. We weren't kind to them and they took all the abuse we could think up. We never used them with the Major Matt Mason characters in them when we did them in the snow as they'd fall out all the time. I wouldn't be surprised if Nasa uses the "wheel" confguration sometimes as it worked really well!
This memory was added on: November 3, 2006
Like most boys growing up in the late 60s I wanted to be an astronaut, and Matt Mason was clearly my toy of choice. I only had a few pieces of the set...Matt, Sgt Storm, Doug Davis, (though, I didn't ever know the names of the red or yellow astronauts as a boy...my mom always removed them from the packages and set them out on Christmas morning)space crawler and bubble, and maybe one other item. Sadly, my love affair with the Major ended tragically in the summer of 1970. I had been playing with my entire collection next to the large creek that passed near our home when my mother called me to dinner. I left my toys, and that night there was a HUGE storm. I went down in the morning to find all of my toys washed away. I was devastated. I searched for them for weeks but found nothing. They were never replaced, but in recent years I've picked up a few things from Ebay. Sigh.