Major Matt Mason -The Motion Picture

For those of you who were fortunate to be a child in the 1960s during the great heyday of the Space Race, chances are you spent most of your time playing with Space toys. Lots of space related toys started popping up all over the place in the late 60s. Leading the pack, and my all time favourite, was a courageous and intrepid astronaut by the name of Major Matt Mason. I still have many fond childhood memories of joining Major Matt and his other action figure buddies in the exploration of the mysterious lunar landscape of my living room floor.

Major Matt Mason will always be for me the quintessential hero of the space age. The astronaut who led the charge forward as humanity blazed a trial forward in its conquest of space. If you are part of the forty something set and a member of the Major Matt Mason generation you will be happy to hear that Universal Pictures is bringing the good Major to life in all his glory to the silver screen.

And, who will be playing the bold and courageous Major? Why that quintessential astronaut of the silver screen and long time fan of the great Major – Tom Hanks.

According to Variety, the toy line originated in 1966; Mason led an astronaut team that worked on the moon and lived in a space station. The toy was a hit in the buildup to the first manned moon mission. Mattel retired the line in the 1970s.

When Mattel execs Tim Kilpin and Barry Waldo came to Playtone for a meeting, they brought an arsenal of the Matt Mason figures. Hanks came armed with his own.

To paraphrase the closing line of the following Major Matt Mason commercial, I wonder how far this major motion picture will go. With all the current planning and discussion of returning to the Moon, establishing a Lunar Base, manned missions to the Asteroids, and pressing on to Mars, isn’t it only fitting that the good Major lead the charge in the conquest of these worlds himself?


2 Responses to “Major Matt Mason -The Motion Picture”

  1. 1 Joe King March 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I’m having deja vu.The first time I brought up the concept of a new MMM toyline in 1985, Kilpin was a copyrighter at Mattel.When I brought in my graphic novel MEN FROM EARTH in 1991 he was a product manager.When I brought Paramount Pictures’ live-action movie deal to the table in 1996 he wasn’t even there anymore.Today he’s an exec and has a great new idea?Classic.Joe

  2. 2 Robert A Vollrath June 9, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Wow, a great post and a comment from Joe King.

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