Here are a couple of notable May sales (June to follow in another post).
1966 MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE SHIP CASE NM
eBay Auction #370203460141
Ending Bid: $271.03
End Date: May-23-09 19:08:00 PDT
We just picked up a great collection of Major Matt Mason toys & figures. Most of the toys are in very good condition with all of their accessories. I will describe these a best I can but please look at the pictures and ask questions. We will combine shipping on multiple auctions & do ship worldwide.
1966 MATTEL MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE SHIP CASE NM, APPROX 19" TALL, VINYL IS BRIGHT & CLEAN, PLASTIC IS IN GREAT SHAPE NO CRACKS OR BREAKS. VERY BRIGHT & CLEAN. GOOD LUCK!
These Space Ship Cases are relatively common - the issue with them is their fragile nature - first they are made of a vinyl covered cardboard which deforms and splits along the edges. Next the vacuform plastic snaps off if bumped, so they often are missing the nose-knubs (or they are cracked), and it's rare to see one that has all four thrusters intact. Finally, the hinge of the door is usually split and the vacuform shelf/seat is often broken or missing. Clearly the market shows what this one is worth.
And from across the border comes....
MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE STATION CIPSA MEXICO BOX RARE
eBay Auction #290318705046
Ending Bid: $102.50
End Date: May-27-09 08:43:57 PDT
VERY VERY RARE AND HARD TO FIND!!!!!
ESTACION ESPACIAL DEL CAPITAN METEORO BY CIPSA MEXICO
SPACE STATION MANEFACTURED IN MEXICO IN THE SEVENTIES
((IN MEXICO MAJOR MATT MASON IS CAPTAIN METEORO))
100% ORIGINAL 100% COMPLETE
INCLUDES ORIGINAL COMPLETE SET OF LEBELS AND SMALL ACCESORIES AND ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIVE CARDBOARD INSERT
ALL ALL COMPLETE !!!!
SPACE CONTROL CENTER ** COMPLETE DEFENSE CENTER** CONVERTIBLE DOME COMPLETE
((THE SIX SOLAR PANELS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE AS WELL )) NOT BROKEN NOT HIT
INCLUDES SET ( 3 ) OF RARE LOCKING PINS FOR SEGURING COMMAND CENTER TO PLATFORM ARE ALSO PRESENT HAS MICROPHONE WATER FAUCET CHAIR
OVERALL SPACE STATION IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION AND COMPLETE
(( MINOR DETAIL THE CHAIR THIS HIT OF THE LEGS ))
PLEASE SEE THE PICTURES
THIS RARE MEXICAN SPACE STATION INCLUDES BOX ORIGINAL BY CIPSA MEXICO
ALLS LITHOS IN SPANISH WITH RARES PICTURES
THE INSTRUCTIVE IS ORIGINAL IN LENGUAGE SPANISH BY CIPSA
THE BOX IN REGULAR CONDITIONS
BUT IS ONE RARE PIECE FOR YOUR COLLECTION OF MATT MASON
THE BOX SAY IN THE FRONT
*** CAPITAN METEORO***en la conquista espacial
ESTACION ESPACIAL estrategica base nuclear del año2000 para defender el universo de los terribles ataques de scorpio .........by CIPSA MEXICO
TALL OF BOX APROX 18" x 15"
PLEASE SEE PICTURES
PRESERVE TAPE IN SOME PARTS OF THE UPPER COVER
SHE LOSES PART OF THE PRINTED UPON WITHDRAWING THE TAPE IN THOSE YEARS
THE EDGES OF THE BOX SOMETHING CARVED BY BADLY STORAGE AND USE THE LOWER COVER WITH SOME SPOTS
SHIPPING COST FROM UNITED STATES 21.00USD
SHIPPING COST FROM CANADA 25.00USD
SHIPPING COST FROM FRANCE OR ITALY 30.00
REST OF WOLD 35.00
I AM NOT EXPERT IN THIS TYPE OF TOY PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR DUBS OR QUESTIONS MANY THANKS FOR SEE
I'm very surprised that this one didn't go for much more. At first glance these Mexican version items look the same as the US/EU - however the similarities really stop at the mold. The plastics used were in general of different quality and hue, making for unusual variations. This particular auction was very desirable as the Estacion is pretty much intact (the black locking pins are almost always gone, just as the chrome ones are in the US/EU versions) and this is only the second or third set of instructions I've seen. Someone got a great deal on this - if the seller were in the US it would have gone for much, much more.
Another post for June to follow. John