Mattel #6302 Astro Trac

6302 Astro Trac Box Front
The Astro Trac resembles a seated car, with a large fuel or oxygen tank above the back axle (the battery slipped into the tank and the vehicle was switched on by turning the tank cover). A control column comes up from the front and provides a pod for the astronaut to drive the vehicle. The large foam-rubber back tires provide plenty of grip. There is also a trailer hitch pin on the back, to aid in the pulling of items such as the Mobile Launch Pad.

MMM Astro Trac


The box is made of corrugated cardboard printed on all sides (in black, white and blue ink), except two sides which have an applied a full-color, process-printed label (top and front). The box measures 14 1/4" by 9" by 7". Copyright is 1967. The box reads: "Mighty, mobile planet explorer - Universal astro-foam traction wheels - Skims dust dunes - Climbs lunar rocks - Circles volcanic moon craters."

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Mattel #6302-0920 Astro Trac

Mattel Catalog Specifications:

(First appearance: Mattel Toys 1968 "Toy Fair" Catalog Page 15)

Rugged mobile explorer with astro-foam traction rear wheels!
Space designed for Major MATT MASON or SGT. STORM.

Battery-powered with front wheels that steer, space labels, instructions. 7" Long.
Std. Pack: 6/12 Doz.
Wt: 12 Lbs.


None Known

John's Notes:

What strikes me as most unusual about this vehicle is the stock number. Most MMM items were released in the relative order of their stock numbers (when items were released together during the same year, the numbers were mostly grouped together). The fact that the Astro Trac has such an early number suggest another explanation to me. I believe that Mattel originally intended to release the Space Rover as depicted on the cover of the 1967 Toyfair Catalog and in the Starlog Guide to Science Fiction Toys article. 

Since the stock number is so early, this supports my theory that the toy was intended for an earlier release, but required some more R&D before ultimately being changed to the released form.

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