Mattel #6304 Space Crawler

#6304 Space Crawler Box Front

The Space Crawler was and still is one of those "must have" toys and was featured prominently in Mattel advertising from the period.

MMM Space Crawler


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 1/8" by 9" by 9". Copyright is 1966. The box reads: "Nothing Stops It - Unlimited Power! - Crawls Over Craters..Rocks...Deep Crevices...Pads Over Moon Dust - Always Lands on its Feet! - Powerful Rotating Hoister & Winch - Adapted From Official Space Program Design"

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Mattel #6304-0920 Space Crawler

Mattel Catalog Specifications:

(First appearance: Mattel 1967 "Toy Fair" Catalog Page 95 **note that the Crawler originally had a "four-color wall poster" as an accessory, abandoned in actual production).
Unlimited Power!
Nothing stops it!
Powerful winch and hoister
Crawls over anything!
Always lands on its feet!

When the going gets rough, Major MATT MASON rides across troublesome terrain and dangerous crevices in his all-purpose vehicle, the SPACE CRAWLER!

Adapted from official space program designs, the mighty transportation unit features eight rotating legs with curved power pads, so it always rights itself!

Major MATT MASON uses his SPACE CRAWLER as a winch to haul material and as a hoist to raise and lower supplies. Turned on its side, the masterful machine rotates whenever its heavy-duty hook touches the tail boom. Forward, neutral, raising and lowering accomplished by unique gear shift. Instructions, four-color wall poster and catalog included. Battery-powered (2 "D" batteries not included).

Package size, 14" x 9" x 9".
Std. Pack: 6/12 Doz.
Wt: 14 ½ Lbs.
Major MATT MASON not included.


  • Oil Hole: The Crawler may be found with or without the lubricating hole on the bottom (with appears to be more common)
  • Mattel Canada: Véhicule Lunaire 
  • Jouets Rationnels (French): Le Véhicule Lunaire
  • Mattel GmbH (German): Weltraum-Spinne

John's Notes:

This is indeed my favorite vehicle of all time, for any toy line. I vividly remember the TV commercials for Major Matt Mason, and how "spooky-spacey" the Crawler looked. I immediately wanted one, and only had to wait 36 years before finally acquiring one in a boxed Space Crawler Deluxe Action Set (paid $50 for loose contents in a decent box - which I still own). There's nothing quite like the Crawler, though it was copied by Eldon for Billy Blastoff and others. I like to have several of them around as conversation pieces.

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