Mattel #6362 Talking Major Matt Mason

#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Box Front

One of the last Astronaut sets offered, the Talking Major Matt Mason was comprised an MMM figure accompanied by a string pulled "talking" toy, disguised as a flying backpack. The orange and silver plastic Voice Command Flight Pak would say various phrases as a figure was lowered via string (a similar arrangement to the Jet Propulsion Pak, but the talking action required the figure to be dropped instead of the back string pulled). Two legs extended from the Pak, giving the figure support while standing.

Included in this set are Major Matt Mason w/helmet and the Voice Command Flight Pak. Also included is a small sticker sheet and a warranty card for the talking mechanism (this "gold" warranty card appears to only be included in this set and Mattel #6378 Talking Flying Matt mason set). I've only seen this set to include a black-strap astronaut, and from the time-frame if its release, I'm not sure if any variations exist (other than foreign language versions).

Because of the cheap cardboard construction of the chip-box, this set is very difficult to find in mint to pristine condition. The end flaps were glued and usually ripped or cut, also the windowpane is often found ripped or missing. If the two insert pieces are missing, the box is most often found crushed. 

MMM Astronaut Major MATT MASON


The Box is full-color, process-printed and is 10" by 7 1/2" by 3 3/4" Copyright is 1969. The box reads: "Mattel's man in space with voice command flight pak! Talks-says many things!"

#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Box Detail
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Box Top
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Box Back
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Box Bottom
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Box Sides
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Box Insert
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Figure Detail
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Insert Back
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Warranty Card Front
#6362 Talking Major Matt Mason Warranty Card Back

Sticker Sheet:

Not available. The tiny sheet featured two number "3"s in colored circles.


Printed on the back of the box.

Mattel Catalog Specifications:

(First Appearance: Mattel Toys 1970 Spring Catalog page 11)

Famous spaceman with exclusive Voice Command Flight Pak. Says five things while "Flying on space cord." Removable VCF Pak may be used with all other Mattel astronauts as well.
Includes Major MATT MASON with helmet, Voice Command Flight Pak, decals, instructions.
Std. Pack: 1 Doz.
Wt: 10 Lbs.
See-thru package 10" x 3 ΕΎ" x 7 ˝"


Several foreign speaking variations have surfaced, including backpacks speaking German, Italian, Dutch and French but thus far I've only seen images of a couple of packages.

John's Notes:

Almost impossible to find intact, the box is almost always crushed. Seems many of these ended up on the close-out shelves of toy stores, but because of the weak nature of the chip-box, most are bashed-in and/or may have the two windowpanes missing. The voice mechanism did not hold up well with time... the culprit is a rubber o-ring that turns into goo then disintegrates. Without it, the backpack will not speak. 

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