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Major Matt Mason Newsletter Issue #1 4/15/99






Featuring a whole product list and a detailed description of recent packaged fakes!

To contribute to the Major Matt Mason i-zine or to subscribe to it bi-weekly via e-mail, please contact the editor, Alec Peters.

Welcome to the first issue of the Major Matt Mason newsletter! This
newsletter is going out to over 400 Major Matt Mason collectors via e-mail.
This will be a bi-weekly newsletter, and everyone is invited to contribute.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Editor's notes
2. Matt Mason Product List
3. Hot MMM web sites
4. Matt Mason E-mail list
5. MMM Fakes!
6. MMM display cases!
7. Up for bid
8. Coming attractions


EDITOR'S NOTES

First, let me introduce my self. My name is Alec Peters. I have been
collecting Matt Mason for just over two years. In that time I have not only
built a very nice collection, but I have met some wonderful people in the
hobby. Some of them include, Mark Stuart, John Eaton, Matt Scruggs, Ray
Kolasa and others. I am currently working on a MMM book, and am marketing a
line of display cases for MMM items. I am always available for questions
from anyone, which I answer or seek of the sage wisdom of Mark or John. I
often have MMM items for sale on ebay and am always happy to help you in your
search!

The newsletter is meant for everyone, and I encourage people to e-mail me
with suggestions or items they would like included. I especially want all
the old, crusty MMM collectors to share their knowledge on specific items.
Please contribute!


MAJOR MATT MASON PRODUCT LIST

Below is a Major Matt Mason Product List. This list has every Major Matt
mason item ever produced by Mattel or its licensees. I hope this helps in
your search!

Carded Items

Major Matt Mason with Cat Trac
Sgt. Storm with Cat Trac
Jeff Long with Cat Trac
Doug Davis with Cat Trac
Callisto
Major Matt Mason Flight Pak
Sgt. Storm Flight Pak
Major Matt Mason with Moon Suit
Major Matt Mason and Space Power Suit
Reconojet Pak
Space Shelter Pak
Gamma-Ray Gard Pak
Supernaut Power Limbs Pak
Space Power Suit Pak
Moon Suit Pak
Space Travel Pak
Rocket Launch Pak
Satellite Launch Pak
Space Probe Pak
Mobile Launch Pad

Vehicles

Astro Trac
Space Crawler
Space Bubble
Uni-Tred Space Hauler
Uni-Tred and Space Bubble
Firebolt Space Cannon
Star Seeker
Star Seeker Walk in Space Set
XRG-1 Reentry Glider
XRG-1 Reentry Glider with Major Matt Mason
Space Station

Deluxe Sets

Space Crawler Action Set
Space Station Space Crawler Deluxe Action Set
Firebolt Action Set
Firebolt Space Cannon Super Action Set
Lunar Base Command Set
Space Discovery Set
Space Mission Team
Astro Trac Missile Convoy Set
Major Matt Mason Super Power Equipment Set
Astro Trac Gift Set
Talking Matt Mason with XRG-1 Reentry Glider

Accessories

Talking Command Console
Space Ship Case
Satellite Locker


Other Figures


Talking Major Matt Mason
Captain Lazer
Scorpio

Astronaut Boxed Space Center Exclusives

Matt Mason in box
Sgt. Storm in box
Doug Davis in box
Jeff Long in box


Western Publishing Company

Major Matt Mason Coloring Book
Major Matt Mason Pressout Book
Major Matt Mason "Moon Mission" Big Little Book
Major Matt Mason Frame-Tray Puzzle
Major Matt Mason Boxed Round Puzzle

Misc.

Major Matt Mason 3-Ring Vinyl Notebook Binder
Major Matt Mason Major Matt Mason Wallet
Major Matt Mason Space Diner Lunch Box
Major Matt Mason Space Exploration Game
Major Matt Mason Wallpaper
Major Matt Mason Collegeville Halloween Costume
Mattel Matt Mason Trading Card


HOT MMM WEB SITES

There are several Major Matt Mason Web Sites that need to be visited. Next
issue I will have a complete list. But for now any MMM collector must visit
the two best.

Keith Meyer's Space Station Web Site

http://www.vazda.com/mmm/port.htm

An unbelievable piece of work. This is a truly amazing site. Info on every
know MMM piece and lots more.

John Eaton's "Wild Toys" MMM Site

http://www.wildtoys.com/MMMPage/mmm.html

Another great site with lots of info on foreign and prototype MMM stuff!

There are other MMM sites, but these two are in a class by themselves!
Please visit them!


JOIN THE MAJOR MATT MASON E-MAIL LIST

If you are a Major Matt Mason fan, you need to join the Matt mason E-mail
list. Over a hundred MMM fans regularly send messages about Matt Mason. The
best way to stay in touch with other collectors and learn about your favorite
astronaut.

Just e-mail John Eaton at
john@wildtoys.com and ask him to put you on
the list!


MMM FAKES!


When I recently purchased the ever elusive Gulf Promotional Major Matt Mason
piece from a collector in RI, I also purchased a C-10 Doug Davis MOC, and a
C-10 Scorpio MIB.
The Scorpio and Doug turned out to be fakes! Both Mark Stuart and John Eaton
confirmed this. Mark, is, in my opinion, the foremost expert on Matt Mason
in the USA. He has been called in previously to authenticate carded items
that have proven to be fakes. John Eaton (
john@wildtoys.com) is a very savy

and experienced toy collector and MMM specialist. John and Paul Vreede (pv@kan.be) are putting a
great deal of info on John's site about fakes including pictures of the two
fakes I had.

SO BEWARE!

Below is detail of the fakes. Mark took photos with his digital camera and
they will soon be up on John Eaton's site. Here is what to look for.

Scorpio

- The box was obviously a color photo copy.

- The cardboard was half the correct thickness.

- The hole for the cello was not die cut, but rather cut with an exacto
knife. Look especially on the right where Scorpio's hand penetrates the
cello area.

- There was debris on Scorpio. Dust on his shoulder.

- The newness of the tape.

Doug Davis

- Poor paint job. Very shiney, over painted in areas, covered the Mattel info
on his back. This was similar to other fake figures that Mark Stuart has seen
and Mark says this figure was painted by the same hand that painted the other
fakes

- The card was a photocopy, both back and front. The back had misspelling of
the word "separate", spelled serperate on the fake. And an additional line
of text below the legal on the back. The back also has the wrong picture.
Each Figure had a different photo on the back. This Doug has Sgt. Storm's
drawing in reverse. Mostly because it was a true line drawing, and not a
half tone like Doug's, so it could be easily copied.

- The bubble was scissor/square cut and new. The paint was incorrect color
and on the interior.

Much thanks to both Mark and John.

Well, that is all for now folks. Feel free to e-mail me with any other
questions! And BEWARE FAKES!


MMM DISPLAY CASES

I have recently been hunting down display cases to protect my MMM collection.
I will be selling display cases for All MMM products over the next few
months.

The first item I am selling is an AWESOME domed display for a single MMM
figure. This is unbelievable and I strongly urge you to get these to protect
those sharp MMM figures. The dome is made of acrylic and the base is solid
wood.

You can see the dome at :

http://members.aol.com/alecpeters/sjar.jpg

Each dome is $ 19.95 delivered
Four domes for $ 69.95 delivered

UP FOR BID

The following items are up for bid on Ebay. Please check them out! They all
end 4/18.

Ebay Item # Description

89808810 MAJOR MATT MASON GAMMA RAY GARD MINT ON CARD


89817950 MAJOR MATT MASON CATALOG AWESOME!


89826943 MAJOR MATT MASON TALKING BACK PACK


89831322 MAJOR MATT MASON DECONTAMINATION TANKS & GUN


89856803 MAJOR MATT MASON CALLISTO MINT ON CARD


89878946 MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE SLED


89891683 MAJOR MATT MASON SPACE PROBE LAUNCHER


89896341 MAJOR MATT MASON SATELLITE LAUNCHER MOC


89899247 MAJOR MATT MASON POWER SUIT MINT ON CARD!


89901389 MAJOR MATT MASON TRAVEL PAK MINT ON CARD!


90385713 MAJOR MATT MASON SGT STORM MINT ON CARD


COMING ATTRACTIONS

The next issue of the MMM newsletter will feature...

An article by Mark Stuart on the cycle of collecting

A list of all MMM web sites

A price Guide on loose MMM pieces

And more........


Happy Hunting!

Alec




To contribute to the Major Matt Mason i-zine or to subscribe to it bi-weekly via e-mail, please contact the editor, Alec Peters.



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