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David Reid sent us a pic of his Cap­tain Lazer fig­ure from the Ma­jor Matt Ma­son range from the ’ 60s. It still has all its ac­ces­sories and the lights and sounds still work, although there is some mi­nor play wear to the body. Kathy Tay­lor of Vec­tis says:

Mat­tel’s Ma­jor Matt Ma­son range of toys were pro­duced from 1967– 1970. They were 6” tall rub­ber- like fig­ures with an in­ter­nal wire ar­ma­ture. Their ve­hi­cles and space suits were based on Nasa’s orig­i­nal de­signs and helped in­spire a gen­er­a­tion of young “wannabe” as­tro­nauts.

Cap­tain Lazer was 13” high ( more than dou­ble the size of the other fig­ures) and in­tro­duced in 1968. He is bat­tery­op­er­ated, has glow­ing eyes, a breast­plate and laser gun com­plete with sounds. Made of dark blue metal­lic hard plas­tic, it is ru­moured that the tool­ing and scale of this fig­ure was so in­con­gru­ous with the rest of the diminu­tive range that it ac­tu­ally was not orig­i­nally in­tended to be part of the set. You can see later Bat­tlestar Galac­tica fig­ures ( Colo­nial War­rior and Cy­lon Cen­tu­rion) that used the same mould­ing.

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