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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.