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Stock #6340 Major Matt Mason Firebolt Space Cannon.

 

Firebolt Space Cannon. Photo by Keith
Meyer. From the collection of Keith Meyer.

#6340 FIREBOLT SPACE CANNON
Copyright 1967-first year available 1968

Space engineered for all Mattel astronauts, including Captain Lazer! Molded in "white" and "red / orange" plastic. With three "black" wheels. This was the only vehicle and accessory that went along with the giant from Mars. And the only vehicle that lit up when operating.

The barrel blazes firebolt beams! The turret rotates astronauts 360'! Rotating radar antenna scans solar system! Radar screen lights up! With a mysterious pulsating sound the mighty vehicle advances over solar terrain. The barrel elevates for long range firing. Powered by two "D" cell batteries. This vehicle came with colorful decals to mark it's position in the field. Astronauts, batteries and other accessories were not included.

PACKAGE DESCRIPTION:
16" x 11 1/2" x 8 1/2" box

DEALER CATALOG SPECS:
Each in standard packs of 1/2 doz. Wt: 16 lbs. per case.

VARIATIONS:
Note that the prototype in the photos has the "red / orange" parts of the production cannon molded in the "silver / gray" colors.

COMMENTS:
Box photos feature Major Matt Mason and Sgt. Storm in early space suit variations along with Captain Lazer. I believe the Firebolt as a vehicle for Captain Lazer was an after thought. Note the photos of the Cannon shows in the prototype that there is no back rest and seating position for Captain Lazer. Perhaps the Captain, like so many collectors speculate, was intended for another toyline that was never created. Man, I'm really sick of this theory. Will we ever find out?

ALSO INCLUDED IN:
The firebolt Space Cannon was also offered in these other boxed ensembles:

#6341 Firebolt Space Cannon Super Action Set
#6351 Captain Lazer Firebolt Space Cannon Action Set

Firebolt Space Cannon. Back of Box. Photo by
Keith Meyer. From the collection of Keith Meyer.

 

Copyright 1997 Keith Meyer. All rights reserved.
Revised: February 25, 2006.