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Space Toys of the 60's: Major Matt Mason, Mighy Zeroid Robots & Colorforms Outer Space Men [Paperback]

James H. Gillam
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Oct. 1 1999
Toy collectors will treasure this anthology of space toys and robots designed in the 1960s.

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James H. Gillam is a social worker, toy enthusiast and avid science-fiction novel and motion picture movie fan. He is the author of Treasures from the Misty Mountains.

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Major Matt Mason. Outer Space Men. Zeroids. These names will rekindle many forgotten memories for those of us who were little boy astronauts during the exciting Space Race of the 1960's. Jim Gillam's book takes a thorough look at these fantastic Space Toys that fired the imagination of many 'children of the 60's' - myself included.
Mr. Gillam is quite knowledgeable on his subject material, which is written from the viewpoint of an adult collector, although casual readers will not be alienated. The author has obviously spent a great deal of effort in tracking down obscure factory produced variations of these figures & vehicles as well as foreign (European) release information. The book is nicely laid out with many colour photographs to enhance the informative text and is an excellent trip down memory lane. So go curl up with a big glass of Tang & relive those carefree, sub-orbital days of your youth. Space Cadet Walker, Over & Out.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book June 17 2000
I received "Space Toys Of The 60's" as an early Father's Day present. I loved this book from the moment I opened up the package. Memories of my childhood came rushing back as I went through the pages. As a child, I had all the Major Matt Mason figures, Zeroid Robots, and my favorites... Colorforms Aliens. This book sparked my collecting frenzy (which is ongoing) thanks to James's excellent descriptions and photographs. I loved this book so much, that I had to send one to my brother!(Of course, he loves it too) This is a must have book for anyone who has fond memories of these wonderful toys.
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Space Toys of the 60s is a great book with loads of photos! If you are a collector of Major Matt Mason, Zeroids, or Colorforms Aliens, then this book is a must for you. Plenty of detail describes variations among the different items (Did you know that Calisto had both short and long boots?), a great help for discriminating collectors. Even if you aren't a collector, but just want to remember the fun you had playing with these toys when you were younger, this book is the ticket to memory lane. I love it (and I wish I still had all of those toys!). Thanks for the memories, James!
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WOW ... Sums up this book. With pages upon pages of fantastic full color pictures, lots in actual toy size this is a must have, two thumbs up, stop everything your doing right NOW and run to you computer and get it. Clear descriptions noting variations in boxes and just about everything else you won't be disappointed. The story of Mattel, Ideal and Colorforms companies makes for easy reading and is interesting, even for the "non" collector. I loved all the NASA and real life tie-in information too. Three words sum this book up "GET ONE NOW" WOW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for helping me rediscover an old friend June 18 2000
By Nick
The section on Major Matt Mason brought back many memories of fun times years ago.. Some of the items shown I still had in storage at the Folks house, and the "Hunt" for other pieces in the collection has been great. This was the first book I had seen on MATTEL'S MAJOR MATT MASON. I was impressed by the information shown and the research that must have gone into this book. Plus all of the color pictures help in identifing were the little accessories originally came from. Thanks James!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book on Matt Mason and Zeroids Toys! Dec 14 1999
Simply put, if you collect Major Matt Mason, Zeroids, or Colorform Aliens toys, or if you just dig cool space race nostalgia from the late 1960's, then you must get this book! It's filled with hundreds of photos and descriptions of these three toy lines -- more pictures than I would have thought possible. It's an outstanding piece of work worth twice the price! Relive your childhood and see the best space toys the 60's had to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars H.G. WELLS COULDN'T HAVE DONE BETTER... March 4 2001
...than this "Time Machine" that Mr. Gillam has produced. He left no stone unturned. Covered ALL details and variations very thoroughly. I discovered 3 OUTER SPACE MEN in my attic and a Scorpio in my basement. When I was looking for a reference guide to these 60's Spacemen, I coincidentally saw "SPACE TOYS OF THE 60's" on EBay. I said it, you'll say it: "That's how I would have done it!"
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What a wonderful trip back in time to visit with my favorite childhood toys. This is a must have reference book for anyone collecting or having intererst in these toys. The amount of information it contains for such a low price makes it an absolute steal. If you had any of these toys (Zeroids, Matt Mason, Colorforms Aliens) do yourself a favor and get this book. It's sure fun to go back. Thanks Jim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space toys of the 60's Great book.
I bought this book on ebay from the author and I am very happy with it. It is loaded with pictures of each space toy and has nice text. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2002 by Martin Engh
5.0 out of 5 stars A reference tour-de-force for those wonderful toys
If you have any interest in Zeroids, Matt Mason, or Colorform Aliens you have to get this book. A wonderful reference book for those amazing toys from my childhood that no... Read more
Published on June 26 2000 by Bob Brucato
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference, Fun Reading!
This book provides a much-needed reference for collectors of '60s and '70s -era space toys such as Zeroids and Major Matt Mason. Read more
Published on June 23 2000 by Pinkie Manchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Scorpio-tastic!
You betcha, James's book is a must have for sci-fi and space toy collectors and baby boomers alike. Crammed with piccies of Captain Laser, Callisto, Scorpio, Or, Zeroids and those... Read more
Published on June 20 2000 by Paul Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - Fantastic - a MUST OWN for Space Toy Fans!
I got this WONDERFUL book today and could not put it down. Just terrific. It was an absolute joy to reminisce on these old toys and I really enjoyed the section on Colorforms... Read more
Published on June 19 2000 by Bradventure
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than Regression Therapy!
If anyone had asked me about the toys profiled in this book I would have shrugged and said "Never heard of them. Read more
Published on June 19 2000 by Andrew Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
If you're interested in collecting space themed toys from the sixties or if you'd just like to take a trip down memory lane , then buy this book. Read more
Published on Dec 7 1999 by Charles Burke
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