In a departure from its typical wheeled vehicles, Mattel has unveiled three new Matchbox toys based on the SpaceX Starship and Dragon Crew capsule. Part of its Sky Busters lineup, the die-cast toys are accurate scale miniatures of the spacefaring vehicles. Obviously, these do not make ideal candidates for riding Matchbox car tracks unless you want to be sorely disappointed with their ability to loop-the-loop.
In addition to the two standard models, there’s also a fancier version of the Dragon crew capsule that includes “display-ready packaging” and a play mat featuring an ocean recovery scene for the capsule. That’s cool, but what I really want is a moonbase play set.
Hey, anything to get kids excited about space again. I feel like when I was growing up, space was cool, but it’s since waned in popularity due to the lack of humans being launched into space. We need to get back to the moon already, and if I’m being completely honest, it certainly wouldn’t hurt if we ran into some aliens up there. Then there’s no question space would be all the rage again.