Matchbox MAC Air Rescue Unit

Matchbox MAC Air Rescue Unit

Matchbox Mobile Action Command (MAC for short) is a largely forgotten toy line but happily remembered toy line of the 1970s. At least judging by the “What were those cool vehicle/figure sets called?” type emails i get about once a week.

It’s also a toy line I actively collect but with one caveat, I have to find it in the wild. In this marvelous digital age, I have come to savour the old fashioned hunt that toy collecting once was and about once a year, I find a MAC piece for $20. Last weekend, I discovered the air rescue unit and I’d thought I’d share some pics.

More after the jump!

All my memories of MAC stuff involved them being carded (like this set I found last year) but the earliest stuff came in these boxes. 

I remember the appeal of these being you got a figure and a futuristic vehicle for well under 5 bucks. I could usually con my grandmother into one of these every six months or so.

The lack of a backstory on these guys never deterred me, in fact it’s one of the things I now treasure about early 70s adventure toy lines. You put whatever you want on these guys.

And just to prove how awesome these toys are, Matchbox could have stopped with pilot/helicopter but no, they gave him a freaking jet pack which only adds play value!

About The Author

AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Mike Sweeney on August 11, 2016

    Gotta love a Jet Pack.

  • Admin22 on August 12, 2016

    These are the greatest unsong toys of the 70's. I remember many a day when the helicopter pilot would bail out of that little helicopter and jet away on his pack to meet up with firetruck guy and green medic guy.

    These had become clearance rack toys by the time I first found them at SHANE's CircusWorld in New York.

  • Mark West on August 12, 2016

    I still have three of the (skinny body) figures, I didn't realise they travelled over to the US. The later series, with the more muscular figure, didn't really interest me but I loved these ones.

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