dratomic

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  • Birthday 04/01/1975

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  1. dratomic added a post in a topic: Ok, So Who Snagged The Normura Drummer   

    Yeah, I learned a long time ago that if there's a good buy-it-now, jump on it. Otherwise... no one to blame but yourself.
  2. dratomic added a post in a topic: Tudor Rose Space Clipper   

    Wonderful looking piece! You never know, Tinman -- the next one could go for cheap now that the deepest pockets have one. :)
  3. dratomic added a post in a topic: Tudor Rose Astronaut Screaming Missile Pistol   

    I don't know a whole lot about these, but I have seen different colors of the gun. Not sure which version of the toy it was -- no box -- but I've definitely seen variations.

    It's a weird toy, but I've always liked it!
  4. dratomic added a post in a topic: Missed Another One: Co-Ma Spaziale Pistol   

    He absolutely changed the description. I guess that's good... but he initially listed it as being in perfect condition.
  5. dratomic added a post in a topic: There Is A Reason They Don't Make 'em Like They Used To.   

    For a while a guy was listing MIB examples of this gun on eBay every week or so. Selling for between $125-$150. Stupid me didn't pick one up when I had the chance, now they're not as common. They do pop up from time to time, though, often with both pingpong balls, the empty container of firing crystals, and the box. I definitely want one without the sticker... So I'm biding my time. One of these days I'll snag one.
  6. dratomic added a post in a topic: Missed Another One: Co-Ma Spaziale Pistol   

    The broken one was listed as mint... I dunno, I'm kind of glad I wasn't even able to take the risk on the orange one. Something about this seller is weird. I don't think he's DISHONEST, but the private auction, the poorly described other gun, the different quoted prices... Eh, I'll wait for the next one. Maybe. ;-)
  7. dratomic added a post in a topic: There Is A Reason They Don't Make 'em Like They Used To.   

    Brian -- It was originally released as a toy, but even back then they realized it was kind of insane to give little Timmy a functioning cannon to play with. So the company slapped a sticker on it and turned it into a dog training device. Today, you can find it with and without the sticker.

    What an awesome toy. :)
  8. dratomic added a post in a topic: Tinman's Collection   

    Just beautiful, Bill! I always love seeing those colorful, plastic ships and cars.
  9. dratomic added a post in a topic: New Into Collecting Space Toys   

    You're really building a nice collection of robots! Chief Robot Man is one of my favorites -- a classic design with a really fun action. Big, too, and really nice looking on a shelf.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your collection grow. Your enthusiasm is infectious!

    (By the way, I like how you used vintage paperbacks in your early photos. I collect those, too, and have a number of my favorites displayed alongside my robots.)
  10. dratomic added a post in a topic: Name This Ray Gun   

    Looks like you nailed, Joe.
  11. dratomic added a post in a topic: Local Space Toy/robot Auction Part 4   

    Cool stuff, Phil!
  12. dratomic added a post in a topic: The Tomik 6 Shooter   

    Well... Except that posting the active auction on Alphadrome might have also brought it to people's attention. So... Maybe we'll call it even? ;-)
  13. dratomic added a post in a topic: Botstock 12 Poster Contest   

    Wow! Love the new Alphabot. :)

    Looking forward to seeing people's poster submissions.
  14. dratomic added a post in a topic: The Tomik 6 Shooter   

    Don't forget the bronze one. It's a legit variation -- I know a collector who has one. It's definitely a rarer variation, though, and I haven't seen many.

    Oh, and the one on eBay is the real deal. The discoloration you're seeing, Alessandro, is an illustion caused by the photography and the way the light reflects off the slightly worn edges of the fins. I won the auction and once it shows up I'll post some better photos.

    So that makes:
    Metallic Blue w/silver trigger
    Silver w/Blue trigger
    Metallic Blue w/blue trigger (I've seen one -- almost won it but didn't bid enough)
    Yellow w/Red trigger
    Red w/Yellow trigger
    Bronze w/Bronze trigger

    I also have a test-shot that's all yellow.

    And I'd guess there are silver versions with silver triggers, though I can't remember having seen one.

    I've spoken to an expert on Thomas Toys, a guy who was friends with Islyn Thomas himself and who wrote a book about plastic toys, and he told me he suspects the red and yellow versions might be British. Thomas Toys was started by Islyn after he came over to the U.S. from Wales. Prior to that, he and his brother started Poplar Plastics in the U.K. Apparently, the two companies would often share molds, and it's known that many Thomas toys were produced overseas as Poplar toys. He thinks that might have been the case with the candy-colored guns.

    I also know that every instance of Bronze gun that I've seen has come from U.K. sellers. Not definitive proof of anything, but I'd guess the Bronze ones were produced overseas in association with Poplar, too. Just a guess, though. I plan on reaching out to the guy I know to see if he has any further thoughts.

    It's a neat toy. I'd like to get some of the candy colored ones -- I've now got all three standard metallic versions, as well as a bagged example and the prototype. Anyone have a yellow or red one they're looking to sell? :)
  15. dratomic added a post in a topic: Prototype: Tom Corbett Atomic Pistol (Marx, 1952)   

    You never know, Richard! It's amazing what can pop up if you just keep hunting.

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  1. ulysses » dratomic

    Hi:) thank you for the info have secured mylar film your time and knowlegde was appreciated :)

  2. ulysses » dratomic

    Hi:) thank you for the info have secured mylar film your time and knowlegde was appreciated :)

  3. LowDownVDub » dratomic

    Hey there, I'm Evan, new to the site. Was wondering if you could help me with a few things?

    First is there a introduction area so people know who i am?

    Also, I recently found a Ray gun that I would like to sell, but could use some advice on the best way to possibly do it?

    Thanks!