InterestsVintage boys toys, especially space toys, ray guns, robots, communication toys, such as walkie talkies, consoles, play radio stations. Also anything retro-futuristic including early graphics of cities, cars, planes, concept cars, etc.<br /><br />Also early NASA artifcats owned or used by astronauts.
Of course, you're right about it not quite qualifying. I mention it only as a point of interest. This was not the gun used on the Foo Fighters album. You may have it confused with another old post of mine about someone from that group contacting me about using the photo from my book on their new album. I told them that since they would need to have permission from my photographer (we own the rights together), it might be easier if they just found one and photograph it themselves, which is what they did.
I think one of the very rarest ray guns may ironically be one of the most common. I'm talking about the
reproduction in the early 90's of the Buck Rogers XZ-38 Disintegrator. It was cast in bronze, sparked, popped and weighed around two pounds. It was gorgeous. The problem was they wanted over $600 for it and you had to wait several months to get it as they were created only upon your order. I think only one was ever made for the photograph and I don't believe any were sold. I was asked to create the ad for it which I think I posted here once. I repeatedly told the guy that the price was WAAAY too high as you could get an original mint in the box one at the time. But he had a dream.
Silly me. A few days ago I tried to send a long post to the whole group thanking them for the really great weekend. It included a link for everyone for a $250 gift card good at either Best Buy, Radio Shack or Hooters. When I tried to upload it, it all disappeared! I'm too lazy to try and send it all again, so let me just say what a REALLY great time Connie and I had meeting everyone, seeing Joe's wonderful museum and sharing laughs. The group had more combined creativity, hospitality, intelligence and humor than anyone might imagine. A special thanks to Joe for hosting the whole shebang and to everyone who was SO generous with their swag and other gifts. Looking forward to the next time Best to all, Leslie
The goggles I've always loved are the Tom Corbett ones. They had a one-piece amber colored bubble type lens with elastic band. No markings as I recall. They were worn on the show and offered as a premium. Anyone have any or a photo?
I was not involved in dealing with the rights, but Ektek told me on several occasions they had received proper permission from the Dille family. As far as where to advertise, the internet is certainly the cheapest and reaches the largest, most focused collector audience. Probably just listing on Ebay would be a good start with a possible ink to a website. (That'll be $600 please. :-)
The Ektek went to market but I don't think they actually sold any, maybe one or two. The reasons were clear. 1. It cost $600 (included the frame, medallion and reprint of early BR Kellogg's book.) At the time-- the early 90's-- you could by an original in a box for that, maybe even less. 2. You had to pay in advance then wait up to two months while they made them. 3. They advertisised in the completly wrong place, Omni vs. any true collector publications. No internet then, either. I heartily advised against all these decisions but to no avail. Lesson: Don't fall so in love with your own ideas that you don't listen to reason. On the other hand, if you can make great replicas that retail for $199 or less I'm sure you'd find a market, especially if it has a nice box. Good luck. Leslie
Yes, the guns were heavier than the originals because they were cast from bronze. And, yes they worked by sparking within the spark chamber and popping-- plus they actually did distintergrate things, like bank accounts.
The talk about all these great BR weapons made me dig up the photo of the Ektek Buck Rogers XZ-38 that I wrote about some time ago. As you may recall, it was the dream of this earnest man and his wife to recast the gun in bronze-- it weighed over 2 lbs.-- and sell it to collectors for over $600. He would not be disuaded by me or anyone else. It came with the frame and medallion shown here. Beautiful, but waaaay too expensive. But if there's one around (this one) it's pretty darn rare.
Darn it! I would absolutely LOVE to be there but I'll have just be returning from overseas visiting my son who is studying and bike racing there. Maybe next year. It sounds like a great time for space toy and robot geeks like me. Thanks, Leslie
I've never seen that Smoke Ray Gun before either. Are we sure this was a Kelloggs premium too along with the Space Patrol Cosmic Smoke Gun? Also, is Botstock a private event? Can any collector attend? If so, could you tell me where it is and when? Sounds fun. Leslie Singer
My apologies. I just received my books. Yes, two of them-- that's why the cost was so high, not the shipping, which came from Dark Horse although they explained that it was coming from New Zealand. So either I accidently ordered two books, or they accidentally sent two. Whatever-- they are very nice . I'll give one to my nephew-- a budding astro-militia type.