Well here he is. Looks pretty good. a bit of dirt, but a bit of rust on the should/neck area. He's not my taste, but it was nice to find something after stopping at many many shops over the last few weeks in about 8 different states.
A few other stand outs that I didn't jump on include a Gemini x-5 rocket (missing the floating space man) that was 45.00 and a silver Radar Raider ray gun for 28.00 (had a few cracks on the butt of the rifle) and a Silver Ray Secret Weapon that was 150.00, but he looked pretty rough.
Here's another question. I found a Colonel Hap Hazard... He's missing the Antenna and jet rockets, but looks to be in nice shape. It's unknown if he works. He's 90.00.
Is this a decent buy?
Once again, I'm not a robot collector, but rather a Buck Rogers ray gun collector, so I don't know much on these things. I'm just looking for items I can trade or sell to further my ray gun collection.
I'm headed to the airport, so any quick advice would be appreciated.
I'm on a 2 day business trip out of state and came across a Secret Weapon Space Scout today. He seems in pretty rough shape, but he caught my eye. I'm a newbie at this. Currently I have a few repro robots and a few vintage ray guns. Can someone supply more info on this guy? I'm not finding much on him, and I'm on a time crunch. (I fly out in the a.m. and will have a small window to buy, if I decide to jump on it) He's going for 150.00. The chrome was chipped up and the front door on the chest was popped open. It may be broken, but appeared to be closeable.
Any tips on how to get this thing cleaned up a bit without ruining it? This is my 4th raygun and it's a bit abused looking, but I snagged it for about 90.00 bucks, so I couldn't pass it by. I haven't received it yet, so I don't know how bad of shape it's really in, but I'm hoping I can get it looking somewhat better.
That's good to hear. The unit I'm eyeing looks pretty nice, and is the battery operated model. There is surface rust on the the battery cover. It's priced at 145.00, so I'm hoping to get it closer to 125.00. The box looks really nice too.
Toytent isn't where I'm buying from. I just included the link because that is the only reference to this particular raygun that I can find. I actually found the unit I'm referring to at a local antique store.
Does anyone know much the about the S-58? I have an opportunity to buy one along with the original box, but it takes funds away from getting some other things. I'm just curious if I should go for it. Does anyone know a fair value for one with its box, both in nice condition...
I only have 2 rayguns so far, but I felt bad they were just laying around. I was going to build a case eventually, but for now I just mounted them in a small shadowbox with a piece of art, and a small description. Definetly nothing to write home about, but I just wanted to share. I'm about to paint my wall, so I haven't bothered hanging the shadow box yet...
I'm sure I'm wrong placing the xz-35 @ 1934 as well, but I'll get it right once I get the entire collection. I think the final product will tell the interesting story of the price war that the toy started with Macy's and Gimbel's. I've read that story at a few sites, and it's always an interesting read. (credit to doc atomic, because I read his blog post about it first.)
Thanks for the info. It's tough not knowing if something is rare or not and not knowing what the market value is. I'm trying to find a decent pricing guide that's current so I don't get raped while getting my collection up and going. I've been to a few sites and see a gun I want and it's super cheap, then I realize the page hasn't been updated since 2001. I bought my first gun yesterday and I'm worried I paid more than it's worth. But I'm not in it for investing, just for the pride and satisfaction of owning a piece of history and knowing I'm doing a small part in keeping the past alive, so who can put a price tag on that?
At this point, I don't know if that flash gordon is worth 500.00 or 850.00 or even 1.00, but it sure would look good on my wall :)
P.S. Stumbling onto your site last friday and seeing the post on the xz-31 is what got me hooked. Seeing that picture (first ever of me seeing a xz-31) of it laying on the old comic strip background just told me I had to own that same object and have it on my wall. I'm looking forward to getting it on display!
Not my taste as far as collecting, but its easy to see how people get caught up. Each of these rayguns has a very unique and fascinating history. It great you have one of these in the condition its in and the fact that you know the story behind it!
Wow! You have the collection I want right there! That Buck Rogers Liquid Helium Water Pistol is going to be my crown jewel if I ever can afford one. I really adore the steel/tin ray guns. I guess that's why I like the buck rogers / daisy guns alot.
I think I will try and collect the Buck guns in order, so I'm gonna look for the Wilma next. I'll stop at the Helium Water Pistol. If I get pulled in deeper, I'll branch out and try for the Flash gordon Signal Pistol, just because it looks so cool.
Thanks for sharing that picture!
I wasn't planning on buying that Flash Signal that I linked to though. I can't afford that this early into this! lol. I just saw it and posted the link thinking someone here may be interested.