Ideal Space Gun with Rare Sample Tag
Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:22 PM
This particular gun was made by Ideal in the 1950s. I can't seem to find too much info about it -- hopefully some of you with better google skills (ANZ?) can dig up a specific name and date. The gun itself is uncommon but not exactly rare. The trigger turns an internal crank which makes a lot of noise... Pretty straight forward. There's also a much rarer orange version.
What makes this particular example special is the Ideal sample tag hanging off the barrel. I'm guessing the gun was used as either an internal quality control sample -- something shown to the higher ups at Ideal before sending it to market -- or perhaps as a salesman or toy fair sample. Regardless, it's pretty much the last stage before the toy ended up in stores. Pre-production stuff is SO rare in this hobby, it's always a thrill to find some. I've seen sample tags on space toys from Marx before, but this is the first time I've seen an Ideal tag... TOY MEMORIES, if you're out there, I'm hoping you can shed a little more light on this one.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:44 PM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:00 AM
Glad to see that you won it!
Edited by dieselbot, 22 February 2012 - 11:07 AM.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 04:16 AM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 05:16 AM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:44 PM
Thanks for the info Bigbang. "Screech Gun." Yeah, that pretty much describes it...
You said it, Phil: It's about the history of these toys. Even something like a sample tag gets you a little closer to the process of it all. It's definitely exciting when a piece like this lands in a collection.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:31 PM