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Joe K.

1936 - Buck Rogers XZ-44 Liquid Helium Water Pistol By Daisy

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The Liquid Helium is my all time favorite raygun. I wonder why some many of them exist. I guess the kids liked them too. :D

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Here are the Pictures. Good eye Joe!

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It's funny, Phil -- according to Lesser and some of the other old-school Buck collectors, the Liquid Helium didn't actually sell that well. I think, though, that they were durable and built to last. I doubt many were played with, which is why you don't see too many rusted-out hunks of metal lying around, either.

All the Buck guns did a fantastic job of surviving. You can't go wrong with pressed steel, I guess! :)

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Sears also carried the Liquid Helium. Here's the dated catalog cover (the "1936" is visible on the spine):

http://www.planetoftheapesfanclub.com/Catalog1936Sears1.JPG

This page, specifically:

http://www.planetoftheapesfanclub.com/Catalog1936Sears5.JPG

Finally, here's a steel ride-on rocket ship for $1.39:

http://www.planetoftheapesfanclub.com/Catalog1936Sears4.JPG

Anybody know more about this "vehicle"?

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To pin it down tighter, here's the first newspaper sighting in July 1936 - Santa Ana Register:

 

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The Bronze / Copper color version has been Timeline dated to 1939:

 

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