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A Vintage Soviet Bank-Bot?

05 November 2014 - 08:27 PM

Yes, back in the USSR, in 1976, this creamsicle colored fellow may have helped the working-class children save their rubles.  :biggrin:


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He stands 11 inches tall, and is made from blown-in-mold plastic. The star on his back is removable.


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Along the left side are Russian letters...


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And along the right is the date of 1976 (which, by the way, is the year I entered college).


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This has a lanyard attached to a ring on the top, which was possibly for hanging on a Christmas tree, and it could very well have been filled with candy.


Now, since my knowledge of Russian is a bit sparse, I shall defer to our European members to offer a translation of what it says.  :scratchhead:   :blush:

Record Price For Miller Alien

25 October 2014 - 01:01 PM

Two words...Holy Cow!!!


This is the highest price I have ever seen for a Miller Earth Invader Neptune figure  :eeek: .


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Yeah, I threw a few coins at it, but I had no chance in bagging this trophy. :pigsfly: It was a sale of 7 or 8 exceptional figures from this set.


However, it wasn't a total loss, I at least added one new figure to the collection, which was also tough to find...the two-eyed Moon Man (I already own the three-eyed version). :thumbs:


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The Souper Comet F-R-933 Atomic Gun

06 October 2014 - 10:18 PM

I just picked up a nice gun; the Souper Comet (and yes, that is how it's marked) F-R-933 atomic gun. :biggrin: Ok, well, the words "atomic gun" don't actually appear on the toy, I just took a little journalistic license to punch up the story line. :blush: Anyway, this is yet another of those borderline machine/space guns, like the Flashy-Ray, Space Ruler and the Radar-Ray. It was made in Greece, but bears no other markings than the name and the number K16, possibly the model number. :scratchhead:


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It is made from fairly thin plastic, and it's a miracle it has survived all these years (not to mention the shippers shoddy packing :angry: ). What impresses me even more, aside from the fact that even the interior workings are also plastic (yup, every gear and rod, except the spinning flint wheel), is the heights that this toy tries to attain...it has all the bells an whistles.


This is not only a sparkling gun, but it is a rat-a-tat, ack-ack gun as well...the twin barrels reciprocate independently! :ohmy:


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That's a lot of action for an all plastic gun. Oh, and did I mention the rotating drum magazine and flip-up sight?!


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I just wish it had some stars, or rockets or something else ray gun-ish molded into the design, even some stickers would add a little more panasche to this gun. :frustrate:


Oh, and it's a really good size too; 24 inches!


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Either way, I still like it.

Azrak, Nagasakiya & Mak's

13 September 2014 - 09:51 PM

I recently picked up these three 60's-70's pistols. The Mak's is a classic gun covered here several times, most recently under Alessandro's post; My Barbarella Ray Gun:  http://danefield.com...rella-ray-gun/. A 9 inch hard plastic water gun.


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The second is a nifty little cubist pistol, made by Azrak-Hamway in 1978. They made a few decent guns, I have two other in my collection as well. I like the sparse clean lines and the little flip-up sight at the back. A 4.5 inch water pistol in hard plastic.


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The last gun is also kind of neat, in that it was made by the musically-named Japanese company, Nagasakiya, which, coincidentally, is the name of a large department store chain in Japan as well (possibly one in the same). This has a very nice barrel, reminiscent of the Ranger Steel guns, it also has the largest scope I've ever seen on a gun this small (it actually does work, by the way). A 6 inch water pistol in hard plastic.


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They are not big-ticket guns, but I like them just the same.

I Get Scammed, So You Don't Have To.

06 September 2014 - 06:13 PM

If you like detective stories, then this post is for you.


I'm an idiot! :frustrate:


I figured that was a good place to start; it seems I consistently fall for big ticket ray gun scams. I fell for the fake Pyrotomic Disintegrators, and now the Mexican Planet Jet guns. :blush:


However, by getting sucked into these shady deals, I inadvertently provide a public service by blowing the lid off of these fakes, and providing a good study of the guns themselves so none of you need lose all your money...like me.


*Sigh*...so, let's get started. First, let me say that if this batch of guns coming out of Mexico are indeed fakes, they are exceptionally well made. Unlike the Pyrotomic guns, the "tells" are much less obvious. Now, again, I am assuming it is not authentic, but they could just be a foreign copy that sprang up...dunno.


As I said, these are exceptionally well made. The gun is cast from hard plastic, not resin, which is good, and the mold seams fit together perfectly, but the surface is immaculately clean and shiny (suspicion 1).


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The molds were well detailed, every point is sharp. The action of the trigger matches the originals; the trigger clicks loudly, and the rocket moves forward smoothly.


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The words Planet Jet appear on both sides, whereas the known guns have this only on the right side of the grips (suspicion 2).


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The removable cap has no hole in it; you can't squirt water without that (suspicion 3).


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The interior does indeed have a petrified rubber bladder inside, looking very authentic, however, having never actually seen one up close, I must defer to you who own these to confirm this or not.


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And, of course, the cap is the wrong color too (suspicion 4).


So, there you have it...oh wait, I have it. Am I the victim, or the lucky owner of a rare toy? :scratchhead:  :pigsfly:


:blush: Only you can tell me that.