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Tinplate6

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Tomi Gun Electro-Klik box

27 March 2014 - 08:51 PM

I was just trolling my favorite online auction website and noticed this item... :ohmy:

 

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I cannot recall ever having seen a box for the Tomi Gun. :scratchhead:  So...here it is. :biggrin: It's only the shell, as the end flaps are missing, but for something this uncommon, it still might be worth having in a collection.


Ray Gun Art

09 March 2014 - 10:18 PM

Yes, yes, I know we already have a section for art, but I honestly felt this would be appreciated more here, by the gun enthusiasts. :blush:  I stumbled upon this painting of a google-eyed boy and his favorite space guns...one of which seems to work far better than the manufacturer intended (must be fresh batteries). The title of this charming slice of life is "You'll never make sense of Arnie", painted by artist Joe Scarano.

 

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The kid obviously has good taste in weapons, he's brandishing a blue Tommy-Ray rifle, and for backup, he has a pistol hanging from his side...the neighborhood is safe with this kid around...or are they? :eeek:


Pistola Lanzacohetes...Space toy or Police Gun?

31 December 2013 - 10:07 PM

Yes indeed, this very plain, unassuming Italian toy gun has a double life, and I'm about to tell you why. :lecture:

 

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The name means "rocket launcher gun", the shape of the gun is smooth and without any real style, with the exception of an enigmatic design on the grips.

 

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If you look at it one way...it could be the Sputnik sending out a signal into space, or...it could be a lightening bolt leading to a bullet hole! :ohmy:

 

But how can you be sure? Well, it depends on which side of the box you are looking at. :scratchhead:

 

Obviously, the makers of this gun wanted to ride the wave of space toys, without alienating their loyal cops and robbers customers, this covers all the bases.

 

One one side of the box is a somewhat "Fred Flintstone-ish" astronaut stepping out on a foreign world ready for action.

 

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However, if you flip the box over, you get a gaslight crime fighting design, complete with a police helmet and whistle, and the lamp outside the station.

 

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Hmmm...I wonder if the strategy worked? :blush:


Lost Love...who got the Stalco ray gun?

20 December 2013 - 12:20 AM

Ok, I lost another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; :frustrate: the infuriatingly rare Century 21 space gun by Stalco slipped from my grasp tonight. :crying-and-sobbing:

 

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Well, actually there were two up on eBay this week; a minty loose one (which was swept away by an offline deal :dirtdog: ), and the minty in-the-box one you see here.

 

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*Sigh*...so, who got it? Was it any of my fellow Alphadromers? :scratchhead:

 

Doc Atomic?

 

Big Bang?

 

Phil R?

 

Brian?

 

Anybody? :ohmy:


The Big Flash Blastor

15 December 2013 - 01:27 AM

Once in a while a new toy will come out that gets my attention, and I grab it. I have many contemporary guns in my collection either because they have great styling or a unique gimmick. This one borders on both. Made by Playmates; the Big Flash Blastor is a type of electric bazooka.

 

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The box art is a bit cluttered, but I like the look of the prototype, unfortunately, they cut down on the paint scheme, and by doing so the overall look suffers. However, it still has nice lines; for example, I love the multiple high voltage transformers that ring the barrel, it is a nice touch.

 

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The real gimmick is the fact that this is a real "ray" gun, as it emits a light ray. Ok, yeah, I know, they have been producing flashlight guns for years, but this one is different. This uses a large strobe lamp at the back of the barrel to produce an immense flash when the trigger is pulled...and honestly, I don't know why it took so long to come up with this concept, it makes a space pistol really look like a "ray gun".

 

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The toy is big, 17 inches long. You fire it by cocking the gun, shotgun style, and pulling the trigger after the power indicator lamp at the rear of the gun comes on, in the same way that a flash works in a camera.

 

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The only other drawback that keeps this from being a really cool toy is that the only sound it makes is a loud "thud" from the internal hammer springing forward. If they had added some great sound effects this would be killer.