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BLAKE'S 7 NEUTRON SPACE RIFLE - JOYSTAR - HONG KONGAn unusual gold plastic space gun. The angular pistol design has a long site addirion on the top. It also has a black arc shaped support. Ball shooting action with a spring loaded arm at the side. Copyright 1978.

The gun has a paper decal with POP-O-MATIC RIFLE wording. It is unclear if this was on the specific Blake's 7 gun or on an unlicensed version.
Sep 02, 2014
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SPACE MACHINE GUN - DAIYA? - JAPANA metallic blue lithographed space rifle. The narrow gun has a rifle stock and a short perforated barrel. Bullet detail printed on the sides. Trigger guard. Key wind up mechanism with noise and spark. Believed to be Daiya. Date? Box? Sep 02, 2014
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UNIVERSAL MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA serious looking military-style lithographed tin space machine pistol. The silver grey gun has a brown stock and an extendible wire attachment at the back. Its most distinctive feature is a clip of tin simulated bullets that fit into an arc shaped magazine. There is little of space interest on the gun except for an atom pattern and the wording Universal Machine Gun. The rather plain box has slightly more of a space theme with an astronaut standing by a rocket launch pad. Date? Sep 02, 2014
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ASTRO RAY GUN - N LOGO - JAPANA brightly lithographed tin friction space gun in a mixture of blue, red, yellow and orange colors. Clear red plastic barrel with rings. The elaborate space litho includes Saturn, Earth, planets and stars. "ASTRO RAY GUN" printed on the top. Noise and spark friction action. 22cm

This is the same pressing as the Universe Gun. The identity of the N in a Circle logo has not yet been established. Date? Box?
Sep 02, 2014
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SPACE ROBOT TROOPER, RED VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANA rare color variation of the Electric Power Remote Control Space Robot Trooper. Red painted tin battery operated remote control Robby. The battery remote is a small light C-cell two-button version: red and white versions are known.
Travels forward as the dome lights and the antenna inside the dome spins. TN Circa 1955.
Sep 02, 2014
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PETER FLINTH SPACE GUN - MOLTO - SPAINA blue plastic pistol-like space gun with a magazine at the front and a full trigger guard. Shoots plastic disks from a spring fed magazine. See also the Lampis Plast version. Blister carded.

This release copies the packaging of Star Trek tracer guns. Lanza discos.
Sep 01, 2014
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PETER FLINTH SPACE GUN / GALAXIAS - LAMPIS PLAST - SPAINA red plastic pistol-like space gun with a magazine at the front and a full trigger guard. Shoots plastic disks from a spring fed magazine. See also the Molto version. Blister carded.

This is the same design as the Planet Blaster and the Star Trek tracer guns. Lanza discos.

This gun was also sold as GALAXIAS. Lanza discos.
Sep 01, 2014
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PETER FLINTH SPACE RIFLE / GALAXIAS - LAMPIS PLAST - SPAINA large (18" 45cm) red plastic space rifle. The gun has sweeping lines from the stock to the bottom of the barrel. Short telescopic sight. Shoots 20 plastic disks from a spring loaded magazine. Blister carded. Panda logo.

This gun was also sold as GALAXIAS. Metralleta Lanza discos.
Sep 01, 2014
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REKHA GUN - REKHA TOYS - INDIAColorful lithographed tin friction space gun with clear green plastic barrel. Noise and spark friction action. The plastic barrel is marked Rubina Gun. Red and green versions. 22cm

The design is based on the Japanese N in Circle Universe Space Gun, with the lithography altered to suit the Indian taste). It is, however, a different construction using tabs to hold the halves together. The Universe Gun has a crimped construction. See also the Kranti Gun and Rubina Gun
Sep 01, 2014
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DIE CAST SPACE SQUIRT GUN - MAKER? - JAPANA small die cast lead? space squirt gun with a colorful yellow rubber bulb. The bulb has a fish (ray?) logo. The actual gun barrel is very thin. Metal. Maker? Date?Aug 31, 2014
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DIE CAST LEAD ROCKET SQUIRT GUN - JOHILLCO? - ENGLANDA small lead space squirt gun with a distinctive rocket shape. 3" 7cm Rubber bulb. Metal. Johillco made similar lead squirt guns and this is possibly the maker.

Two slight variations shown. There is a third version.
Aug 31, 2014
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SUPER MACHINE GUN - YONEZAWA - JAPANA large lithographed tin space machine gun. A rather serious looking gun with perforated double barrels and a wood effect stock. Yonezawa didn't do many space guns and it is interesting to see that they're trying to compete with the Nomura range of these realistic looking guns. There is little of space interest on the gun itself: Super Gun, ATOM wording and an eagle on the stock. The box art compensates with a lively scene of Space Patrol astronauts. Friction action with noise and spark. Date?Aug 31, 2014
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X-2 AUTOMATIC MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA black or dark blue lithographed tinplate machine gun. The battery operated gun has a detachable cylindrical clear plastic magazine on top which light up when in action. The stock has the wording Automatic Ray Gun. Noise and flashing lights. A rather serious gun with little space detail, though the box has a dramatic space combat scene. Date? Aug 31, 2014
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PLANET GUN - TOHO - JAPANSmall plastic space gun with three spinners. An interesting Japanese release of the Park Plastics Planet Patrol Saucer Gun (notice the ribs on the side and the telescopic sight) but the box is an unlicensed copy of the Merit Dan Dare Planet Gun box. (no telescopic sight and humps on the sides). Date?

This is the only Toho space toy that I am aware of.

Aug 31, 2014
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YU DO DAN - MAKER? - JAPANAn early Japanese black tinplate space gun. The poor photo hides much of the deatil of this cap firing gun. It does have a trigger guard. The box has the picture of a Thunderbird 1 style rocket flying over the ocean in a Midway style battle with an aircraft carrier. Maker? better photo?

Yu-Do-Dan
Aug 31, 2014
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WATER PISTOL - MAKER - JAPANAn early Japanese lithographed tinplate water pistol. The little blue space gun has an angular pistol shape with a trigger guard and a large yellow star on the handle. On the sides are a lightning bolt, a spaceman floating in space, Saturn and the wording "WATER PISTOL". Box? Date? Details?Aug 31, 2014
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COWBOY SPACE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANThe shape is clearly a space gun, but the litho is serving the western market. A typical crossover item in the same range as the Space Navigator Gun.

Small early blue, red and yellow tin lithographed space gun. Angular pistol shape with a picture of a cowboy on the handle, COW BOY wording. Friction noise and spark. 3.5" 9cm Box?
Aug 31, 2014
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SPACE WATER PISTOL - COIBEL - SPAINA bizarre shaped plastic space water gun with sweeping fins at the front that converge on a plastic cylinder carying a paper decal SPACE. In fact, at the heart of this gun is a Park Plastics Squirt Ray the Outer Space gun (no trigger guard) which has been given the extravagant makeover. Pistola De Agua. Name? Packaging? Date?Aug 31, 2014
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LUNAR JET RIFLE - DAISY - USAA space toy in name only. The large red and white metal pop gun has Lunar Jet printed on the stock. Red plastic stock, red cocking lever and red perforated silencer. Model #1011. The 1011 was also the Thunder Bird rifle.Aug 30, 2014
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RADAR FLASH SPACE RIFLE - MURRAY - USAA lager (25" 62cm) metal machine gun style rifle. Red painted body with forward grip and long telescopic sight. Silver metal perforated cover on the barrel. Radar Flash decal on the sides. The gun has a crank on the right side which produces a shooting noise when turned. Noisemaker. Date? Box?Aug 30, 2014
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SPACE PATROL CLICKER GUN - MAKER? - USA?The name remains speculative. A hard plastic clicker gun. Angular design with rings on the barrel. A rocket is molded in the sides and a spaceman on the stock. The gun incorporates a whistle. 5" 12cm. Available in a wide range of colors. Maker? Date?
Aug 30, 2014
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SPACE CLICKER GUN 555 - MAKER? - HONG KONGHong Kong copy of the American hard plastic clicker space gun that in turn is based on the Pyro Space Control Gun but significantly different; the breech is cylindrical, there's a large telescopic sight on the top and the molded details include a rocket. Marked 555 on the side. 5in 14cm. Aug 30, 2014
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SPACE SQUIRT GUN - MAKER?A small hard plastic space water squirt gun with rubber bulb. 8.2cm long. The gun has a design based on the Rex Mars Planet Patrol by Marx. Details?Aug 29, 2014
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DIE CAST LEAD SPACE SQUIRT GUN - MAKER? - USAA small lead space squirt gun with a distinctive hoops around the barrel. 5" 12cm Rubber bulb. Trigger guard. Metal. Maker? Date? Aug 29, 2014
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DIE CAST LEAD SPACE SQUIRT GUN - MAKER?A small die cast lead space squirt gun with a distinctive arched fin on the top. Rubber bulb. Metal. Maker? Date? 9cm Aug 29, 2014
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DOUBLE BARREL SPACE DART GUN - MAKER?A blue bulbous plastic space gun with a retro styled rear fin. Two ribbed red plastic barrels, similar to those on Japanese rayguns. Unusually the gun has two barrels that shoot rubber tipped darts. The two darts are fired simultaneously. The gun has yellow plastic panels with molded space scenes in the stock. Name? Box? Maker? Aug 29, 2014
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SPACE ROCKET MF 108 - MAKER? - CHINAJet plane style tin lithographed rocket ship. The silver friction rocket has rear wings and smaller wings at the front. A pilot sits under a canopy that springs open when the rocket hits an obstacle. Marked Satellite MF-108, and the number 1070 is printed on the tail fin. Friction sparking action. The box carries a Foreign logo which suggests it is an earlier production.

Aug 29, 2014
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ESPACIAL FIRE DEPARTMENT ROCKET - VISPA - ARGENTINAComical lithographed tin friction rocket with a vinyl fireman's head. One version is white and blue (and probably intended to be police themed), the other is red and blue. Marked VISPA on the tail fin. These are direct copies of the Yone Fire Department Rocket. 15cm Box?Aug 29, 2014
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FIRE DEPARTMENT ROCKET - YONE - JAPANA reworking of the popular Yoneya Jumping Rocket design. This is a comical lithographed tin friction rocket with a vinyl fireman's head. Red and blue with a FD badge on the front and on the tail fin. Box?Aug 29, 2014
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MAI 9 ROCKET - MAKER? - ROMANIAA green tin lithographed rocket with red and black detailing. Litho cockpit. Marked 'MAI' 9 in a circle on the top. There is a serial number on the side which indicates a possible date of 1979. Friction action: two drive wheels and a small plastic tail wheel. Sometimes referred to as Strato Plane. Box?Aug 29, 2014
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ROCKET DOUBLE BARREL SPACE RIFLE - MAKER? - JAPAN?This early double barrel rifle is predominantly wood with tin barrels and colorful decorative tin panels with space graphics on either side. The word ROCKET and an image of a rocket appear on the sides of the barrels. There is a lever on each side which is pulled back to cock the mechanism. 12.5" 32cm Box? Maker?Aug 28, 2014
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JET CAR - CRAGSTAN - JAPANAn early lithographed tinplate Japanese space car. Marked Cragstan on the side. 4" 10cm Friction drive. Predominantly blue with red and yellow details. Marked JET CAR and Cragstan.

This is the same pressing as the King Jet Space Car. 1950s. Probably sold in trade boxes.
Aug 28, 2014
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BATTERY OPERATED HIGH-WHEEL ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue tin battery operated remote control robot series 5023. 10" 25cm Walks with lighted chest and head. Six visible turning plastic gears. Plastic hands. A wire antenna with a loop slides through the backpack.

The legs and hands are the same as used on the Planet Robot. KO logo and Made in Japan on backpack, the same as the black versions High-wheel Robot.

The remote control battery holder is a rather flimsy blue plastic which often loses the small molded catches that keep it closed.

This 6 gear, battery operated remote control, blue color variation of this robot was produced by Yoshiya and released in 1965 (it features in a 1965 Yoshiya Catalog). The same gear configuration was used for one of the wind up versions.

Aug 27, 2014
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ALIENI SPAZIALE- CHROMOPLASTO - ITALYA set of seven plastic spacemen. These brightly painted figures all have full face helmets or gas masks giving them an alien appearance. Painted in a combination of blue, red and yellow. Most figures carry futuristic space weapons.

The figures were sold in a cylindrical clear plastic display case. A larger hooded central figure was also included.
Aug 25, 2014
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LEGION SPAZIALE - MAKER? - ITALYA carded set of 45mm hard plastic figures in four poses. The cards contain a random selection of five figures from the four Archer-Premier poses. The quality of these figures is rather variable. The plastic varies enormously in color and definition. They are the specific Tudor Rose combination of poses. The angle of the pistol carrying figure has been altered. Maker and source are unknown but these have appeared in some quantity recently. The name, Space Legion, suggests an Italian origin. The best feature of this set is the backing card with a well drawn space landscape.Aug 25, 2014
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COSMIC ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSo far only an entry in the 1979 Horikawa catalog, this probably was not produced. This unusual light blue plastic battery operated robot has Sharpshooter style feet with an orange domed squat body. Panel with three windows in the chest. 8.5"Aug 25, 2014
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COMANDOS DEL ESPACIO - REAMSA - SPAINFour plastic figures, a combination of Archer and Premier poses. 4.8cm. Each figure has a clear plastic helmet. These figures do not have bases, unlike an earlier Reamsa set. Items #39 #40 #41 and #42 in the Reamsa catalog. Sold with header card.

Note: the rifle held by #39 does not extend above the shoulder.
Aug 25, 2014
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DESTINATION MOON SET - LIDO - USAA bagged set of space figures and spaceships. The set comprises four Lido spacemen, three spacecraft two large rocket launchers with rocket missiles and other equipment.

The set references the 1950 film Destination Moon, though there is no suggestion that this is authorised merchandise.
Aug 18, 2014
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VIDEO SPACE FLASH RAY BUZZER GUN - MAKER? - USAIt is possible that this gun was never released, but it appears in a the 1952 Blackwell-Wielandy catalog. The bronze colored plastic battery operated space flashlight gun has several unusual features: a wheel-like structure at the back, a series of coils or springs around the barrel, a jet rocket mounted on top and a sliding device in the lens housing. 9"

Box? Photo?
Aug 18, 2014
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ROCKET SHIP KIT - ARCHER - USAA winged V-2 style plastic rocket ship kit comprising nine pieces. The box back includes a cut-out of a launching platform. Window box 7"x15". The cut-out accounts for the destruction of many of the boxes. The similarity of the rocket to the one in the 1950 film Destination Moon is perhaps no coincidence. The ROCKET SHIP AND SPACE MEN SET is featured in the Blackwell Wielandy catalog for 1952.

The rocket was offered in other elusive combinations with Archer figures.
SPACE MEN AND ROCKET SHIP KIT - the seven original Archer figures plus rocket in a window box.
ROCKET SHIP AND SPACE MEN - five figures and rocket in a window box.
Aug 18, 2014
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MEN OF MARS - ARCHER - USAArcher redesigned their original six figures (not including the robot) to create the Men of Mars set. The figures now have ridges on the helmets, exaggerated shoulder and elbow pads, and wide topped boots. The figures have no helmets. They are molded in hard plastic. Each figure comes with a red vinyl weapon and a yellow vinyl Astro-pac.

Apart from the styling the main innovation is the redesign of the figures with a slot hand, to allow the hands to hold separate weapons.

There were three sizes of set:
#719 One figure, two weapons and two Astro-Pacs. Bagged with header card
#749 Three figures, three weapons and three Astro-Pacs. Window box.
#798 Six figures, six weapons and six Astro-Pacs. Window box.

Note: high quality examples are emerging from Mexico. It is still unclear whether these are genuine old examples or re-issues.
Aug 18, 2014
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SATELLITE MEN - ARCHER - USAA re-mold of the Men of Mars figures in soft plastic. (the empty handed figure is not pictured). The set is bagged with a header card entitled "The Satellite Men". These are the figures with the helmet crests, the exaggerated shoulder and elbow pads and the wide topped boots. The open hands allow the fitting of the weapons.

Red, green and light blue colors rather than the metallic colors of the earlier figures. All come with black vinyl Astro-pacs and "the latest scientific weapons", also in black vinyl. The figures do not have helmets.

There were eight figures per bag: that added up to 24 separate items.


R-500 1954-1955
Aug 18, 2014
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LAZER-BLAZER - MATTEL - USAA very large (26", 65cm) plastic bazooka gun. This is a life-size version of the Mat Mason Chemical Gun. Battery operated light action; a crank on the side generates the sound. This gun did not go into production and was only released in small numbers to test the market. 1965Aug 18, 2014
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SPACE GUN - MAKER? - SPAINA hard plastic space gun with eccentric curved styling. One side is red and the other is yellow. There is a lightning bolt on both sides. It measures 5" 12cm long, and has a red transparent trigger. The short barrel widens considerably at the end and is tipped with a relatively large sight.

This "Zoomeray" style gun fires a transparent celluloid coil. When the trigger is pulled it pushes a firing rod out the back of the gun. When it reaches a certain point, it releases the spring loaded rod, which hits a similar plastic tack, with a wide head, attached to the center of the coil. The coil ejects about 2 inches from the barrel then returns instantly. I gives the impression of a red flash from the barrel.

Pistola espacial
Aug 17, 2014
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SMALL SPACEMEN - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDTudor Rose produced this set in three sizes. This is the small size set. The figures are based on Archer poses with one Premier pose (the spaceman holding the gun up). Hard plastic in a range of metallic colors. The figures came with clear plastic helmets. Sold lose as bin toys.


This specific combination of poses, three Archer, one Premier, is much copied. This is most probably the origin of the group.

Empty arms held out, looking right (Archer)
Rifle held upright in right arm - rifle does not extend above shoulder (Archer)
Empty arms held out, looking forward (Archer)
Pistol held upright in right hand (Premier)
Aug 15, 2014
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