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MONSTER ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot made in the 1980s. Stop and Go with opening top to reveal a lighted dinosaur head very similar to the head of Dino Robot. 9" 23cm. Available in a green and blue body versions with yellow arms and grey legs. Decal with "123" on the chest. This is the original version of this very successful robot design, much copied by other manufacturers.

The blue version has the logo SH on the box. Some green versions have SH on a side panel, though others have an Alps logo. The green version is described as new in the 1985 SH catalog. All SH robots are stamped "Japan" on the battery door.
Jul 30, 2014
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GALAXY ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe first of a new wave of robots with a futuristic humanoid shape. These robots are characterised by their rounded lines, large feet and human features. Available in red/white blue and in chromed metal plastic. Comes with a separate gun and shield. Decal stickers for the robot and the shield.

This robot appears in the 1985 and 1986 SH catalog where it is shown in red and black. Original Horikawa versions have "Japan" marked on the battery door and have the SH logo on box. This was most probably made by Marumiya.
Jul 30, 2014
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M-27 SPACE TANK - MASUDAYA - JAPANA tin a nd plastic space tank. Bright blue lithographed tin upper with a blue plastic base. The traditional design of tanks has detailed grey plastic tracks. Battery operated remote control steered movement. Shoots plastic rubber-tipped rocket darts. Japanese market box. 10" 25cm 1970s? Date?Jul 27, 2014
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SPACE SCOOTER, SNOOPY - AMICO/MASUDAYA - JAPANA large metallic blue lithographed tin and plastic battery operated space scooter. The scooter is ridden by a large tinbeagle with vinyl helmet and backpack. This is a Snoopy from Peatnuts knock-off. Unauthorised, making use of the existing boy astronaut version of the toy.

Two color versions of the spacesuit: yellow and blue.

Bump and go mystery action. First released by Masudaya, later by Amico.

Possibly inspired by Fireball XL-5
Jul 26, 2014
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SPACEJET CAR - MAKER - JAPANSmall tin friction space car. Blue, red and yellow litho with white a rocket printed on the roof. SpaceJet wording on the front. Space cockpit litho detailing.

See also the Atom XZ-7 version of this toy.

Smith House Auctions
Jul 26, 2014
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ARCTIC MISSILE TRACKING STATION - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large pressed metal Arctic explorer vehicle. This complex vehicle is a massive half-tracked truck with a forward cockpit and an assembly of equipment on a rear platform, including a satellite dish and a jet engine styled attachment on wires. Unusually the front wheel consists of one long roller, presumably to avoid sinking into snow.

Battery operated forward and backward motion.

This is a borderline space toy but its futuristic appearance appeals to many space toy collectors.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
Jul 25, 2014
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BANCOMATICO ROBOT BANK - MAKER? - MEXICOA range of soft plastic money boxes loosely modelled on the large Alps robots. Made for the Banco Nacional de Mexico. Marked BNM in the chest.

Two versions shown. The circular cutout in the head is for coins. Date?
Jul 23, 2014
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OFFICIAL SPACE PATROL ATOMIC PISTOL FLASHLITE - MARX - USA This is a hard plastic classic shape battery operated space gun. Space Patrol Super Beam Signal Gun Plastic flashlight space gun with sight.

The handle is marked Official Space Patrol. This authorised version of the popular Marx flashlight gun was clearly intended to cash in on the popularity of the Space Patrol TV series.

The cylindrical body has an angled stock. Rings surround the barrel and the back of the gun. A short cone shaped telescopic sight is mounted on top. There is a clear plastic lens housing at the front. Red and green lens filters are also included to alter the color of the beam. The gun also makes a click noise. This is a mold used for a range of space guns. 8" 20cm
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A patent for the design was filed in 1952 and issued in 1953. Pat no. 169440
Jul 22, 2014
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MR MACHINE LATER VERSION - IDEAL - USAA large 45cm 18" clear plastic robot with an eccentric design. Visible motor. This is a substantial reworking of the original Mr Machine: the robot can no longer be dismantled. Gone also is the bell, to be replaced by a whistling action: mr Machine actually whistles "This Old Man".

Released in 1978 and at various times in the 1980s.
Jul 20, 2014
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MR MACHINE FIRST VERSION - IDEAL - USAA large 45cm 18" clear plastic robot with an eccentric design. Visible motor. The robot was designed to be dismantled and reassembled. Wind up action. When the toy was wound up it would roll forward swinging its arms and repeatedly ringing a bell mounted on its front. Every few steps it would emit a mechanical "Ah!". Came with a wrench and extra nuts.

The first version was released in 1961. It was later released in a simplified version.

Patent:
Inventor Marvin Glass
Jul 20, 2014
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MARTIAN WATER-BUG GUN - MERCURY PLASTICS - USAAn unusual plastic water pistol. The V-shaped gun consists of a series of connected spheres and a pair of plastic antennas giving it a bug or caterpillar appearance. By moving a lever at the back it is possible to alter the direction of the water jet. Various colors including red and light blue.

There are two package versions. The first is bagged with a large backing card. The later version is bagged with a smaller and simpler header card.

Patented filed in 1954 and published in 1955.
Pat No: 174731
Inventor: Joseph B Barricks
Jul 18, 2014
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GIANT ROBOT FM RADIO - FULL HOUSE - JAPANThis is a later version SH Super Giant Robot that has been altered to create an AM FM radio. The robot is 16" tall and equipped with lighted chest, antenna, tuning knob, and on/off volume knob. The robot dates to around 1981.

Jul 15, 2014
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ROBOT - MAKER? - RUSSIA?A plastic battery operated skirted robot. This is a variation of the later Mister Robot by NGS. Grey body with red arms and skirt. There is a clear rectangular panel in the chest. Bump and go action initiated by pulling the antenna. The eyes flash, as do lights in the chest panel.

Believed to be from the Soviet Union. This example is incomplete; it is likely that there would be a dish antenna and hands. Name? Details? Box?

See also the Ranger Robot and Magnor Robot.



Jul 07, 2014
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ROBOT RAIDERS SPACE ACTION TARGET SET - RAYLINE - USAA plastic pistol style gun with black panels on the handles. Shoots 20 small plastic disks which are loaded into a magazine. Available in various colors: silver, blue green. Date? Blister carded set comes with a Batman-style parachute figure as a target.
Jul 05, 2014
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SPACE PATROL GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGA red plastic version of the Palitoy Cosmic Ray Gun. Blister carded with four plastic spacemen targets. Dart shooting action. Shoots missile tipped darts.Jul 05, 2014
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ZIP ZIP SPACE GUN - MAKER? - USAA die cast metal space gun dating from the early 1950s. The slender grey metal gun has delightful fcooling fin details on the body and a swept back front sight, also with fins.

This is probably an unfinished prototype. There is no firing mechanism.
Jul 05, 2014
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FLASH GORDON SPACE SET - MAKER?A blister carded set of seemingly authorised if rather cheaply constructed Flash Goldon related merchandise including a white plastic space gun. This is another apperance of the Palitoy Cosmic Ray Gun. Bar coded. 1980s?Jul 05, 2014
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DICK TRACY SILENT RAY GUN - MAKER? - USAA large angular black plastic raygun. Marked American Silent Ray. This is a battery operated flashlight gun that accompanied a rotating electric target. Photoelectric cells in the target could register hits from the gun. Though this is a Dick Tracy detective toy it is evidently one of the earliest electronic space guns. Date? Jul 05, 2014
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AUTOMATIC DART GUN - MAKER? - JAPANA large plastic multi-barrelled (four barrel) space gun. Blue handle, silver body holding a number of barrels. Dart firing action. Shoots rubber tipped darts. Blister carded. Manga graphics on the card. Date?

Variations of the gun have been made by Knickerbocker, Co-Ma, Picolo and Selcol
Jul 05, 2014
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S ECRET ULTRA GUN - MAKER? - TAIWANA white plastic space pistol. The gun has a magazine and a distinctive radar dish that fits over the barrel. Cap firing and dart firing action. Bagged with header card. Jul 05, 2014
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THE ATOMIC RAY GUN - AIRFIX - ENGLANDA white plastic battery operated flashlight gun. This is clearly based on the Norton Horner style of flashlight gun: angular design with a large red lens cover. There is a small rear sight but otherwise this is an unambitious copy of the American guns of the time. Better image? Date? c1950s.

Image courtesy toyraygun.com
Jul 05, 2014
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SPACE WATER PISTOL - COMA? - ITALY?Little is known about this stylish small red hard plastic space water pistol. It is based on the Tudor Rose clicker version of the gun but has been altered to allow it to shoot water. It was first located in Italy and the Coma has been suggested as a maker. 6 ins. 1950s.

Details? Box? Packaging? Maker?

Image: toyraygun.com
Jul 05, 2014
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SUNSTAR SPACE GUN - MAKER? - JAPANAn early tin lithographed friction space gun. The small oval green gun is embossed with red stars. In the sides is a circular decoration showing a Sumo wrestler. SUNSTAR pressed into the front of the gun. Friction action with spark. 1950sJul 05, 2014
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P30 STAR GUN - MAKER? - JAPANA black painted tinplate space gun. This gun has some interesting features: a space rocket embossed on the sides, a large brass nozzle and a ring pull at the back. The serial no P30 is pressed into the barrel. I believe this is a water pistol. Maker? Date?Jul 05, 2014
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SPARKLING PISTOL SPACE NAVIGATOR GUN - NOMURA - JAPANSmall early blue, red and yellow tin lithographed space gun. Angular pistol shape with a picture of a spaceman and space rocket on the handle, Space Navigator wording. Friction noise and spark. Plain brown box with paper label - probably. Box? Better image?

Several litho versions of this early 1950s gun are known. Image: toyrayguns.com
Jul 04, 2014
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SPACE SQUIRT GUN - SPAINSmall hard clear plastic space water squirt gun with rubber bulb. The gun has a traditional revolver shape with an unmistakable space shaped barrel. Maker? DetailsJul 04, 2014
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OKA SPACE GUN - OKA - JAPANA simple, early lithographed Japanese tinplate space rifle. The blue painted gun has tin litho panels with space themes. Pop gun acrtion with wooden components. Shoots corks. Box? Early 1950s.

Also shown is a red version of the gun.
Jul 04, 2014
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RAY MATIC TARGET PISTOL - MAKER? - USA?A large red plastic space gun with an angled feeder magazine on top. Plastic balls are loaded into the hopper and are fired from the gun. Blister carded. Details?Jul 04, 2014
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UNDERDOG SPACE GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGThis is an economy release of the Palitoy Cosmic Ray Gun. A white plastic space gun with green trim. Telescopic sight. The spring loaded gun shoots darts tipped with little figures that have parachutes attached. Blister carded. Jul 04, 2014
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SONIC SPACE LASER - CRESCENT - ENGLANDThe Sonic Space Laser gun is based on Lone Star's Cosmic Jet Gun: the earlier design has been adapted to use electronic components. A large blue plastic battery operated space pistol. The unusual design has a large body at the back of the gun with a slender barrel tipped with four fins. Paper decal detailing. 12 in, 31 cm. Produces five electronic sounds.

See also the Space Hero 500-X Laser Gun.
Jul 04, 2014
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SPACE GUN EXPLORER SERIES 1 - MAKER? - JAPANA white plastic space gun that combines a flashlight action with dart firing. The bulky design has a large central flashlight section with a red window at the sides. On top is a second barrel that fires the runner tipped darts. Large trigger guard. Maker? Comes with alien targets.Jul 04, 2014
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SPACE AGE SIREN SIGNAL GUN - MAKER?This is a late appearance of the Siren Stan space gun. Blue and white plastic battery operated flashlight raygun with siren. Maker?Jul 04, 2014
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SPACE GUN WITH SPARKLING - NOMURA - JAPANA lithographed tinplate friction space machine gun. The simple early style of machine gun has a silver body with a wood effect stock. The broad barrel has spark windows set into the sides, with a small nozzle at the end. Friction action with noise and spark. Rosko importer logo. Jul 04, 2014
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SPACE PISTOL - GONHER - SPAINA silver grey hard plastic battery operated space gun. The 19 inch gun has red plastic attachments and a clear red plastic barrel tip. The gun runs on a 9 volt battery: as the trigger is pressed, it actuates a reciprocating system, that activates a ratchet hammer (making the sound) and slides a light bulb-tipped rod, back and forth inside the clear red barrel. Date?

Pistola de juguete a resorte
Jul 04, 2014
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CAPTAIN SCARLET ANTI MYSTERON RIFLE - LONE STAR - ENGLANDA very long space cap firing rifle. At the heart of this gun is the diecast metal pistol. Plastic components have been added at either end to make this imposing gun. The body is red metal with a side grip, at the front is a silver plastic nose assembly and at the rear is black plastic handle. 1968.

Gerry Anderson
Jun 28, 2014
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UNIVERSAL SPARKING RAY GUN - METTOY? - ENGLANDA simple tin lithographed wind up space machine gun. Bright early style graphics. Perforated black barrel. The top of the gun depicts WWI soldiers shooting at tanks with the gun.

Wind up action with noise and spark. 1950s. Possibly Wells or Mettoy.

This is a copy of the early Japanese Universal Gun. Marked Made in Gt Britain.
Jun 28, 2014
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ASTRO-PHASER ELECTRONIC SPACE GUN - MARX - USAMade by Louis Marx Co. The Astro-Phaser is a large, black box-shaped plastic battery operated space gun that produces three electronic sounds. Decal detailing Identical to the Sound O Power gun. 12 inches long.Jun 28, 2014
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XZ-39 LEATHER HOLSTER FOR BUCK ROGERS XZ-38 SPACE GUNLeather holster with a diamond shaped hole. Marked Buck Rogers 25th Cent. Soldd with 30-inch plain belt with plain buckle for the XZ-38 Disintegrator Pistol. Unboxed.

Also sold in a box with the XZ-38 gun as item XZ-40
Jun 28, 2014
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XZ-36 LEATHER HOLSTER FOR BUCK ROGERS XZ-35 SPACE GUNA leather holster with a futuristic styling. Circular hole. Designed to hold the smaller 1934 Wilma Deering ZX-35 space gun. Sold loose, no box. Sold with a belt.Jun 28, 2014
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XZ-33 SUEDE HOLSTER FOR BUCK ROGERS XZ-31 SPACE GUNThe suede holster was sold separately. Came with a belt.Jun 28, 2014
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33 REPEATER SPACE GUN - WYANDOTTE - USARed pressed metal space gun space gun. This is a red painted pressed steel cap gun with rings pressed into the body. Flared muzzle with a large front sight and a telescopic sight. 7" 17cm Pop gun action. Made by All-Metal Products (1936, Wyandotte, Michigan, USA).

This plain muzzle (or non-litho tip) version of the gun is featured in a 1936 catalog. (See inset).

In 1941 Wyandotte released the Z-Z litho tip version of this gun; it has been dated to 1941 in an A&P Food Store advertisement.
Jun 28, 2014
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BUCK ROGERS XZ-35 WILMA ROCKET PISTOL - DAISY MFG - USAThis is the second Buck Rogers space gun. Identical to the ZX-31 in all but size. This is appreciably smaller than its predecessor and is called the Wilma Deering gun. Pressed steel pop gun action. Released in 1934, shortly after the success of the ZX-31. The box is the same, except that it carries the ZX-35 wording. Jun 28, 2014
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BUCK ROGERS XZ-31 ROCKET PISTOL - DAISY MFG - USAThis is the first ever toy space gun. The gun is manufactured from heavy gauge blued steel, a fact that explains why so many have survived. The gun has Art Deco styling with a flared barrel tip and distinctive double ring structure on the top. Pop gun action. Available in plain steel and blued steel versions, though the latter usually loses its finish. Released for Christmas 1934. The gun was a very popular item and stores soon ran out of stock. 9.5" long.

The gun was designed to produce a loud report without firing a cork.

The patent for this gun was granted in July 1935.
Pat No. 2006741
A second more detailed patent was filed soon after
Pat No. 2055900
The inventor was Charles F Lefever
Jun 28, 2014
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SPACE PATROL COSMIC SMOKE GUN (SMALL RED VERSION) - US PLASTICS FOR RALSTON - USASpace Patrol Smoke Gun. Red plastic, 4.5". The gun came preloaded with talc and produced a smoke effect. This was the first, smaller version offered by Ralston in 1952. Note the much shorter barrel than the later version. This was posted in a plain mailing box.

The gun made an appearance in an early episode of "Space Patrol", the powder was supposed to put enemies to sleep.
Jun 28, 2014
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AGENT ZERO-M SONIC BLASTER - MATTEL - USAA very large black plastic bazooka. This was perhaps inspired by the success of the Wham-O air blaster. The bazooka-like air gun is hand-pumped until full, placed on the shoulder, and then fired. It release a concentrated burst of air toward spring-loaded targets accompanied by a booming sound. The gun was considered capable of producing high decibel levels and is now considered dangerous. 1964 Borderline space.Jun 27, 2014
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