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GALASSIA SPACE GUN - BFG - ITALYA red plastic space gun, though the styling is not obviously space based. This gun is designed to blow bubbles, The box, however, establishes this as a space gun with a depiction of the Italian version of the Phantom in a red costume. (l'Uomo Mascherato). Made by B.F.G. International Plastics S.p.A. MilanoMar 24, 2014
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CLICK-FEU MARTIEN SPACE GUN - RJ - FRANCEThis green plastic space gun is a close copy of the American Ranger Steel Cosmic Ray Gun.

7 1/2 ins long. Trigger produces sparks via an internal flint. In this case there is a metal flint holder instead of the US plastic version. In addition the nose assembly is clear red plastic.
Mar 24, 2014
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HYDRO-JET PISTLO - NU-DELL - USARed plastic angular space water pistol with muzzle rings ana a small rocket shaped sight. Hydro Jet Pistol molded in the sides. 7 ins. There are two distinct version: one with the water tank attached by a tube (the yellow tank has a shoulder strap) and a later tankless version which holds its own water supply.

Made in the 1950's by Nu-Dell Plastics Corp. Chicago, Ill, USA
Mar 24, 2014
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UFO 4 SPITFIRE GUN - MUPI - ITALYLight blue plastic space gun with an open plastic stock. Visible plastic gears. Small red telescopic sight. Paper decals. Friction action with noise and spark. 1970s.Mar 24, 2014
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Patrulla Estelar Lanza Discos - Airgam - SpainGrey plastic space gun. Angular skeletal design. Shoots disks from a cylindrical magazine. Mar 24, 2014
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JET ROCKET V-7 - KOKYU (K LOGO) - JAPANA large (47cm) lithographed tin friction space rocket. Red, white and blue litho with Jet Rocket V-7 wording on the sides. Very similar to the Space Fighter. The version shown here is lacking horizontal rear tail wings. Box?Jan 25, 2014
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COSMONAUT 6 SET SPACE GUN - HONG KONGAn unlicensed copy of the Tudor Rose Atomic Ray Pistol. The blister carded plastic space gun shoots darts. The gun has a plastic molding instead of the red control knobs of the original. In addition the telescopic sight has been reversed. The backing card includes artwork taken from the box of the Lone Star Space Ranger gun; the gun depicted bears no resemblance to the toy in the packaging.

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Jan 13, 2014
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GUARDIANES DEL ESPACIO - GONZALES - SPAINSpanish version of the Thunderbirds series. Plastic space gun finished in gold chrome. There is a prominent red plastic cap on the muzzle. Cap firing action. 22cm long. Packaging? Box?
Dec 24, 2013
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ZETARAY SPACE GUN - PIFCO - ENGLANDPlastic battery operated fashlight space gun. Rounded shape with rear fins and a knurled molding at the back. Seen in metallic gold and metallic blue. Some examples reveal "ghost" traces of the Raydionic Resonator Beam Space Gun wording indicating that it is an adaptation of the Raydionic mold. Date still uncertain.

Dec 19, 2013
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EXPLORER SPACE GUN - MOLGORA - ITALYThis is an angular pistol-like space gun made of metal and tin. The barrel is tipped with two nozzle and a distinctive trigger guard bar connects the stock to the muzzle. The muzzle has a small red sight at the tip. The 23 cm long gun has a silver bare metal finish with red panels. The action is primitive but ingenious: pulling the trigger (a lever along the handle) turns a plastic gear whose teeth snap a thin plate of plywood making a “pop” noise. Explorer Pistola Spaziale. Believed to date from the 1950s.Dec 12, 2013
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MSMG Martian Screaming Missile Gun - Tudor Rose - EnglandA large plastic bazooka style gun. Multi-function: shoots spinners and a whistling grenade missile. The spinners act as targets. Elevating sight on the top. Two color combinations are known, black-blue and black-red. The design formed the basis of the Dalek gun. 31" c late 1950sNov 17, 2013
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MASTER GUN - GEYPER - SPAINPlastic spring driven space gun, Planet Gun variant shoots spinners. This is another appearance the ubiquitous spinner gun. The gun has Master Gun molded on the sides and has a distinctive finned muzzle. The box art and name are similar to the Geyper Master Flying Gun.

Based on the Park Plastics design.
Nov 03, 2013
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ZIRO-ZIP SPACE GUN - TOMY - JAPANThis is a variation of the Siren Stan for the Japanese market. Red and white plastic flashlight raygun with siren - the box shows a blue and white version. The Tomy trademark is molded into the side of the gun. There is a red light at the top front of the gun. 7.5" 19cm Tomy also released the Ultra Space Gun version of this gun.Oct 26, 2013
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NEVADA SPACE GUN - COMA - ITALYA transparent plastic space water gun. The gun has futuristic styling with a slightly bulbous body ringed barrel. Nevada is molded into the sides. The most interesting feature of this gun is the rear dome which contains a small spaceman. Date? Box? Co-MaOct 16, 2013
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AUTOMATIC GUN - TADA - JAPANA large metallic blue battery operated tinplate space rifle with a wood effect stock. The barrel is perforated with orange plastic spark windows. The gun has the word AUTOMATIC prined on the side but no space graphics. The box, however, has a most impressive space battle scene. Oct 09, 2013
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PONG REPEATER PISTOL - PONG REPEATER PISTOL CO - USAThe Pong Repeater Pistol is a painted pressed metal space gun which shoots up to five table tennis balls housed in the upper section. 10" long 7" high. Seen in silver and red versions. Dated to 1950 Box?

Generally considered a space gun because of its unusual styling.
Oct 06, 2013
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SPACE POLICE ATOMIC JET GUN - STEVENS - USASilver die-cast metal cap firing gun. Marked SPACE POLICE on one side, ATOMIC JET on the other. A letter S is marked on the handle. There is a small telescopic sight mounted on the top.

The barrel has distinctive rings around the barrel and vertical moldings on the body that continue this ringed effect. There is a front sight that curves backward. Box?

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Oct 06, 2013
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PYROTOMIC DISINTEGRATOR RIFLE - SIROLITE - PORTUGALThis is a Portugese version of the Pyrotomic Disintegrator Rifle originally made by Pyro. Large (20 inch) hard plastic space rifle, classic futuristic styling in a rather cheap two colored plastic. A number of the moldings have been created as individual components and glued in place. There are three vents near the front, unlike the four vents of the Pyro original. (Examples with four vents have been seen.) Numerous color combinations are known. Turning the crank causes the reciprocating barrel to recoil with a loud noise. Shipped in plain cardboard boxes.

The Pyro original featured in the May 1953 issue of "Chain Store Magazine".
Sep 30, 2013
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SPACE ADVENTURE - YOSHIYA - JAPANSilver tinplate friction Robby. Black arms with red claw tin hands. Clear plastic dome revealing a spinner beneath. This is a version of the Space Trooper, distinctive because of its silver color. It's rarity suggests that it may have been a salesman's sample with a first design box. Certainly the name "Space Adventure" is unique. Circa 1955. Crank operated robot travels forward as the antenna inside the dome turns. Wheels in the base allow the robot to move but they are not eccentric and do not give the robot the waddling walk of the regular Space Trooper.Sep 25, 2013
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GET SMART HEADQUARTERS SIGNAL RAY GUN - MARX - USAA Get Smart TV related release of the Marx ATOMIC PISTOL FLASHLITE. This is a blue hard plastic classic shape battery operated space gun.

The handle has an Agent 86 decal

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. The gun is marked Super Beam Signal Ray. This is a mold used for a range of space guns. 8" 20cm The card carries the date 1966.
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Sep 10, 2013
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PATRULLA DEL ESPACIO PISTOLA ATOMICA (SPACE PATROL ATOMIC PISTOL) - PLASTIMARX - MEXICOA Mexican release of the Marx ATOMIC PISTOL FLASHLITE. This is a hard plastic classic shape battery operated space gun. Made by Plastimarx, the Mexican Marx subsidiary.

The handle has no markings.

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. The gun is marked Super Beam Signal Ray. Seen in red. This is a mold used for a range of space guns. 8" 20cm
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Sep 10, 2013
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MECHANICAL ROBOT (WIND UP EASEL BACK ROBOT) - LINEMAR - JAPANTinplate lithographed wind up easel back Circa 1957. Advances with stepping motion. Rectangular chest design with red circle containing two lightning flashes.

This is virtually identical to the Yonezawa version except that the robot has a Linemar logo on the back and comes in a front door (One piece) box also with a Linemar logo.

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Sep 09, 2013
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MECHANICAL ROBOT - (RIVET WIND UP EASEL BACK ROBOT) LINEMAR - JAPANLithographed wind up tinplate Easelback robot. Advances with stepping motion. Light blue version with rivet details, a circular yellow chest panel, dial, and black backpack with lightning flash. 6" tall. Sometimes known as the Polkadot Robot.

Two slight variations are known: red v black ears, lLightning strike backpack v plain black backpack.

The box art depicts the robot's rivet detailing. It does not have a Linemar logo on the front but carries the company's slogan on the end panel. It is a "front door" box, that is the box opens via an end flap, rather that being a two part box.
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Sep 09, 2013
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SPACE SQUIRT GUN - ITALY?Small hard plastic space water squirt gun with rubber bulb. Intricate molding with fins and decortive trigger. Probably Italian. Colors include red and yellow.Aug 31, 2013
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MARZIANA SPACE PISTOL - COMA - ITALYHard metallic plastic space gun water pistol with impressive retro style detailing including a domed back with arched extensions and ring molding around the barrel. The gun is very similar to the Coma Astrale gun, but the detailing is quite different.

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Aug 29, 2013
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SPACEMAN WATER GUN - BELL TOYS - ENGLANDThis is a UK copy of the US Park Plastics Squirt Ray Water Gun packaged in a small card box with early space graphics.
A 5-1/2" 13cm bulbous plastic water gun. It has a rubber stopper and brass tip. The trigger is fully enclosed. There is a distinctive flat top with a small rear fin. Lightning flash molded in the sides.

This must postdate the Park's original, the earliest sighting of which is in the Park's Catalog for 1957. (inset)
Aug 29, 2013
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SPACE POLICE GUN - KLEEWARE - ENGLANDA small red hard plastic space clicker gun. The gun has an angular box-shaped ribbed with body with a slender barrel with a round tip. Marked Space Police. Saturn, stars and comet moled into the handle. 1950s Box?Aug 10, 2013
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SPACE STATION X-2 - YONEZAWA - JAPANYonezawa did not make many flying saucers and this is one of their few examples, a battery operated tin and plastic saucer with a central white plastic color dome. Around the edges are four clear plastic windows revealing plastic spacemen and engines. Bump and go action with flashing lights and noise. 8" 16cm diameter. Marked 3507. Yonezawa were never much good at creating flying saucers and it has to be said that this is a pale imitation of the Horikawa classic. Aug 06, 2013
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TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET ATOMIC PISTOL FLASHLITE - MARX - USABlue plastic flashlight space gun with sight.

The handle is marked Space Cadet.

This is a hard plastic classic shape battery operated space gun. 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. Available in a range of colors: gold, silver, red, blue. 8" 20cm long. Comes with a small packet of red and green lens filters to alter the color of the beam. The gun also makes a click noise. Date? 1952? Tom Corbett. This gun clearly did have batteries included, and they're customised. flashlight
Aug 03, 2013
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THE ASTRONAUT MARS PIONEER - HONG KONGThe partner of the Lunar Explorer. This plastic wind up stepover astronaut is clearly inspired by the Apollo program. The orange astronaut with oxygen tanks has a comic look which contrasts with the serious artwork on the box. Walking action with moving arms. The other unusual feature of this robot is the triangular window box with artwork for this version of the toy on one panel and artwork for the Lunar Explorer on another panel: they shared the same box.Jul 29, 2013
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THE ASTRONAUT LUNAR EXPLORER - HONG KONGThe partner of the Mars Pioneer. This plastic wind up stepover astronaut is clearly inspired by the Apollo program. The white astronaut has a comic look which contrasts with the serious artwork on the box. Walking action with moving arms. The other unusual feature of this robot is the triangular window box with artwork for this version of the toy on one panel and artwork for the Mars Pioneer on another panel: they shared the same box. Jul 29, 2013
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XYZ ROCKET - SUZUKI? - JAPANA very small (7.5cm) early tin friction rocket. Red and green-blue with litho cockpit details. XYZ on one side, Rocket on the other. Three small fins. The wheels are nearer to the back. Probably sold in trade boxes. See the V-3 rocket. Japan Jul 29, 2013
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ESTACION ESPACIAL SPACE STATION - GOFAR - SPAINA most unusual battery operated tin and metal space toy consisting of a 48cm cast metal rocket which acts as a central turret. A bar is suspended from the turret with a plane at one end and a counterweight at the other. A battery control box allows the plane to circle at variable speed. The box art is particularly attractive. Manufactured by Gofar Producciones SA Valencia.

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Jul 29, 2013
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SPACE ROCKET RANGER-7 - YONEZAWA - JAPANA variation of the Fire Rocket X-0077, a cross between a space rocket and jet plane. Two pilots under a clear plastic canopy.
A blue and red lithographed tin friction rocket. 38cm long. The large fins resemble wings. Marked R-7. Spark windows surround the rear exhaust. Circa 1960. Advances with siren and spark.
Jul 26, 2013
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ZOOMING SATELLITE - GAMA - W GERMANYAn unusual lithographed tin wind up space toy comprising a tin Earth globe sitting on a metal tripod. A satellite, or plastic ball, is attached to the globe and the whole assembly spins. The satellite starts next to the Earth then moves away to its full extent then returns. I'm not aware of any other space toy that has anything like this action. This appears as item number 825 in the 1958 Gama catalog.Jul 25, 2013
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SPACE PROJECTILE GUN - MAKER? - ENGLANDA blue hard plastic space gun with rounded lines. This gun has a distinctive globe shaped barrel with a flared trumpet shaped yellow muzzle. There's a fin running the length of the top and a small solid sight at the back. The gun shoots darts. 1950s. Jul 22, 2013
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SPACE CONTROL GUN - RELIABLE - CANADAThis is a copy of the Pyro gun but it does not have the small fin on the top. (It's possible that this catalog photo is not an accurate representation of the gun)

5" (12.5cm) hard plastic clicker gun with distinctive futuristic styling. Available in a range of colors. The wording SPACE CONTROL is molded into the side along with stars and Saturn. The handle has a backward sweep, there is plenty of rib detailing but according to the photo there is no tiny fin above the trigger.

This gun appears in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. Sold in trade boxes.
Jul 21, 2013
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WASSERSPRITZPISTOLE SPACE WATER PISTOL - GEOBRA - W GERMANYA tansparent plastic space water pistol. This gun appears to be based on thr Rex Mars Planet Patrol by Marx. It also has features seen on the Mars water gun by Mak's, H.K. The gun has a classic shape with with rings on the barrel, fins on the muzzle and lines on the body. A small telescopic sight is mounted at the back.

Picture? Box? This gun features in the Geobra 1957 catalog.
Jul 21, 2013
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SIREN GUN - RELIABLE - CANADAThis is the same gun as the Man O Mars Screech Gun by Ideal. It is not clear if this is one of Reliable's own creations or a resale of the Ideal model. A version with a Reliable logo has not been identified.

A futuristic style hard plastic space gun. There's a distinctive cylindrical structure on the top which holds the friction driven siren mechanism 7" Produced in several colors. Sold in trade boxes.

First sighting in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog.
Jul 21, 2013
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ATOMIC WATER GUN (BICYCLE WATER PISTOL) - RELIABLE PLASTICS CO - CANADAA hard plastic brass tipped space water gun, a cross between a pistol and a more classic shape with rings on the muzzle and ribs on the side. 8" 16cm . This gun has a small enclosed trigger. The gun has a ball lever extending down in front of the trigger. This would fit into a clamp and allow the gun to be fixed to a bicycle's handlebars. There is an R in a circle molded into the side. There are several color versions.

First sighting is currently in the 1954 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. The gun is an adaptation of the Atomic Water Pistol that came out the year before. Sold in a polythene bag with a header card.
Jul 21, 2013
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ATOMIC WATER PISTOL - RELIABLE - CANADAA hard plastic space water gun, a cross between a pistol and a more classic shape with rings on the muzzle and ribs on the side. 8" 16cm . This gun has a small enclosed trigger. There is an R in a circle molded into the side and black detailing of parts. There are several color versions.

First sighting is currently in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. Sold in trade boxes.

Jul 20, 2013
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DINO ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBy any standards this is a classic robot. At first sight this is a large, boxy tin and plastic black-brown battery operated robot with a little litho detailing. As soon as it is switched on, however, it undergoes an impressive transformation as the head spits in two to reveal a lighted, roaring dinosaur head. The heads snap shut, and the robot walks on. The transformation had been attempted before but never with such success or with such an unlikely subject. It is a design that has been much copied but never bettered. 11" 28cm No firm date yet, but around 1970.

This has been reproduced in the original colors and in green. Reproductions have a serial number stamped into the plastic head shells. In addition the plastic heads have a distinctive molding line running around the eyes and mouth. Reproductions do not have this.
Jul 20, 2013
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ROBOT RO-2 BUCKET HEAD - MLADOST - BULGARIAOne of three versions of the plastic battery operated stepover robot from Bulgaria. The robot is made of a variety of colors of plastic. The three robots have several parts in common. 7" (17cm) Bulgarian, Soviet, Made by Mladost. 1980s

This robot has distinctive arched feet and the conical head.

The three robots have no specific names and are usually referred to as Cyclops, Bucket Head and Big Ears. They were sold in a generic picture box or window box.
Jul 20, 2013
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ULTRA ACE SPACE GUN - TOMY - JAPANThis is a variation of the Siren Stan for the Japanese market. Blue and white plastic flashlight raygun with siren. Window box with Ultraman graphics. The Tomy trademark is molded into the side of the gun. There's also a cord or lanyard attached to the handle. There is a light at the top front of the gun. Tomy also released the Ziro-Zip version of this gun.Jul 19, 2013
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MAGIC RAY GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGAnother version of the Magic Gun but without the red light in the sight, and with a siren. This gun has a dial set into the bottom of the handle. The box has a Morse Code guide. Probably made by W in a Circle logo company.

Black plastic battery operated flashlight space gun. Red plastic lens housing and a large red plastic rocket shaped sight. White knob on side. Comes in a shaped box.

Space gun based on the Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Sonic Ray. Without fins.

The first sighting so far is in the 1969 M.W. Kasch Distributor Catalog
Jul 18, 2013
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GOLDEN PLASTIC SPACE OUTLAW GUN - GOLDEN PLASTIC - ITALYA hard plastic space gun based on the BSM Space Outlaw design. Shoots darts. 13" 17cm Marked Golden Plastic Milano Box? Date?

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Jul 18, 2013
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PILOTO DEL ESPACIO REVOLVER SUPER SONICO - SH - ARGENTINAThis is an Argentinian release of the English Space Pilot 3-Colour Super-Sonic Gun by Merit. The big difference is the silver grey color of the plastic. The box is also a straight copy with just a translation of the wording. Grey plastic space gun with flared red plastic lens assembly. Battery operated flashlight with three color lens. The gun has a distinctive red rocket shaped telescopic sight. There are also plastic rocket shaped attachments on either side. Plastic prongs at the back of the barrel. The box attributes many spurious functions to various moldings on the toy. SH Logo.

Argentine space gun based on the Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Super Sonic Ray.
Jul 18, 2013
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ROBOTINA - JEFE - SPAINThis is the female counterpart of Jefe's Robotino. Extremely large (23 inch) plastic battery operated remote control. The light blue dome shaped robot combines head and body in one piece. There's a sort of face consisting of a grille and a pair of eyes. It stands on substantial red legs. The robot has various accessories to drive home its female character: apron, cap etc. The ears are particularly unusual cross shaped designs.

Jugetes Espaciales written on the remote. The remote control has 4 buttons, 2 green and 2 red. The green button makes one set of wheels move and the eyes light. The red buttons make the wheels move backwards. The hands can be opened and closed by a lever. Spain. There is as yet no firm date for this robot.
Jul 15, 2013
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ATOMIC INTERPLANETAIRE JUNIOR - MAKER? - FRANCEThis is a French copy of the Stevens Jet Junior Space Cap Gun. Silver metal cap firing gun, 6" 15cm long. The left grip swings away to reveal the cap chamber.

The box title makes ambitious claims about the electronic. It is the same box as the one for the other version of this gun.
Jul 10, 2013
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SENSACIONAL PISTOLA LANZA BOLAS - MAKER? - SPAINA yellow plastic space gun. The name translates as Sensational Ball Shooting Gun. The gun has a magazine on the top that accepts a number of the plastic balls and a hinged red end cap holds them in place. The balls drop into a flared muzzle and a spring loaded mechanism allows them to be fired. The box has particularly attractive vintage space graphics of rockets and flying saucers flying over a space landscape.Maker? Date? Jul 10, 2013
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