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DAN DARE RAY GUN - METTOY - ENGLAND 1951

Large red and yellow tinplate space rifle with Dan Dare in RAF uniform an the Eagle logo on the stock. Spark windows in the barrel tip. Marked "Dan Dare Ray Gun" Friction action with spark: turning the handle produces machine gun noise.

There are two known boxes:
One predominantly blue box depicts Dan Dare in RAF uniform on one side and in a spacesuit on the other. (top)
The other box is predominantly red/yellow.

This rather crude toy is the first Dan Dare space gun. It was announced in the 1st August 1951 issue of "The Eagle". Available exclusively from Marks and Spencer. The gun rapidly sold out. Also featured in the 1953 Mettoy catalog (bottom)