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ATOMIC RAY PISTOL - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDPlastic space gun in bronze or silver-blue and green versions. Shoots a distinctive dart with a forked tail. An elastic band runs top to bottom inside the barrel, just behind the rings - the band actually sticks out of the gun and attaches to small pegs. The dart has that "claw" bit in the rear because it wraps around the rubber band, drawing it back, and then the dart clicks into place. When the trigger is pulled, the dart launches out of the gun. The whole dart actually slides into the barrel -- nothing sticking out, unlike most guns, which leave the front suction cup exposed. English

The gun is decorated with red plastic dials that turn, and other non-working levers. Sold on a brightly decorated backing card, in a bag with an additional header card. The graphics are intentionally similar to Dan.Dare.

A version of the gun in silver with blue control knobs is known. It does not have the Tudor Rose maker's mark. It may be an Australian release. See also the French Le Pistolet Atomic version.
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BABY SPACE GUN - DAIYA - JAPANA small (6" 15cm) blue and red tin lithographed space gun with spark windows at base of barrel. Serial no 577001. Friction action with sound and spark. There is a large green Space Rescue spaceship printed on the side of the gun.

There are two versions of this gun:
Top: lighter blue with three long oval spark windows on each side of the barrel. Usually seen in the box with the astronaut with Z-7 on his helmet and the gun held at an angle. This is most likely the earlier version.
Bottom: darker blue with one circular spark window (and a dummy one) on each side of the barrel. Usually seen in the box with much simpler artwork and with the astronaut holding the gun horizontally.

The first sighting is currently the 1960 Eaton's Christmas catalog.

The spaceship litho on the side of the gun is a direct copy of the spaceship on a Dan Dare trading card made by Calvert.



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DAN DARE AQUA-JET GUN - LONE STAR DCMT - ENGLANDEnglish copy of the Futuristic Products Co Strato Gun. Made by Lone Star, DCMT. This is a chrome silver plastic water pistol space gun with sight. Dan Dare Aqua Jet molded into the handle.

Lone Star created their own molds based on the Futuristic Products Strato Gun. The three round details on the gun are their own contribution. Featured in trade catalogs for 1954. Introduced in the Eagle 6:27 in July 1955.

Described as a Water Jet Repeater. Also available in other colors: purple
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DAN DARE ATOMIC JET GUN - DCMT - ENGLANDThere are two versions of this space water gun, both sharing the same box.

First Version (top)
Red diecast metal space water gun. The gun is a re-packaged ATOMIC JET GUN by DCMT which in turn is a reworking of the original Hiller design. The simple addition of a Dan Dare decal to the top is the only change. Dan Dare was depicted using this version of the gun in the Eagle Comic.

Second Version (bottom)
This is a substantial redesign using hard plastic components. Large DAN DARE wording printed on the top. There is a black rubber plug at the back of the reservoir.
The Atomic Jet wording is still present on the sides of the gun. The barrel position has been moved lower and is now part of the trigger. The gun's trigger has been redesigned: it is now yellow plastic and has an additional rod to improve the robustness of the action.

The gun was first announced in the Eagle comic in August 1952. DCMT also traded as Crescent Toys.
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DAN DARE COSMIC RAY GUN - PALITOY - ENGLANDRed plastic space gun with flashlight operation. The gun has a large chrome plastic lens housing at the fron and a long telescopic sight. Three color filters can be adjusted to alter the beam. Battery operated. A secret compartment is located in the handle. There is also a yellow version. The box insert draws attention to a number of rather fanciful features. This gun has been widely copied in a variety of guises.

On sale in Late 1953.
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DAN DARE PLANET GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDThe original Dan Dare 1950s (and well into the 60s) issue of the small plastic space gun with three spinners. Green and red versions with black plastic spring assemblies. The guns carry the Planet Gun wording and the Dan Dare name and logo ( a circle with a vertical oval inside). The guns have distinctive side bumps suggesting fins. This version has a small rear fin, smooth handle and concave trigger. Based on the US Plastic design.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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DAN DARE RADIO STATION - MERIT - ENGLANDBased on the Remco Radio Station. This is a large plastic battery-operated radio station with large towers on either side. A working searchlight sits between them. In the center is a meter with moving needle and on either side are dials. Morse buzzer at the bottom right, and notepad on the left.

The set came with two electrically operated walkie talky handsets, Black and red versions of the handsets are known. Remco QX-2 design with three additional decorative buttons.

Two box versions are known. The earlier (top) is closer to the Remco original. The later (bottom) version uses brighter colors. This well-packed toy survives in large numbers.
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DAN DARE RAY GUN - METTOY - ENGLAND 1951Large 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. The more common box is predominantly red/yellow. The second is box is predominantly blue. It depicts Dan Dare in RAF uniform on one side and in a spacesuit on the other. It is possible that this is the box for the Australian release.

This is the first the Dan Dare space guns. 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)
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DAN DARE ROCKET GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDBlack plastic raygun embossed with Dan Dare wording. Rounded design with oval side moldings. Flared barrel tip. Shoots darts. Produced in black silver and gold - red has also been seen.

Based on the US Plastic Space Patrol Rocket Dart Gun. Introduced in the Eagle 3:35 in December 1952, available exclusively from Marks & Spencer.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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DAN DARE ROTO - METTOY - ENGLANDGame based on a plastic spinner launching toy. Pulling a string attached to the hand set launched the large plastic spinner. The set included targets.

Item No 8125 in the 1955 Mettoy catalogue. Sold on a header card. Photo?

There were two versions of this toy.
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DAN DARE SPACE GUN - LONE STAR DCMT - ENGLANDMetal diecast gun, spray pain finish. Cap firing action. The mold was used by Lone Star for a wide range of TV based space guns. The red version is associated with the 1950s box and has Dan Dare molded into the gun. Featured in trade catalogs for 1954 eg "Playthings and Hobbies 1954-55". Introduced in the Eagle 6:27 in July 1955. This is the first appearance of this much copied diecast gun.

The metallic blue version has a Dan Dare decal. The date of the blue version, and the box it came in are not yet established.
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DAN DARE SPACE PATROL PLANE - METTOY? - ENGLANDA brightly lithographed red tinplate airplane with detachable wing. Friction action with spark. Plastic propellor.

Though the plane does not have Dan Dare wording Space Patrol is printed on the wings. The litho in the cockpit depicts characters clearly intended to be Dan Dare in RAF uniform. Box. Maker not established but likely to be Wells Brimtoy or possibly Mettoy. 35cm. Date? Box?
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DAN DARE WALKIE-TALKIE SET - MERIT - ENGLANDMerit England, plastic electronic walkie talkie set. Black and red plastic handsets with three function buttons. The devices are claimed to work using "magnetic power" not batteries. Set No Set No 3100. Red versions with black trim are also known, but are less common. A Morse code card was also included.

Remco QX-2 design with three additional decorative buttons.

Advertised in the Meccano Magazine May 1954.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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FIREBALL XL5 ROCKET GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDBlack plastic raygun shoots darts. This is based on the Dan Dare Rocket Gun (which in turn is based on the US Plastic Space Patrol Rocket Gun) though the wording embossed on the gun is Fireball XL5. The handle retains its Dan Dare badge logo. Two red plastic message-carrying darts are included.

The gun is featured in the 1966 Austin Davis of Sheffield Christmas Gifts catalogue. Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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FIREBIRD - METTOY - ENGLANDSilver lithographed tin friction space rocket. Litho window detailing. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings. RAF markings. Based on the Automatic Toy Co original design. Screaming action. The pressing was also used for the Dan Dare rocket. England
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JACK DAN SPACE GUN - JADALI - FRANCEDie-cast futuristic space gun with telescopic sight and a distinctive saw toothed fins on the barrel, This is a version of the Lone Star Dan Dare gun adapted for the French market. Metallic green and metallic blue versions. Jack Dan is a contraction of Jacques et Daniel, the founders of Jadali. Marked "Creacion Jadali" below the sight. Red, blue, green and bare metal versions. The box art is significantly different from the Lone Star original.

Also shown it the Spanish language box also produced by Jadali. The Spanish box uses the same artwork as the original Dan Dare Lone Star version.

The box is essentially the same as the Dan Dare version with just a change of name. Date? 1950s.
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LONE STAR AQUA-JET GUN - LONE STAR DCMT - ENGLANDThis transparent orange plastic space water gun is a later release of the Dan Dare Aqua-Jet without the Dan Dare licensing. The wording Dan Dare has been removed from the stock and replaced with Lone Star. It is a copy Futuristic Products Co Strato Gun. Made by Lone Star, DCMT. This is a chrome silver plastic water pistol space gun with sight.

Lone Star created their own molds based on the Futuristic Products Strato Gun. The three round details on the gun are their own contribution.

Box? Packaging? Date?
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MASTER FLYING LA SUPERPERFORADORA DEL ESPACIO - GEYPER - SPAINA delightful and unique combination of flying saucer and space gun. The gun comprises a circular plastic flying saucer with a central dome. Inside are two astronauts and antennas. The saucer has a plastic handle attached to the base so that it can be held in the hand. The saucer has two large engines which accept spring loaded spinners. The set comes with a pair of space goggles.

Seen in grey and light blue versions. The box has Dan Dare inspired artwork which adds to its charm. Geyper's advertising dates this to 1954-6. Superperforadora translates loosely as "Super Punch".
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MASTER GUN - GEYPER - SPAINPlastic spring driven space gun, 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. The art work owes much to the Dan Dare Planet Gun.

There are two box versions, both with the same picture though the style of drawing alters. The top version has a harsher, comic book look while the lower (probably the older) has a more naturalistic style.

Based on the US Plastic spinner design.
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PLANET GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDLate picture box issue of the small plastic space gun with spinners. Green and red versions with black plastic spring assemblies. The guns still carry the Planet Gun wording and the Dan Dare wording and logo from the 1950s Dan Dare Planet Gun, long after the license had expired. It is impossible to distinguish between the old and the new guns. This version has a small rear fin, smooth handle and concave trigger. Based on the US Plastic spinner design.

Still listed in the Merit catalogue for 1977. Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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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 with ribs on the side and a telescopic sight. The box is based on the early version of the Merit Dan Dare Planet Gun box. Date?

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

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ROCKETS - GLEVUM GAMES - ENGLANDA target game with a space themed box. Balls are flipped onto a target board using spring-loaded wooden tubes. The basis of the later Dan Dare Roll-A-Ball game.

Glevum Games was taken over by Chad Valley in 1954 and closed in 1956.
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SPACE BAGATELLES - CHAD VALLEY? - ENGLANDWooden bagatelle pinball. Three versions of the wooden bagatelle game.
1 Unnamed, no maker's name, striking space graphics look older in style.
2 Man in Space, marked Chad Valley, more modern graphics. 1960s
3 Dan Dare Bagatelle. Chad Valley. 1950s
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SPACE PILOT 3-COLOUR SUPER-SONIC GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDBlack plastic space gun with flared red plastic lens assembly. Battery operated flashlight with three color lens. The gun has a distinctive green rocket shaped telescopic sight. There are also plastic rocket shaped attachments on either side; these can be in red, yellow or green.

Plastic prongs at the back of the barrel. Two sets of fins on the barrel. The box attributes many spurious functions to various moldings on the toy. The artwork is a classic Dan Dare scene but his name is not used: it may have been produced in anticipation of a deal. The first sighting of the gun is in the Meccano Magazine for January 1954 1954. It was offered as a prize in a 1955 TV Comic, along with a set of Magic Space Glasses.

The gun was still listed in the Merit catalogue for 1977.

English space gun based on the Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Super Sonic Ray.

Supersonic, color
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SPACE PILOT MISSILE GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDSilver plastic space gun. Shoots plastic "safety" darts, cocked by pulling plunger from the back. The gun has a working compass on the top. Velocity dial. The gun follows the English habit of having mock dials with elaborate but non functioning settings: one side has a green dial with planet names, the other has a blue dial with number settings. The depiction of a spaceman on the box art is deliberately similar to Dan.Dare and the gun has much in common with the Rocket Dart Gun, including the message carrying darts. English c1954.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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SPACE PROJECTOR WITH DAN DARE FILM - MERIT - ENGLANDBattery powered silver plastic space gun projects a 33 frame Dan Dare film strip. The unusual film strip projector gun. Merit had earlier produced 16mm filmstrips of Dan Dare and other Eagle characters. This was a new way of exploiting their strips. projection projector.

Advertised in the Meccano Magazine November 1953.
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STINGRAY CAP GUN - LONE STAR - ENGLANDDie-cast metal space cap firing gun. Metallic green body, red barrel with saw-tooth fins. This gun uses the same mold as the Dan.Dare cap gun and other Lone Star guns. An authorised Gerry Anderson product.
 
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