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888 CAP PISTOL RAY GUN - DIA - JAPANSmall blue and red tinplate space gun. The gun has a raised green revolver chamber molding on each side and has molded and lithographed detailing of a rocket on a background of stars and Saturn. Marked 888 on the sides. 3ins 7.5cm

This is probably by the DIA or Diamond company of Japan 1950s. It is the same pressing as the DIA plain cap gun. 3" embossed cap pistol. Cap firing action. Early Japan 1950s
Box? Packaging?
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ALPS SPACE GUN - ALPS - JAPANA miniature (3 ins) tin space gun. Classic shape with a rear fin. Light green with three red dots on the side. The handle has a pressing similar to the Alps logo. "ALPS" is pressed into the fin, though the S can be hard to see. When the trigger is pressed, resistance is felt, and a small jet of air exits the barrel. It may be a smoke/powder gun, as the air isn't strong enough to push out anything so dense as a cork. Box?

See also the KGK space guns.
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APOLLO RAY GUN - TAKATOKU - JAPANTin litho raygun with transparent red plastic barrel. A tin color spiral wheel is visible through a cutout in each side. Distinctive fan shape of three spark windows. Friction noise and spark action. Japan 1960s. There is an additional Y in a circle logo on the box, identified as Sanko. Same pressing as the Space Ray Gun. TT logo T.T. Features in a 1960s Takatoku catalog.

See also the Space Ray Gun version of this gun.
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APOLO WATER GUN - MS - JAPANClear plastic space water pistol. The gun's body has a distinctive conical shape. Apollo misspelling. Blue and yellow versions. Sold in trade boxes.
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ARROW LAUNCHER SPACE GUN - MATSUSHIRO - JAPANSilver plastic raygun. Shoots darts and spinners. 10" plastic gun with white metallic finish that was inspired by the 1960s Japanese Captain Ultra show. It's also somewhat similar to the French Le Pistolet de l'Annee. it has an internal slanted hole with a spring for the dart. You have to depress the trigger to raise the saucer rod to wind the saucer, then push the saucer down to catch, then push the dart all the way inside the gun. You depress the trigger once to launch the saucer, then again to release the dart.

The gun is made by the same manufacturer as the Jet Laucher Lost In Space knock-off gun.

The logo is a T inside an M - MATSUSHIRO. There is a link to T.T. Takatoku TT
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ASTRA SHOOTER - A IN DIAMOND - JAPANA small (3") clear plastic space gun. Angular design. Shoots small candy balls. Date?
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ASTRO BOY CINE COLT - SOSEISHA - JAPAN Blue plastic pistol with flashlight action. Battery powered, projects pictures from a filmstrip. Atom Boy Cine-Colt, Soseisha, Japan. Tetsuwan Atom aka Astroboy or Mighty Atom
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ASTRO BOY GUN - MAKER? - JAPANConventional light blue tin revolver with wood effect handle. Pop gun, shoots corks. Astro Boy graphic on the handle. Maker? Box?
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ASTRO BOY MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANMetallic silver tinplate machine gun with wood effect stock. Atom Boy graphics on the stock. Action? Tada. Japan. Tetsuwan Atom aka Astroboy or Mighty Atom
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ASTRO BOY MACHINE GUN MG5 - TADA - JAPANLarge tin lithographed space machine gun in blue, red and yellow. Small pistol grip at the rear. The gun is fitted with a two legged stand. Astroboy image on the side. Friction noise and spark.
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ASTRO BOY SPACE GUN - TADA - JAPANAngular tin lithographed double barrelled space pistol style gun with Astroboy on the side. Spring loaded, shoots darts. 8 inches long. 1960s Box?
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ASTRO BOY SPACE MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANLarge 18 inch tinplate lithographed space machine gun. Wood effect stock, ribbed red plastic spark window at the base of a smooth plastic barrel with red tip. Astro Boy / Mighty Atom litho on the stock and the body. Friction action with noise and spark. Box? Date?

Tetsuwan Atom aka Astroboy or Mighty Atom
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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?
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ASTRO RAY GUN - SHUDO - JAPANA metallic silver lithographed tinplate angular space gun. Marked ASTRO RAY GUN. The gun has a single rectangular red plastic spark window on each side. Friction action with spark.

Featured in the 1973 Ichimura catalog. Item #8111
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ASTRO RAY MONSTER GUN SET - DAIYA? - JAPANA carded version of the red plastic Astro Ray friction space gun. The set comprises a gun, leather belt and holster and a space watch. The header card depicts Godzilla-style prehistoric monsters attacking a ship. No details of name or maker on the card. The holster has a tin crown badge attached which may suggest a link to the Crown company that made early space guns. Possibly by Daiya. Date?
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ASTROBOY SPACE GUN - TADA - JAPANBrightly lithographed tin friction space gun with clear red plastic barrel. Astroboy Atom Boy graphics. Noise and spark friction action. 22cm

Same design as the Universe Gun by N but is later because the cylindrical pressing on the side no longer serves a purpose. (It was the revolver cylinder on the Universe Gun)
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ASTRONAUT GUN - YOSHIYA - JAPANA light metallic blue lithographed tin space gun with spaceship shaped body and a small rear fin. The gun has side fins which enhance the rocket effect. Clear red plastic barrel with ribbed base. Marked Venus-Mars on one side, and Jupiter-Pluto on the other. ASTRONAUT marked on the handle. Friction noise and spark action. Box? KO
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Astronaut Pistol Mars - Ites - CzechoslovakiaTin lithographed space pistol with clear angular plastic window bay at the front of the gun. Mars wording on the handle. Friction spark and noise. Based on the Japanese Rosko Space Pistol. Two litho versions shown. 1967
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ASTRONAUT ROCKET GUN - DAIYA - JAPANBlue tin lithographed space gun with red telescopic sight. Three conical structures at the base of the barrel. Oval spark windows. Marked "Astronaut Rocket Gun" on the sides. Triangular box with generic artwork used on other versions of this gun. Friction noise and spark action. One of the many guns based on the Daiya Mars Gun. 9" 23cm
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ASTRORAY FLASHLIGHT TARGET GUN - OHIO ART - USAThis is the original version of a space gun that ingeniously combined a flashlight with a dart shooting action. The bulky 10" red plastic gun has a large white lens cover and a white tail fin. The flashlight is the large top structure and the darts are fired from the lower tube. Includes metal target with 2 shooting surfaces

Pressing the trigger lights the flashight target and fires a dart.

Produced in a number of other versions, including the Japanese Lightan range. Newspaper ads date this to November 1966. Two box versions shown.
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ASTRORAY GUN - SHUDO - JAPANTin lithographed space gun with trasparent red plastic barrel. Friction sparking action and noise. Sold in individual boxes, loose from trade boxes and by various distributors in bags with header card.
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ATOM BOY MACHINE GUN TD800 - TADA - JAPANConventional style blue tinplate machine gun with folding stand. Marked TD1800 MG on the side. Action? Japan. Tetsuwan Atom aka Astroboy or Mighty Atom
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ATOM BOY SMOKE MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANConventional shaped light blue machine gun with folding stand Atom Boy graphics on the sides. Battery operated smoke, noise and flashing light action. Tetsuwan Atom aka Astroboy or Mighty Atom
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ATOM BOY X-5 HEAVY MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate machine gun with folding stand. Atom Boy graphic on the sides. Small pistol grip at the rear. Friction action with noise. Tetsuwan Atom aka Astroboy or Mighty Atom
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ATOM GUN - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge silver tin lithographed space machine gun with wood effect stock. Red telescopic sight, spark window at the base of the oval barrel nozzle. "Atom Gun" wording on the stock. Friction noise and spark action. 3206 Modern Toys.
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ATOM GUN - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed lithographed tin space gun with spaceship shaped body (including lithographed cockpit windows). Clear red plastic barrel. The gun has side fins which enhance the rocket effect. Friction noise and spark action. Box has a space landscape with an astronaut shooting a line into space. KO 1.5k Litho variations exist (two versions shown) 9.5" 24cm

See also the Jet Arrow and Space Gun version of this gun.

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ATOM GUN 73 - SY/YONEYA - JAPAN SY Logo. A relatively small (13") tinplate friction space gun, highly lithographed. Number 73 on the stock. Lever cocking attachment. Spark window set into the top of the barrel. The box has particularly attractive space scene illustrations. SY Logo. Box?

The toy appears in a 1964 Japanese exporter's catalog. It is shown with a front grip that did not feature on the actual gun.

This is the same pressing as the SY Space Machine Gun
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ATOM MACHINE GUN - YONEZAWA - JAPANA large metallic blue lithographed tin space machine gun. A rather serious looking gun with perforated double barrels and a wood effect stock. ATOM wording and an eagle on the stock. The box art has a lively space scene of Space Patrol astronauts. Friction action with noise and spark. This is essentially the same as the Yonezawa Super Machine Gun.

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ATOMIC GUN - BANDAI - JAPANLithographed green tinplate space gun with red detailing. Early bulbous styling. Rocket litho detail and a spaceman on the handle. Saturn on the tailfin. Water pistol. Box?
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ATOMIC GUN - ICHIMURA? - JAPANSmall gold lithographed tinplate space gun with red and blue detailing. Very small spark windows at the tip of the barrel. Crimped construction. Marked Atomic Gun. Friction spark and noise action. Maker? Possible trade box sales.


This gun appears in the 1973 Ichimura catalog. Item #8088
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ATOMIC GUN - OR - JAPANBulbous red and silver lithographed tin space gun with Atomic Gun wording. There is a rear top fin that arcs backward. Clear red plastic barrel. Friction sparking action. The box has a logo consisting of two fish forming a circle, with the letters RO? inside. Also released as the RYMDPISTOL Gun by Haji. Crimped construction.
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ATOMIC GUN - SHUDO? - JAPANA metallic blue lithographed tinplate angular space gun. Marked ATOMIC GUN with an atomic symbol on the stock. The gun has a single raised rectangular red corrugated plastic spark window on each side. Friction action with spark. Maker? This has the same shape as Shudo guns.

There is also a silver version with red detailing. Box?
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ATOMIC PISTOL - NOMURA - JAPANTin lithographed space gun, 8 ins, with a small yellow rear fin, and a cylindrical clear blue plastic nozzle extension with red end cap. The cylinder rotates when the trigger is pulled. There is a long spark window grille on the sides as well as the word ATOMIC. Friction noise and spark action.

Two color versions are known: blue and silver. The litho detailing on each is the same. TN udd

Appears in the Nomura Catalog 1961.
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ATOMIC RAY GUN - ICHIMURA - JAPANA small tin space gun with yellow lining. The distinctive feature is the short flared barrel decorated with red rectangles: the barrel contains a single spark window in each side. Marked Atomic Ray Gun. Litho detailing includes an atomic symbol. Friction action with spark.

In the top example the gun is blister packed on a card marked FRICTION TOY with a small tin Patrol Disk flying saucer. Friction action with noise and spark. Indian Head logo company.

Produced in blue and silver versions.
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ATOMIC RAY GUN - ICHIMURA? - JAPANSmall silver and blue lithographed tin friction space gun with distinctive ribbed single spark window. Six diagonal litho windows and the distinctive line decoration ending in two circles - just at the top of the handle.
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ATOMIC RAY GUN - ICHIMURA? - JAPANSmall black and silver lithographed tin friction space gun with distinctive ribbed single spark window. Six diagonal litho windows and the distinctive line decoration ending in two circles - just at the top of the handle.
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ATOMIC RAY GUN - MAKER? - JAPAN
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ATOMIC RAY GUN - NOMURA - JAPANLarge silver tin lithographed battery op space machine gun. Large blue lighted muzzle. Cylindrical rotating structure with lights on the top. Battery operated flashing colored lights and sound. TN
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ATOMIC RIFLE - HORIKAWA - JAPANA large silver tinplate machine gun with double barrel. The barrels move in and out alternately. There is an unusual feature on the gun: four interlocking colored gears sit in a clear plastic assembly on the top. Friction action with noise and spark. Japanese and English box versions. Date?
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ATOMIC ROCKET GUN - KGK? - JAPANClear plastic space water pistol. Bulbous retro rocket shape with large rear fin. 14cm Distinctive white ring at the back which is used to fill the gun. Available in several colors. Bagged with header card. Maker? Date? Box? Packaging?

See the earlier Rocket Jet version which was made by KGK Kanto Gosei Kogyo.
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ATOMIC SPACE GUN - ICHIMURA - JAPANA small lithographed tin space gun. Black with white and yellow detailing. Marked ATOMIC SPACE GUN. Three spark windows at the front. Friction action with spark. 5" 12cm. Sold in trade boxes. Indian Head Logo. The gun is featured in an Ichimura page from an Exporters Guide dated 1964.
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ATOMIC SPARKING GUN - ARROW T/ELVIN - JAPANSmall silver tin lithographed space gun with two oval spark windows by the muzzle. Same pressing as the Space Universe Gun. Marked Atomic Gun and sold in a bag with a header card marked Atomic Sparking Gun (the same card used for other guns). Friction noise and spark.
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ATOMIC-RAY-GUN - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge metallic blue tin lithographed space machine gun with a wood effect stock. Rings on the barrel with an inset red plastic window. Small flared muzzle. Battery operated. Space graphics on the brown stock. Flashing light and sound action. Notice the hyphens in the title which appear on the box. The box and the stock have naive but entertaining space scenes. Modern Toys.

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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
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AUTOMATIC GUN - TADA - JAPANA 23" long tin litho space rifle made in Japan by Tada. 1950s. Metallic blue, battery operated. Perforated barrel with translucent red plastic backing light when fired and gun produces noise. "Automatic" name on sides, but no space graphics. The box, however, has a most impressive space battle scene. Inside the box is a paper label with a scene slightly different from the one on the box lid

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AUTOMATIC GUN - YOSHIYA - JAPANA dark blue lithographed tinplate space machine gun with litho bullet detailing on the magazine. This gun has a distinctive circular structure in the center. Green and red clear plastic barrel. Spaceman logo on the stock. Friction action with noise and spark.

There are at least three versions of this design, Patrol Gun 45, Automatic Gun and Jet Special Gun all featured in the 1966 Yoshiya catalog. Size?
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AUTOMATIC RAPID ACTION PISTOL, ATOMIC GUN - NOMURA - JAPANRed tin lithographed short machine gun. 8" 20cm Double barrel with two clear plastic barrels. Drum magazine. Friction noise, spark and bullet simulation lipstick effect.

Appears in the Nomura Catalog 1961.
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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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BATMAN FRICTION MACHINE GUN - MAKER? - JAPANA large brightly lithographed tinplate space machine gun. The yellow stock has a large graphic of Batman and Robin. The gun has red spark window and long black barrel. Friction action with noise and spark. Box?
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BATMAN FRICTION MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANA large brightly lithographed tinplate space machine gun. The red stock has a large graphic of Batman firing a machine gun. The gun has a blue barrel with a red spark window at the join with the body. Friction action with noise and spark. Box?
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BATMAN FRICTION RAY MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA lithographed tinplate machine pistol. The gun has a angular shape with a tinplate magazine. There is a red red plastic barrel with a yellow plastic tip. Batman graphics on the stock and on the side. Friction action with noise and spark. Box?
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BATMAN POP GUN - AOSHIN - JAPANA lithographed tinplate revolver with Batman graphics. Also shown is the holster for the gun. Pop gun action. 8" 20cm c1966. A crossover western-cowboy item repurposed. Image courtesy Hake's. ASC
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BATMAN RAY GUN - TKK - JAPANA bulky red plastic battery powered space gun with yellow lens cap and fin. The gun combinines flashlight with dart shooting action. Japanese market release. Batman decals on the sides.

Based on the Ohio Art Astroray Flashlight Target Gun.
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BATO WESTERN SET (BATMAN REVOLVER) - PDK - JAPANA basic western Colt style click action revolver with a Batman graphic on the handle. Typical of many Japanese releases which were based on simple restyling of existing toys with little relevance to the theme. Sold with a holster and belt. Bagged with header card. Crossover

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BATTERY POWERED SPACE PISTOL - NOMURA - JAPANBlack and silver tin lithographed space gun. There is an angular green plastic window protruding from the tip of the barrel. The word "SPACE" is printed on the side. Battery powered noise and flashing light. Triangular box. 7.5" long

Appears in the Nomura Catalog 1961
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BATTERY POWERED SPACE PISTOL - ROSKO/NOMURA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin battery operated pistol raygun Light and sound. Clear angular plastic window bay at front. Japan. Rosko importer logo. White star. Atomic wording. With Flashing Light and Noise.

The similarity to the Battery Powered Space Pistol by Nomura would suggest that Nomura is the maker.
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BEST WATER PISTOL - BEST BRAND - JAPANTinplate space water pistol. This early gold nickel plated metal space gun has a crimped construction. There is a small tailfin and a jet plane/rocket is pressed into the handle. Best wording on the side. 8cm Sold in trade boxes of twelve guns. 1950s
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BIG X MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANConventional shaped light blue machine gun with folding stand. Big X graphics on the sides. Battery operated noise and flashing light action. The gun has a brass color bullet that moves to give the effect of the gun being fed ammunition. 21" 52cm

The same pressing as the Atom Boy Smoke Machine Gun

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BIG-X MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANLarge tin lithographed space machine gun with wood effect handle. There is a long green plastic spark window along the top. Battery operated noise and flashing light. Big-X head and shoulders graphic on the side. 21" 54cm

This is the same pressing as the Tada Electric Wave Gun

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BIG-X MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANLithographed tin machine gun. Battery operated with firing noise and flashing light as it vibrates. Big-X character graphic on both sides of the gun. 23" 57cm

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BILLY BLASTOFF BUBBLE P_OPPER WATER GUN - BANDAI? FOR) ELDON - JAPANPlastic space water pistol with red upper and white lower. Comes with bottle of soap solution. It's an exact replica of little Billy's signature red and gray gun. Made by Eldon in 1968, this gun has a unique selling point: it has a wand on the tip of the barrel to allow you to blow bubbles, then you can shoot them with the water gun. Blister card mounted. Two versions shown.

Probably made by Bandai, Japan.
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BUBBLE GUN - EXELO DAIYA - JAPANBlue lithographed tin space gun. This friction action gun has a plastic reservoir at the front. The plastic wheel dips into this and passes the soap solution in front of the air blowing nozzle to produce bubbles. Comes with a small container of bubble solution.

There are two versions of this gun: the left hand one is by Exelo and has a predominantly blue color scheme; on the right is the Daiya version which has much more red. The Exelo version uses traditional tab construction while the Daiya version is crimped.

Note: the Daiya version marked SPACE is a fake.
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BUBBLE MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANLithographed tin friction bubble blowing space gun. The gun has an odd stocky shape with a liquid reservoir and bubble mechanism at the front. Pulling the trigger produces the air flow for bubbles. The gun has no space litho but the box art depicts a space landscape. Marked Bubblegun on the handle Date?
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CAPTAIN SCARLET GUN AND HOLSTER - TAKUTOKU TT - JAPANA basic black plastic Colt style western revolver marked Giant. The gun has a simple click action. Vinyl holster with Captain Scarlet image. The leather belt is made of a series of interlocking leather segments. Gerry Anderson
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