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ATOMIC SPACE RIFLE - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDLarge futuristic hard plastic space rifle with telescopic sight. The design is based on the Tom Corbett Atomic Rifle though there are clear differences. Water pistol action. Two versions are shown which differ in color, molding details (eg the trigger area) in dial detailing. c1953 Box? Packaging?

On sale in Australia in October 1953.

A patent for the US version was published in 1952.
Pat No. 169315.
Inventor Mahlon Hirsch
COSMISK STRALE MARS PISTOL - BAMBOLA - SWEDENGold plastic raygun with flashlite action.

The handle has a star in a circle.

This is a hard plastic classic shape 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. Seen in gold. A star is molded into the handle. The gun comes with an alternative lens cover.

Battery operated. Comes in a box with a pair of space goggles. Sweden. Based on the design for the Tom Corbett Atomic Pistol and the Space Patrol Atomic Flashlite Pistol both by Marx. "Cosmic Ray Mars Gun" Swedish flashlight 8" 20cm
MOON-RIDER SPACE SHIP - MARX - ENGLANDBlue and cream lithographed tinplate space rocket. Elaborate litho detailing of pilot and passengers. Marked 745. Yellow tail fin. Two pairs of small side fins at the front and the rear. Large fixed keywound motor. Two large rubber wheels and one small rear wheel. Wind up action with sparks. On/off switch to back. 12" 30cm UK Marx. Circa 1952

Very similar to the Tom Corbett tin wind up spaceship, which in turn is based on the 1934 Buck Rogers Rocket Ship. The original Marx rocketship has been pared down to its essentials here. The side wings have gone along with any astronaut poking out of the top. This changes the scale of the toy.

Box? Date? Moonrider spaceship
PISTOLA MARCIANA - PLASTIMARX - MEXICOLithographed tinplate clicker space gun. 9.5" The gun has a picture of Flash Gordon on the handle but has Tom Corbett wording on the side. This is a reworking of the 1952 Flash Gordon Click ray Pistol. Little effort has been made to make it a Tom Corbett specific version other than the addition of the name.

Based on the original 1935 Flash Gordon Radio Repeater design by Marx.

1950s. Box?
REX MARS PLANET PATROL PLAYSET - MARX - USAFollowing on from the success of the Tom Corbett playset in 1952, Marx released a playset for their own space hero creation, Rex Mars. The set consists of 110 pieces and is based on a lithographed tinplate control center with surrounding tin walls.

The set first appeared in October 1953.
REX MARS PLANET PATROL RIFLE X-92 - MARX - USAAt 20 inches long the Rex Mars Planet Patrol Space Gun is a fair size as rifles/machine guns go. The piece consists of a sheet of brightly lithographed tin, rolled into a semi-tube shape, and attached to a plastic butt and barrel assembly. This gun has been recycled excessively throughout the 1950's, it was used with slight litho changes for the Tom Corbett Space Cadet Gun, and the Rex Mars Planet Patrol Space Gun as well as an earlier G-Man type machine gun. Versions exist with various combinations of red, blue and yellow plastic components.

The plastic is held in place with a fragile set of pins that extend through the tin and are melted into rivets, these are almost always broken off. The barrel is a clockwork sparkler housed in a plastic casing, the key is frequently missing, while the cheap plastic, is temperature sensitive and the end of the barrel is most often badly warped into a sad droopy affair. The generating coils on top of the gun, a futuristic touch, rust easily and will crush into the gun if dropped. X-92.
SPACE CADET- TOM CORBETT SPARKLING SPACE SHIP - MARX - USALithographed tinplate wind up rocket ship. Marked Polaris. First seen in the Sears Christmas Book for 1952. The ad wording reads:
"Tom Corbett Space Ship. Authentic reproduction of "Polaris," rocket space ship of Tom Corbett, popular TV personality. Made of sturdy steel. All-over lithographed design shows Tom Corbett at the controls with other space cadets. Cadet insignias on rocket. Sparks shoot from tail exhaust when space ship scoots along floor. Long running keywind motor. Has front and rear side fins, rudder. Raised dummy observation domes. Two large side wheels, 1 small rear wheel. 49 N 5669 - 12" long."

This is similar to the Marx England Moon-Ride, and both based on the 1934 Buck Rogers Rocket Ship. The original design has been pared down by removing the wings and simplifying the cockpit.
SPACE CLICKER RAY GUN - PALMER PLASTICS - USATwo tone angular plastic space gun: one side in one color, the other side in a contrasting color. The gun has a very distinctive perforated muzzle with a jagged front sight. 5" 7.5cm

Star logo molded in the side along with spaceships, stars and a planet that looks like Saturn. A simple click action with moving hammer. A bagged example with header card indicates that it was released by Serve A Toy, Lee Products Co., Atlanta Ga. 1953. See also the larger (6") version, the Tom Corbett Space Patrol Clicker gun.

This gun was offered as a givaway with Curtiss Candy products in September 1953. A box of these guns recently surfaced carrying the Palmer Plastics company details. The gun was also sold as a free gift with a space set in 1953.

SPACE COMPASS PREMIUM - NECCO - USAAdvertisement for a mail away wristwatch compass - spaceman's head and vertical rockets design. Available from Necco Sky Bar. This is the same as Tom Corbett space wristwatch compass but with alternative decoration on the strap. The compass is the same as the Seabord Plastics version.

This gun's design is a copy of the Pyro Space Control gun. It is a blue diecast metal cap firing gun and measures 6 ¾” long (17cm). It was most likely made in 1953 either for the Australian version of the Tom Corbett Space Cadet Radio show or for the comic as some form of premium. It has a self feeding mechanism to feed the caps through each time the trigger is pulled. The only identifying mark on it is the brand name – Brentoy – which is written on the rings of Saturn underneath the word Cadet. Box? Packaging?
SPACE CONTROL GUN - PYRO - USAHard 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 and there is a tiny fin above the trigger: these give the gun a distinctive look. This is the original of a space gun that has been widely copied. The advert dates the toy to October 1952. Packaging? Probably sold as a bin toy.

This gun was included in the Yankiboy Tom Corbett Space Cadet Play Clothes set.
TOM CORBETT LEAD FIGURES - PLOMBEL? - ARGENTINASolid metal painted lead figures. Details?
TOM CORBETT SPACE ACADEMY PLAYSET #7010 - MARX - USAPossibly the first space playset. Released in September 1952. The set has 97 pieces based upon a lithographed tinplate space building.

The box measures 23 x 14.5. Willy Ley assisted in the design of the playset.
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET 2 WAY PHONE - VINTAGE PRODUCTS, ROCKHILL - USABoxed set of rectangular red plastic walkie talkies with blue mouthpieces. String action. Booklet included. This is a later Tom Corbett walkie talkie design.

On sale in July 1952.
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET 2 WAY PHONE - VINTAGE PRODUCTS, ROCKHILL - USABoxed set of grey metal rocket shaped walkie talkies with purple mouthpieces. String type. Booklet included. This is an earlier Tom Corbett walkie talkie design. On sale November 1951
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. Tom Corbett. This gun clearly did have batteries included, and they're customised. flashlight

A patent for the design was filed in 1952 and issued in 1953. Pat no. 169440. On sale in the Christmas 1952 Montgomery Ward catalog.
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET CLICKER RAY GUN - MAKER?Silver plastic space gun. This is a variation of the Palmer Space Ray Gun Clicker Pistol. It is appreciably larger - 6" (see comparison shot). It has been suggested that this is an Australian gun. There may be a connection to Palmer Plastics, the designer of the smaller version.

"Tom Corbett" is molded on one side and "Space Patrol" on the other. Simple click action. 1950s Box? Packaging?
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET COSMIC VISION HELMET - PRACTI-COLE - USASpace helmet measuring 11" x 10". The helmet is made from a thin sheet of plastic with vac formed ears and top piece. Space Cadet symbol and "Space Helmet" text pressed into plastic. 1954
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET COSMIC VISION INVISIBLE HELMET - PRACTI-COLE - USASold as an "invisible" helmet because the visor material was like those mirror sunglasses that let the wearer see out without being seen. Made by Practi-Cole Products in the 1950s and widely advertised in comic books of the time.

Advertised in November 1952 (Capital Times)
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET GAME - PEERLESS PLAYTHINGS - USASpace board game based on Tom Corbett. Comprises playing board with"Blast Off Control" spinner at center, "Spaceship Hangars - Launching Platform" and four small plastic spaceship playing pieces. 1953
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET INSIGNIA KIT - ROCKHILL RADIO - USASpace pin, metal ring and wristwatch compass. Carded. Spaceman's head and angled rockets design.
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET OFFICIAL SPACE PISTOL - MARX - USABrightly lithographed tin retro style clicker space gun. 9.5"" The gun has a picture of Tom Corbett on the handle and Space Cadet is printed on the barrel. Copyright Rockhill Productions. Based on the original 1935 Flash Gordon Radio Repeater Click Pistol pressin by Marx. 1952, though proof of the date is elusive.
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET RIFLE - MARX - USALarge (24 inch) plastic space gun rifle with futuristic design . Silver and gold versions. Friction noise action. The panels above the trigger move to simulate firing.

A patent was published in 1952. Featured on a magazine cover dated 1953
Pat No. 169315.
Inventor Mahlon Hirsch
TOM CORBETT SPACE GUN - MARX - USALarge 20 inch lithographed tin and plastic space rifle with multiple actions. Sparking action. This multicolore rifle has a yellow plastic front end with a red plastic muzzle and a blue plastic stock. The body of the gun is brightly lithographed tin. A spring mechanism is mounted on top. The litho includes the name Tom Corbett Space Cadet and the serial number 1507-A.

This gun was recycled throughout the 1950's, it was used with slight litho changes for the Tom Corbett Space Cadet Gun, and the Rex Mars Planet Patrol Space Gun as well as an earlier G-Man type machine gun. Two box versions are known: the official Tom Corbett box and a G-Man box with a Tom Corbett stamp crudely added. Widely advertised in 1952. Gangster crossover.

TOM CORBETT SPACE PATROL BELT - YALE - USATom Corbett card mounted with a press out rocket.

Top: black leather belt with a circular rocket themed buckle marked Space Cadet
Bottom: brown leather, buckle marked Tom Corbett Space Cadet

On sale June 1952

UNIDENTIFIED SPACE HELMET - MAKER? - USAFeatured in1954 press shots, this helmet has not been identified. One child is wearing a Tom Corbett Space Cadet suit.

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