This crazy 1950s issue of the Dan Dare Planet Gun inspired by jet fighter curves crossed with the colours of a cricket pitch, the ball and scoreboard numbers. Vintage futuristic plastic space gun complete with set of three deadly spinner projectiles. Box has colourful action packed comic book art showing whirling weapon wielding, spacesuit-clad Dare watched by technologically advanced reptilian aliens via view screen. It’s not made clear how the spinning projectiles are meant to work but it’s odds-on that the vortex caused by spinning so hard literally creates a mini dimensional fabric rip (or FabRip… as most people call them these days). Clearly if that happened in close proximity to an enemy alien the result could be very messy. Indeed, operators should remember to mind their fingers near the weapon’s moving parts
You don’t even need batteries to operate this baby! It runs on an ingenious spring system (that could probably actually really replace nuclear power as an energy source) and pure nostalgia
- Hard plastic spring-loaded “Planet Gun” 4.5″ long
- Three plastic rotors/saucers 3″ diameter
- Illustrated box 7″ x 11″ x 2.25 inch deep
There appear to have been three combinations of colours for the various parts. This is a very sporty black green and red version carrying the wording
- Planet Gun
- Dan Dare name and logo (a circle with a vertical oval inside)
- Inter-Planet Space Fleet
- A Merit Toy
Comes with advice note warning only to use this gun when you are actually in space (which sort of supports my whole fabric ripping hole theory):
When winding do not exceed 8 CLICKS
Do not overwind stupid
Do not fire point blank at any target but fire only into space!
To achieve best results apply a few drops of light oil to the spinner spindle and a touch of Vaseline around the slots on the underside of the spinner hub
Made way back in 1950s England by J & L Randall Ltd/ Merit with permission of Eagle Comics the publisher of British Dan Dare sci-fi stories. What does Wikipedia say about Dan’s spacey history?
Vintage super special space gun with spimer set can currently be found with many other cool Sci Fi, TV, movie, vintage and fun collectables on ZapWow Zap2 and now ZapFab
Totally awesome vintage DekkerToys Lunar Landscape paint and play Space Scenery for Star Wars figures (etc…) Very unusual vintage vacuum formed space scenery designed to be painted with acrylic paints to make a huge display area 24 x 33 inches (61 x 83 cm) for space ship models, space toys and figures. Made in England by DEKKERTOYS in the crazy 1980s
Classic box art shows Lunar landscape painted up with Buck Rogers and Black Hole figures… and is that a custom Space 1999 Eagle in the sky? It would of course also be stunning for a Star Wars collection display (as cheekily recommended on the front of the box!
Set of 4 mint unpainted Lunar landscape bases in original box
- A single base area is around 15 x 12 inches (38cm x 30.5cm)
- Total base (x4 bases) play area is 24 x 33 inches (61 x 83 cm)
- (Plus 4 other painted or partially painted Lunar landscape bases)
The original box came with a set of four differently sculpted three-dimensional vacuum formed plastic Lunar Landscape bases and the set featured has an extra used set of four that have been painted or partially painted that would create a huge Moon base layout with an astounding area of around 22 square feet!
This fantastic vintage item can currently be found with many other cool Sci Fi, TV, movie, vintage and fun collectables on ZapWow Zap2 and now ZapFab