Thursday, July 23, 2009

Electronic Space Gun (Remco / 1953 / U.S. / 6 x 9 inches)

I'm always thrilled when a toy ray gun comes in a display box; the clever packaging provides a perfect way of showing off the toy. And few toys looked as good in their boxes as the Electronic Space Gun. There's just something about a wild-eyed space-kid firing colorful beams of death that really captures the mid-century spirit of intergalactic adventure.

Remco made some excellent space toys, including a number of space phones, an amazing B9 Robot from the TV series Lost In Space, and, of course, ray guns. The company was good at providing bells and whistles -- and lights and buzzers and whatever other battery-operated doo-dads you could imagine. In this case, the Electronic Space Gun fired a beam of light while a buzzer sounded. The red dial on the side, up near the barrel, turned a color wheel which could shift the light from white to red to green to blue. A compass towards the rear of the gun helped keep Junior Spacemen from getting lost (as long as they were on Earth, that is). 

I'll admit, it took a while for me to appreciate this gun. It's angular shape looked just a bit too functional; I kind of felt like it was lacking in fantasy. But over time, I began looking at it like a prop from a space movie or something. The factors that turned me off became more appealing. Eventually, I was scouring eBay for a nice, boxed example.

Remco made a number of different variations of the Electronic Space Gun. All used the same body, but the company sometimes replaced the compass in the back with a small, spiral color wheel. The toy was released in a variety of colors, including black, red, yellow, and blue. There are also at least three boxes; this is the most elaborate. One version is also known as the Jupiter Gun, though aside from the awesome name, there doesn't seem to be much difference. 


  1. Ha! A compass! How many disintegrations have been blamed on inattentive cadets looking for magnetic north?!

    Anyway, any laser that has a dial for changing the spectrum of the beam gets high marks in my book!

  2. Howdy. Just a random reader who wants you to know that your blog is read every day and appreciated. Like many, I don't have a lot to say in response to specific entries but I love the stories and images. I'm not so much a ray gun enthusiast yet your stories are really engaging. I just didn't want you to think there weren't folks out here reading. Thanks for posting!

  3. Well thank you for reading, T'. I appreciate it.

  4. I was searching on Google for Atomic toys and came across this link and it had a picture of a boy with a ray gun that I was sure I'd seen on this site and sure enough here it is.

  5. That's great -- thanks for calling it to my attention!


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