Ray Guns

In general, I’m done collecting toys. My interests were always centered on nostalgia for toys from my youth, and I’ve pretty much reacquired or rediscovered everything I remember or wanted to check out.

I still love toys, wish I had more, but just don’t have the room to add to the collection.

BUT (isn’t there always a but?) I have sort of developed a new interest in vintage ray guns. I had a pretty wide array of them as a kid, from squirt guns to light guns to cap guns to sparkler guns and electronic guns.

I loved ray guns. Always wanted more of them. So Ray Guns are the one exception to my “no new toys” mantra. These pages showcase some of my finds, either via purchase or eBay discovery.

Not every ray gun that stands out as a highly memorable weapon of childhood the way an Atomic Disintegrator does, but there were some wicked cool “space guns” in the 70’s. Below is a visual collection of some great space guns that may not be worthy of a dedicated page on BugEyedMonster, but nonetheless deserve at least a picture shout out. Check the links on the right for more blasters, ray guns, lasers and space guns!


2 thoughts on “Ray Guns”

  1. I bought this Tomy- Shoot out in Space in the early 1970’s from a now defunct toy store nameed Harvey’s Toys in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. The gun still works even though the barrel of the gun broke off. I’m missing one of the plastic rockets that was used to launch off the carousel as a photo electric beam form the gun hit the carousel. I have the original box as well.

  2. Only some of those I recall seeing. I was eager to see….what was it called?…oh, Galaxy Gun…that a kid on my street (who had pretty much any toy he wanted) had, and I liked it a bit. Turns out they also branded it for BSG. Weird.

    You don’t have an original phaser! Remember they shot those rotor thingies that snapped onto the front?

    One Christmas I got this black gun that made sounds. It was mostly square-ish, but for the muzzle, which was a blunt conic section, the smaller half of it being red plastic. Above the trigger assembly, in the ‘fuselage’ of the gun, there was a slider that went through both sides, with five settings. Can’t find anything on it.

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Classic toys and ephemera from the 70s