Its been quite a long time since I’ve blogged about my toy collection… while I don’t buy as much as I use to, I still do find vintage items. Mostly what catches my eye is the odd stuff, or items that don’t really relate to the original source material. What do I mean ? Well read on … !
I by no means have every single ray gun or gun related set that was made as a tie in to these classic Japanese shows … try as I might there always is something that I find that I’ve never seem before. To be honest most of these sets can still be found with some searching, perhaps in better condition, too. A few like the Ultraman rifle set above are super rare and this particular example is the only one I’ve seen come up to auction with box … however, the value is not as much as you’d think. This set has a generic army rifle that had a simple Ultraman sticker attached and placed in a fancy box .. Ta-Da ! It’s a space rifle ! Oh the kids will never know .. haha … You’ll see this method of taking an existing plastic Army gun and re-using it as a space toy of some sort in the examples below.
This Mirrorman set is another example like the Ultraman set, this time a secret agent spy gun is used.
No matter how disappointing the toy gun is inside, the Japanese during this era of the 60s-70s excelled at painting vibrant and fantastical scenes on the boxes. These Ultra Ace graphics are a perfect example and one of the main reasons why I collect them.
I’d been searching for this set for about 6 years..having only the rifle for that time, I knew there was a set to be found … but for all that time simply could not find even a picture of it.
Similar to an earlier Ultraman set, this one comes with a rifle that shoots small corks at the various targets. A nice bonus is the small plastic figures, too.
Hey those kids don’t look Japanese ;-P but regardless they are having fun !
The Mirrorman space gun above is one of my favorites, not only is the gun appropriate for this set but the paintings are so full of action !
This example of an Ultra Ace gun is rare in that the gun is actually based on the ones in the TV series and not just an off the shelf gun. This one is battery powered as well but does not shoot.
The Ultraman gun set above is similar to the Ultra Ace set .. this one from 1966 era. Once again the paintings are stunning !
Can you can see how these sets are using the same or similar cork firing rifles ? This time it’s Spectreman rifle set with targets.
The next images are a bit baffling to me .. they are all from the Return of Ultraman series, but I have to say other than placing a sticker on the guns, these are simply a Army rifle and Machine Gun !
Even with the cool paintings on them .. they really do not evoke classic space gun styles ;-P
Well what they lack in accurate space gun details at least the kid can make believe he’s shooting at Kaiju monsters !
This Ultra Ace set is cool in that the target is much more elaborate.
While the plastic gun is a generic one that shoots darts …
the target above has a great action scene !
like so … if you hit the red button on the front with the dart this piece goes flying up into the air ! Pretty thrilling but since these pieces are made of heavy card board I can see them being dented and damaged pretty quickly ! Yes i did fire it and the darn thing flew up in the air pretty high too !
Another example of an Ultra Ace gun set .. and again a nice space gun with this set that has a sparking action.
A small Mirrorman set with standard dart firing gun. Still nice graphics on this one. I love the diecut window on the box.
Buried in the back is another Ultra Ace gun set ;-P Sorry, in a future update I’ll pull it out and photograph it.
In this modern and over regulated world we now live in these sets are a nice reminder of when imagination ruled and playing with space guns was not frowned upon. While Ralphie may have almost shot his eye out, he had a damn good time !