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"Tom Corbett Space Cadet" Atomic Pistol/Flashlite PROTOTYPE - Marx 1952.

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    Posted 2 years ago

    Retrofutura
    (13 items)

    This is the hand-carved hard plastic PROTOTYPE for one of the coolest Space Ray Guns ever made!
    Marx's "Tom Corbett Space Cadet" Atomic Pistol/Flashlite from 1952.
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    It was sold in a variety of colors including brilliant red, light blue, dark blue, deep green, silver, charcoal grey, metallic gold, bright orange, a lovely shade of aqua and even featured in a radiant yellow on the cover of Collier's in April of 1953,
    but never produced in the colors seen in these pictures.
    After it was successfully marketed with Tom Corbett, Marx couldn't let a good design lay dormant, so they re-branded it.
    They would simply change the printed logo on the pistol's grip and in the upper left corner of the illustrated box
    and market it to a whole new audience.
    It went on to be licensed as the official spaceman's sidearm for "Rex Mars Planet Patrol", "Space Patrol" and even became a Headquarters Signal Ray Gun for "Get Smart"!
    This particular one-of-a-kind example from the history of Space Toy collectibles was put up for auction in 2015
    by Hake's Americana & Collectibles.
    The winning bid was an astronomical $4,795.50 !

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    Comments

    1. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 2 years ago
      Is the Kid thinking about BLASTING that Butterfly
    2. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 years ago
      Cool!!!

      Thomas.
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      Wonderful design !~
    4. buckethead, 2 years ago
      Cool gun. You are very fortunate to own this. How do you display it?
    5. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 2 years ago
      Yes Ray-man ,how do you
      With Triple Barrels ?
    6. buckethead, 2 years ago
      I would assume that you display this wonderful piece in a plexiglass case of some type?
    7. buckethead, 2 years ago
      Hello? Hello??
    8. Retrofutura Retrofutura, 1 year ago
      Hello, buckethead. Sorry for the delay.
      I wish I DID have this one in my collection!
      It would certainly be in a dust-proof plexiglass case
      with an externally-controlled, hard-wired light in the barrel
      so that I could turn it on without getting my greasy fingerprints on it.
    9. Retrofutura Retrofutura, 1 year ago
      Thanks, Brunswick!
    10. Retrofutura Retrofutura, 1 year ago
      Yes it is, PhilDMorris!
      One of the best!
    11. Retrofutura Retrofutura, 1 year ago
      There is NO proper way to defend against
      a butterfly in your space helmet, Vynil33rpm.
      Not even if your gun had triple barrels.

      ...except possibly a head-butt.
      Ewww!
    12. Gaga_galore Gaga_galore, 1 year ago
      So fun!

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