Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Collectible of the Week: Star Trek Super Phaser II Target Game (Mego; 1976)
"The Phaser Gun is light sensitive and operates best when used indoors in subdued light. The gun will not function properly in bright sunlight."
Manufactured "exclusively for Mego Corp." by "Megotronics" in 1976 is this glorious Star Trek Super Phaser II Target Game.
The product came complete with "a super phaser II gun with sonic buzzer device" and a "target reflector badge" in the shape of a Klingon D-7 battle cruiser.
To work this toy, you would simply "Aim. Press the trigger" and a watch as a "powerful beam of light shoots out!"
The idea was to "Hit the target reflector badge on your friend" and "activate the sonic buzzer device."
So this is like an early (prehistoric?) version of Photon, or laser tag, I suppose you could say.
This Mego phaser game ran on two double A batteries and one 9 volt transistor type battery, and was ideal for landing party combat if you owned two: one for you and one for a Klingon friend. Recommended for children over three years old, the Super Phaser II Target Game featured some lovely box art, as you can see. A red shirt (behind Kirk and Spock) is blasting an armed denizen of the planet Cheron ("Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.") That's not exactly politically correct, since the people of Cheron are technically extinct in Trek lore, but that's okay. Look at his face. He clearly was up to no good.
I've got the communicators, action playset, Tribble and Mission to Gamma VI, but I still hunger after the Tricorder, Console, and especially the Battle Game.
One of these days, perhaps...
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