Sunday, January 24, 2016
At Flashbak: Shoot Out in Space (Tomy; 1978)
This week at Flashbak I also remembered a fun toy from Tomy, in 1978: Shoot Out In Space!
Here’s a snippet and the url: (http://flashbak.com/im-making-galaxy-safe-humanity-tomys-shoot-space-1978-51711/ )
“Here’s another great collectible from the disco-decade and the post-Star Wars (1977) sci-fi boom. Now, toy ray guns go back to the 1930s, but this was a new wrinkle on an old idea.
Manufactured by Tomy (No. 2509) in 1978, this set is called Shoot Out in Space. I suppose you would term it a game of outer space marksmanship. Basically, it’s a plastic gun, and a rotating (space-age) shooting gallery of rubber rockets.
The actual object of the game?
“Disable enemy rockets with a mysterious beam of light." The toy involves “cosmic combat with a ray gun, revolving space station and enemy rockets.”
Players (or shooters….) could modify the plastic laser weapon by making the "ray gun hand-size by separating it from the stock."
The light beam from the ray gun operated "on a transistorized target at distances over 30 feet," and kids could also "change the target to make it harder and harder to hit."
Designed for ages 6 and up, this Tomy toy required four "AA" batteries to operate. I remember this toy so well -- and have one in my home office -- because my best friend and next door neighbor owned Shoot Out in Space, and often invited me up to his third-floor playroom to shoot down the enemy rockets…