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Ray Gun Hardcover – October 29, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fotofolio Inc; First Edition edition (October 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584180048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584180043
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both books will give you a nostalgic blast for the past.
Robin Benson
The photography is excellent with great detail and color.
THM
Recommended to anyone interested in vintage space toys..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Though it was published some years ago its nice to see that this lovely book is still in print. The landscape format is ideal for showing off the streamline design that was a requirement for any gun of the future.

Each model is shown in profile and a nice touch is the removal of the photos background so the guns are floating on the page. Another idea that gives the book a lift are several pages of period graphics: movie posters, ads and the original gun boxes. The first blaster is from 1935, a surprisingly good condition Buck Rogers pistol, made by Daisy. The models are shown in date order up to the mid-sixties and mostly from the US and Japan with several from Europe.

Considering that this was a really tiny part of the toy market you might think it surprising that a book should be devoted to the subject but there is another equally beautiful title showing more: Zap! Ray Gun Classics. This is out of print but you'll easily be able to pick up a used copy. Both books will give you a nostalgic blast for the past.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THM on July 13, 2013
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There was a time when all you needed was a couple of friends, imagination and a 49 cent toy to make for a great afternoon. Great book for toy collectors or for Babyboomers who just want to be reminded of a time when toys were functional, cool and pieces of art. Of course at the time we didn't recognize the art. This is only obvious in hindsight.

The photography is excellent with great detail and color. The book's opening provides an excellent history and narrative relating to these toys. I also found that the book is very comprehensive in that it presentated the best pieces with no omissions.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Fultano on April 23, 2010
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A great reference book featuring the toy guns from the 1930's through the 60's. I bought it to use as a reference point for a tattoo I was getting. After looking through the entire book we ended up with a composite of a couple different toy guns to create the tattoo. A good $12 spent for a lifetime of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freij on May 17, 2014
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Good read and is filled with images of old ray gun toys. I've enjoyed reading it a lot. Couple of my guests have noticed it on my shelf and enjoyd going through it. It makes a nice conversation starter.
Recommended to anyone interested in vintage space toys..
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It is amazing that enough material existed on this topic to constitute an entire book. The text reads like a labour of love. Who else would write such a thing?

For science fiction fans, or children of the 50s to the 70s, you can revisit your youth. Some of the ray guns might be recognisable indeed.

The text is nostalgic retrospective on an era with no digital electronics, as we know them now. As far as I can tell, every gun depicted here lacked a microprocessor. Everything was hardwired analog.
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