The Atomic Alien Spinning Space Gun
is the funnest ray gun we've found. It's large (over ten inches
long), loud (replete with authentic space gun sounds),
bright (it lights up in four places at once), and inexpensive
under ten dollars). What it may not be is kid-proof (not very
much is). But it wins for shiny and bright (silver and blue or silver
and red plastic, unless you get the slightly more expensive (under
fifteen dollars) leather-feel black, noir version (shown below), which,
beneath its executive exterior is still all kid. A great gift for dads
who are part Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon.
Where, you're wondering, do you report to pull your weapon? Aaron's Tin
Toy Arcade, one of the best links we've ever found. Once you visit, we
guarantee you'll go back. Their website is delightful and
family-friendly, and chock full of outstanding tin, plastic, and
battery operated robots. The prices are amazingly low. The selection is
amazingly wonderful. See the link below or on the links pages.
Once you've pulled your weapon, it will arrive in a bubble wrap
bag. There's a little tag to pull out by the battery cover, which will
connect the three already loaded AA test batteries. Pull the trigger
and voila! a blaze of glory. But you'd like to replace the batteries
with three shiny, new AA models as soon as possible, especially if it's
a gift for a cosmic cowboy, because it's not at all obvious how to do
so. We provide detailed instructions below so you can saddle up the
spaceship and ride out, ready for extraterrestrial adventure. So with
the proviso about changing batteries, you're ready to defend the
Above left: The blue gun stealthily
blends into outer space.
Above right: Guns blazing, and ready for any alien invasion, ablaze
with light and sound.