Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gentlemen, we cannot allow a PEW!PEW!PEW! gap.



Now you know how those companies in the SPIW program recouped the R&D costs from their failed entries.

24 comments:

Bram said...

Is it too late to add to my Christmas list?

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Hollee Jebus, if i had only been born a few years earlier...

Tim D said...

pew pew pew?

David said...

I hate to say this, but I remember that ad. :)

Dwight Brown said...

NJT:

I kind of had that thought myself. Then I remembered:

Whatever may happen, we have got
The Nerf N-Strike Vulcan
and they have not.

fast richard said...

I remember that commercial. I was not impressed. I thought it was too gimmicky. At that age I was thoroughly indoctrinated by the C B Colby book "Musket to M-14". My trademark toy plastic gun was a replica M-14.

Anonymous said...

The kid need to yell Wolverines!

We had a toy mortar and bazooka in our neighborhood squad. There were long discussions on blast radius and damage.

Your dead!

No I'm not!

Yes you are!

Time out, then back to the battle!


Gerry

Brad said...

What about the perforated eardrum gap?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El6t8lcz0V4

RevolverRob said...

I've been buying antique toy guns for years. Johnny Sevens were among the best and are some of the most collectible. Complete good condition OMAs will set you back as much as a brand-spankin'-new Noveske Infidel.

But what fascinates me more is that back in the day, they made toy guns that actually...SHOT projectiles out. Metal projectiles and they used caps and springs to project them. By the time I was a kid we had transitioned to rubber darts and sometime about the time I turned 9 or 10 the first serious NERF guns came out. Today NERF and airsoft are what we have, but most mothers and fathers wet themselves at the idea of a kid playing with guns that don't shoot imaginary projectiles of love. Seems a shame that when my dad was a kid, a Shootin' Shell Fanner 50 was an expensive, but relatively normal toy.

-Rob

Windy Wilson said...

I don't have to just remember the ad, I remember the toy itself. And running around in the yard with it. I also remember my early discovery that such multi-functional things were compromises, and devices dedicated to a single function worked better and did not break as soon.
But as a pigeon-chested nine-year-old, I sure wanted one, and I got it. The Magumba, on the other hand, was apparently too expensive for the family budget.

Drang said...

I wanted one of those so bad...

Graybeard said...

Mrs. Graybeard just observed, "This is the world we live in: we can dress our daughters as a ho, but can't dress our boys as soldiers. A prosti-tot is acceptable, a soldier isn't".

armedlaughing said...

Never had one of those. :-(

I did get a Fanner Fifty with Matty Matel Shootin' Shells and Greenie Stickum Caps, though!
And, it's Dock Special brother!

What's worse than stepping on a Lego in the dark? Stepping on a tiny grey plastic bullet!

gfa

Buzz said...

Graybeard:

Don't worry, it would be acceptable to dress your son as a female soldier.

PA State Cop said...

I remember a Air Bazooka. Didn't have a projo but we found out a Nerf ball fit perfectly. The cat would burn rubber getting out of dodge when it saw us coming. ;)

William Foley said...

Greatest toy gun evah! Won the Cold War with it (in my neighborhood anyway).

Stretch said...

Our cat dreaded the day I received my "Johnny Magumbo" rifle. She would dash across clear spaces.
You learn a lot about ballistic arch when firing a spring loaded bullet.

Anonymous said...

And Remco's products of a similar age. Monkey Divions & Hamilton Invaders.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_Invaders

http://www.bigredtoybox.com/cgi-bin/toynfo.pl?monkeydivindex

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60585948@N00/3908542588/

DrBaboon

staghounds said...

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_sop=3&_nkw=johnny++seven&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc

Steve Skubinna said...

That's where the idea for the Stoner 63 came from. Duh.

global village idiot said...

I had to wait until my early 20s to play with guns like that; then again, when it's an M16A2 with an M203 grenade launcher slung underneath, it's kind of worth the wait.

It's too bad no one came up with a "Johnny Ranger Forward Observer" playset complete with FDC screwing up your call-for-fire and a goofus Chief-of-Smoke at the firing line short-charging your DPICM rounds.

gvi

Joe said...

Merry Chrostmas

Joel said...

That ad takes me back ... to memories of subtle and extremely unsuccessful hints that the OMA would be the perfect Christmas present for a certain deserving boy.

As I recall they were kind of pricey, though. I never did get one, but (as usual with the cooler toy guns) played with the one belonging to the kid down the street.

Ed said...

I had one of those.
Probably explains a lot.