Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rapaport Bros Buck Rogers Spaceship

Time to get spacey again! It's been a while since I felt like doing much of anything but I got off my duff this week and managed to work up a post on this terrific Buck Rogers toy from the 1930s. Back in the day, ca 1934/35, Rapaport Brothers sold a 'Junior Caster' set which allowed kids to pour molten pot metal or lead into molds to make their own toys! One of those sets featured characters and space ships from the then hugely popular Buck Rogers comic strip. Many of the toys cast back then still survive as do many of the casting sets. One can still buy modern day 'pours', or repos, from people who own one of these caster sets. I believe the space ship featured today was an original casting from back then. It measures 4 1/2" (11.43cm) L x 2 1/4" (5.71cm) H x 1/2" (1.27cm) W at the base. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Not being too familiar with the Buck Rogers Universe, I have no idea if this space ship was one of the good guys or bad guys!

The top fin is supposed to run in a straight line along the top but I've noticed many of the fins have sagged, either through handling or perhaps improper care upon removing from the mold.

The Rapaport Bros ship in hot pursuit of a Tootsietoy Battle Cruiser

Posed here with a couple of the Buck Rogers Junior Caster set figures

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