Jul 13, 2011

Retro Star Wars Wednesday - Kenner Blaster Rifle

Back in 1978, we didn’t need no stinking orange painted cap and our guns were all black…ok mostly black. The inside of the barrel was yellow but the gun wasn’t all freakin neon colored!

The gun made “laser sounds” when you pulled the trigger. In the first version (seen here) it wasn’t much of a sound, it was more like a whirring/grinding noise. If you’ve ever heard a Kenner X-Wing or TIE Fighter, it’s on par with that.

This baby was loaded with 2 D batteries. When was the last time you used D batteries? After ESB, it would make more of a laser sound and have two firing modes/sounds and take a single 9-volt.

The thing I love about this classic is the 3-way stock it had. They truly don’t make em like this anymore.

Refer to the above image to see what I'm talkin' 'bout.
Left - stock is folded up and under the barrel which is usually how you see it on film
Middle - a small handgrip folds down so you can hold it like a tommy gun
Right - entire stock flips back and the handgrip flips down to become a butt so you could hold it like a true rifle

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