|#6342 GAMMA RAY GARD
Copyright 1968--first year available 1969
Gamma Ray Gard Pak consisted of one projector molded in "red" and
"white". This launcher has four chambers that will load the equal amount of
probe projectiles included in the pak. The chamber rotates to release one at a time the
probes that deflect dangerous solar gamma rays in space. The projector can be mounted atop
a Space Station platform or positioned on the lunar surface.
The gamma ray gard projector was the
last of the four "launchers", and perhaps, the most unique of all. It did not
fire probes made of plastic, this projector fired "golden" mylar like
projectiles in the form of springy telescoping cone shaped probes. These projectiles were
launched by their own compressed spring action. Not by being thrusted from a spring
activated launcher. The projector merely contains the probe in a semi compressed state
held back by a thin wall of plastic. When you rotate the barrel the wall is moved out of
the chambers way and the self firing probe spits out across the mountains and craters to
be eaten by dad's lawn mower. Because of the launcher's simplistic design, it was
constructed of fewer parts. This also was the most durable and reliable of the launchers.
The probes it released however where the most fragile.
8 1/2" x 12" hole punched blister card with one long horizontal photo of Major
Matt Mason firing off a Gamma Ray Gard Probe.
DEALER CATALOG SPECS:
Each in standard packs of 1 doz. Wt: 4 lbs. Also available on card in Assortment pak #A6348 and in the 9" x 6 3/8" x 13 1/4" chip box in
standard pack of 1 doz. Wt: 5 lbs. And in the chip boxes in yet another Assortment pak #A6338 Wt: 7 lbs.
Other than packaging changing from blister cards to small chip boxes, I know of no other
variations of this toy.
Not available in the "Astro Trac Missile Convoy Set" like the rocket, satellite
and space probe launchers. In fact this was the only way the projector could be purchased.
However, this launcher was one of yet another group of four accessory cards.
One of four paks that were later
repackaged from blister card display to being undisclosed in small scenic chip boxes. (see
stock #6321, the Space Shelter Pak)
Now getting back to that "Sears
exclusive" missile convoy set. Those of us that have had or are still playing with
these have probably figured out that with a fourth mobile launch pad you can also
perfectly mount the Gamma Ray Gard Projector on the launch pads deck with the same
mounting pattern as the satellite launcher uses. Throw in a figure or two and this could
have been the "Deluxe Astro Trac Missile Convoy Super Action Set"!
ALSO INCLUDED IN:
The Gamma Ray Gard Gun was only available in this individual packaging.