The Siren Sparkling Airplane Pistol was made by Marx in the late 1940s or early ‘50s. The body is based on other Marx space guns such as the “Sparkling Celebration Pistol” and the “Siren Sparkling Pistol”. What’s different is the wing with delicate celluloid-like propellers.
The toy comes with the original box and the original instructions.
Attach the wing to the top of the gun. Squeeze the rigger as fast as you can: sparks will fly. Now twirl yourself in place while pulling the trigger. The propellers spin, sparks shoot, and the siren sounds. We did that- until we were dizzy.
Size: The gun is about 7 inches long; 2 ¾ inches wide at the siren; 5 ¼ inches tall at the tail; the wingspan is about 9 ¼ inches. The wing is 2 inches wide at the mid-point.
Condition: We replaced the flint, so it sparks. There are scrapes down to bare metal on one side of the pistol. There are scratches on the top of the wing, and some residue on the underside of the wing. We believe the residue will come off, but so will the paint. We’re leaving the residue in place. The propellers are undamaged.
The instructions are complete, but torn. They were loose in the box, and easily damaged.
The box has one major tear on one end. On the other end, there is writing on the flap that says, “For Defense…Save and Sell…This Empty Carton”. That is a pretty good indication of when this toy and box were made.
This is a very difficult toy to find. Up through September 2018 we only knew of one of these toys: a picture showing one in “Greenberg’s Guide to Marx Toys”. Another one of these came up for auction in October. Now we know of three!
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