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Target game - Space Battle Target Game

Space Battle Target Game

  • Object:

    Target game

  • Place of origin:

    Hong Kong (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1977-1982 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Injection-moulded polystyrene; blow-moulded polystyrene; printed card

  • Museum number:

    B.206:1 to 12-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Boxed target game consisting of three targets, two pistols and six white plastic balls. The standing targets are of printed card contained within white plastic tombstone-shaped frames. The target showing the robot is worth two-hundred points, the other two (respectively showing a hairy, cat-like alien and an armoured space warrior) are each worth fifty points. The pop guns are of red transparent plastic, with white plastic triggers, muzzles, breaches and spigots. They are futuristic in their appearances. The guns can hold as many as four of the white balls inside. With the toy is its original packaging, of printed card with a large transparent plastic window on its front. Printed on the front and on the back are illustrations of a starfighter resembling an X-Wing from Star Wars, a flying saucer, a robot resembling R2-D2 (also from Star Wars) and an armoured warrior. The robot and the warrior are both holding pistols of similar appearance to the pistols in the game.

Place of Origin

Hong Kong (manufactured)

Date

1977-1982 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Unknown (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Injection-moulded polystyrene; blow-moulded polystyrene; printed card

Marks and inscriptions

'2 POP BALL PISTOLS / STANDING TARGETS / SAFE SOFT BALLS'
Printed on box

'PAT. NO. 987069'
Moulded on PR side of each gun.

Dimensions

Length: 12.7 cm guns, Height: 7.8 cm targets, Depth: 16 cm box, Width: 35.7 cm box, Height: 3 cm box

Object history note

Part of the Edward Castle collection.

Descriptive line

Boxed toy, 'Space Battle Target Game': two pistols, eight white balls, three targets; Hong Kong, 1977-1982

Production Note

Another version of this game with one red and one blue gun was also available. The imagery on the box clearly borrows heavily from Star Wars, which was released in 1977.

Materials

Polystyrene; Paper

Techniques

Injection moulding; Blow moulding; Printing

Subjects depicted

Aliens; Robots; Spacecraft

Categories

Games; Toys & Games; Plastic; Play

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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