Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Ray Gun Of The Future With A Slightly Rude Name

Pist_650In the gritty shadow of interplanetary conflict, there are several ways to wage war. There's physical warfare; tanks, superior firepower, etc. Then there's the theater of the psychological. Your enemies will cower with shame knowing that they've been gunned down by a weapon with the word "pissed" in it.

Okay, not exactly... But that sort of psychological warfare must be what the Lion factory had in mind when their armorers started to issue the "Sparkling Pist" to their young soldiers. Either that or it's just a careless typo from a factory in China pressing out very cheap tinplate sparking guns in the 60s.

The main spine of the gun is plastic, but both sides are metal. What look like misaligned stickers on the sides are actually graphics printed right onto the gun itself. There's a lion (more like a yawning kitten) on the butt of the gun. If the gun's ferocity diminishes, you can always give the gun new spark using the "flint inlet". Pist2_650Looking at the gun itself, it does say "pistol" right on there, so it looks more and more like the "pist" on the front of the box is merely a sad typographical error. Too bad. I really like the idea of holstering a Sparkling Pist on my next interplanetary adventure.

Care to join me? Unlike a lot of tin toys, this one is quite common and rather cheap. Some intergalactic suppliers on Ebay are trying to get a quick 50 dollars, but it's easy to find a boxed gun for around 15 space bucks. Just follow the link below, and join the Retro Thing Golden Pist Rangers. Wait a sec... that doesn't sound right...

thanks Sean!


Help out Retro Thing when you arm yourself with a Sparkling Pist


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