A good 10 or 12 years ago there was an ad on ebay for 6 Ideal Man From U.N.C.L.E. toy guns in their original boxes. Being an UNCLE fan since was 7 years old, this was as close to the Holy Grail as I could get as an adult.
Like most collectors, I suffered from "The Stuff My Mom Threw Away" syndrome. All my favorite toys as a kid were given the ol' heave ho the very second I stepped out the door to go to college. In this case, my beloved Man From UNCLE guns. I had them all, to be sure. "Gone" in the exact number of steps between our back door and the alley where the garbage cans were assembled weekly.
With the introduction of Ebay, the opportunity to recollect all my childhood memories reared its very pleasant (and in the beginning, inexpensive) head. Then one day a seller showed up with not only all the guns, but in their ORIGINAL BOXES. OH-RIG-INAL BOX-ES! Sparing you all the details and the week of horrible anticipation, the cheapest in the sale went for no less than $800. And the most expensive, almost $2000. From that moment on I had never stopped thinking about those guns in those boxes. Recollecting the guns was comparatively easy. But the boxes???????
This is where I come in. I don't claim for a second that any of my boxes are original. But I will say that I spend hours upon hours upon weeks upon months, plying them with as much love and affection as I can, using my Photoshop and graphic skills to get them as close to the originals as possible. That's how I would want to display my collectibles. And here's an interesting reaction I've had repeatedly now. . . . After I've replaced a toy into one of my reproduction boxes, and given it its place of honor in my office, I no longer have the desire for the original. Even if I could find one and then be able to afford it, I'm happy my toy gun and it's accessories are back in their twin fresh box. It's a fantastic feeling and affordable to boot.
What has finally made this work is that I was able to get enough of the original artwork together, pooling it from whatever resource I could, in order to recreate these boxes in their entirety.
So here I give you the very rare STASH AWAY GUN SET BOX. How rare? You'll notice I was never able to find the guns for this one. In addition, my reproduction was taken from the only two images that I've ever seen. From one image I could make out the top of the box as well as the bottom flap. In the other, I could just barely make out the side. I'm fairly sure I got it right. If not, eventually I will see another picture or hear from someone that I could make it better. And of course, I will the changes immediately. . . .
Full size, it is printed on Satin paper and then backed by chipboard to make it very sturdy. It comes complete with the insert, and a few black rubber bands If you happen to be lucky enough to have the Stash Away Guns desperately needing to be reunited with a new pristine version of the original box, here is your chance.
PLEASE NOTE: this ad is just for the box. The guns and accessories are NOT INCLUDED.
In the last picture above, at the bottom, you can see the picture from the Ebay ad a dozen years ago on the right, and my six brand new boxes in their mirrored arrangement on the left. A long time quest come to the end.
If you have any questions at all or in the least, please don't hesitate to contact me. As always, I remain your friendly neighborhood Creative Pal, Paul W.
- Listed on Oct 9, 2013
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