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Secret Sam Attaché Case from Topper Toys (1965)

Company: Topper Toys
Release date: 1965
Where to purchase: eBay

Released in the mid-1960s, Topper Toys’ Secret Sam toy line abetted budding spies-in-training with a range of gadgets for covert missions. The flagship item of the series was the Secret Sam Attaché Case, a spy kit concealed in a black plastic carrying case that measured 11.5 in. x 15.5 in. x 2.5 in.

Advertised as “the most amazing secret weapon ever,” the case included several spy essentials secured in place by Styrofoam packing. The pièce de résistance was a spring-loaded plastic pistol with a molded grip and scope. The gun shot short- or long-range plastic bullets (three of each were included). An attachable silencer and stock allowed the pistol to be converted into a rifle.

The pistol could also be equipped with a 14-inch-long attachable periscope, which provided kids with a stealth view of people and objects that weren’t in their direct line of sight. Finally, the gun could fire a missile carrying a secret message, useful to transmit classified information from behind enemy lines.

All spies need access to a secret camera, and Topper made sure to integrate one into the Secret Sam Attaché Case. It used 127 film to take stealth photos through a side opening in the case when a button on top was pressed. It could also be removed and used in a standalone fashion.

The popularity of Secret Sam Attaché Case led Topper to release additional spy gadgets, including Bomb Binoculars, a toy that functioned both as a binocular set and explosive device; and, the Pipe Shooter, a normal-looking pipe that contained a secret mirror and had projectile firing capability.

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