Mattel Agent Zero M Sonic Blaster 5530

Ed Steele August 16, 2005 42


Sadly I wasn’t old enough to own one a Mattel Agent Zero M Sonic Blaster in 1966 but if I had I can assure you that the side would be marked in chalk “I’s” for each eardrum I had blown out (other kids, not mine silly!) This sonic bazooka was pulled off the market after parents realized children could blow out other children’s eardrums from “dozens” of feet away.
As soon as we can get one of these from ThinkGeek, you’ll get a full review, I promise.
Mattel Agent Zero M Sonic Blaster 5530 on eBay


  1. Chris February 22, 2008 at 11:02 pm -

    I had one of these and I loved it!! I guess I was lucky that I didn;t rupture any ear drums but the shock value of that sound and the thrust of air was used to lift several of those flowing 60’s dresses at one of my parents cocktail parties in 1966 Montreal. I would love to have one of them again. This was the best toy of my childhood, closely followed by the Johnny 7 One Man Army; Rifle Rocket grenade launcher Gun.

  2. Dave April 13, 2008 at 7:50 pm -

    I have one that has all the paperwork and shipping box it came with.
    I have pumped it up and shot it a few times.
    I also had one as a kid but it sadly broke and was thrown away.Everything is always for sale but I paid alot for this item.

  3. Bam July 3, 2008 at 7:02 am -

    Yep, an older neighborhood teenager gave me his when I was around 11. I LOVED that thing. LOUD, YES, but it was worth the powerful air blast it gave off. I shot my father from 30 feet away and not only did the noise scare him, but the blast of air was so strong it freaked him out. The red plastic handle finally broke. I wanted to have a machine shop make me a new handle but somehow the handle was lost thus the poor gun was tossed. I’m 47 now and still sad about the loss of that great air gun. Been looking on ebay for years for photos and or to purchase one.

  4. Joe B. July 30, 2008 at 9:03 pm -

    This was one of the best toys I had as a kid. They always seemed to break too easy though. I think I had three total before they were finally yanked off the shelf. Oddly enough, my last one came after they had been recalled. I lived in California and we were vacationing in Seattle, WA. They had a whole bunch of them in a huge toy store there.
    This was back when toys were interesting and exciting, not the wimpy things they have in the stores now.

  5. Neal September 1, 2008 at 3:37 pm -

    I also had one of these when I was much younger. I am 48 now and have started looking to see if I can find another. This was a great toy.

  6. Mike Campbell October 10, 2008 at 6:02 am -

    I had one as a young boy, we didn’t get much for Christmas and I was totally over-joyed when I got mine. My father loved it as much as I did shooting Dixie cups off of the kitchen table from across the room. Sadly I am one of the people that loss some hearing from it, and have a permanent high pitched ringing in my left ear.

  7. Donna December 20, 2008 at 6:45 pm -

    My brother got one of these for Christmas when we were kids in the 60’s. “I” loved it too. Our older next door neighbor boys came over and played with it more than we did on Christmas day! I’m looking for one for my brother THIS christmas! He’s 50 now but still a kid at heart! Anyone know where I can find one?

  8. pat faucett December 28, 2008 at 2:20 am -

    Hello! Here is a 52 year old kid that had a mattel sonic blaster when they first came out! One of my favorite toys that I ever owned! That thing was so wonderfully loud and fun to play with! Yes, I may be a relic, but how great it was to grow up in an era of Real Toys! Kids nowdays just have no clue, do they? Thanks for the flashback! Pat

  9. Jack E Morrison January 3, 2009 at 7:57 pm -

    I had one of these toys and it is the one toy I remember having so much fun with. I would point it up in the air as a flock of crows would fly by and they would alter there flight path as if they were avoiding the big blast of air this bazooka would deliver. I would buy another one of these toys in a heart beat if one was available. I did not suffer any hearing damage as far as I know. I also feel sorry for kids now adays everything is to regulated.

  10. 7LeagueBoots January 21, 2009 at 12:51 am -

    I had something very like this when I was little back in the early ’70’s. Only it was a smaller hand-held version that came with a cardboard box target. The target had hanging strips of mylar printed with a picture of a spaceship on it. The gun was about the size of a mid-sized Nerf gun… I have no idea who made it, but it sure was fun. You could knock over action figures and such at about 30 feet.

  11. Bharnz January 30, 2009 at 8:43 pm -

    I have a working one, that still moves the curtains at 30 feet. everything has its price, anyone interested.
    no box, and scope is missing, but it shoots, a ball of air.

  12. Stephen Bignault February 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm -

    My brothers and I had both the Mattel Sonic Blaster and the Wham-O Air Blaster which is the pistol type gun that 7LeagueBoots described. We used to pump these things up, shove the end of the barrel in mud and blast muddy grit at each other. Hurts like hell. Amazingly, no one lost an eye. I do remember my ears ringing though.

  13. simon February 18, 2009 at 8:10 pm -

    I am looking for,Mattel Agent Zero M Sonic Blaster 5530. Tell me your price

  14. simon February 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm -

    I am looking for,Mattel Agent Sonic Blaster . Tell me your price.

  15. len novak March 5, 2009 at 5:57 am -

    Can anyone tell what what made the Blaster work.
    Did the red lever cock a piston inside or did it
    compress air in a chamber to be suddenly released?
    Thinking of hacking something together for fun.

  16. Tom March 9, 2009 at 1:47 am -

    I loved the one I had as a kid, but it eventually broke. I thought about it fondly in college when shaving cream fights would break out in the dorm. I always loved to imagine the look of horror the instigators would get when they found a barrel full of shaving cream aimed right at them and their puny can with its tiny little short range stream of shaving cream :-).
    By the way, I took mine apart after it broke. The red lever operated a pump – the more you pumped it, the bigger charge you could build up till it started leaking around the edge of the cover that the trigger released on the business end of the compression chamber. Basically just like your ordinary air cannon used on MythBusters to shoot chickens or at the punkin chunkin contest.

  17. TR April 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm -

    I had one when I was a kid (born in 1958)
    used to shoot all my moms Christmas cards down, loved this toy, My Dad broke it while he was playing with it, promised to replace it and never did. Saw one at Starks Warehouse in around 1968, never got it.

  18. XERO April 7, 2009 at 6:31 pm -

    Never fear guys, I’m on it!I’ve been searching high & low,every garage & yard sale, since my second childhood started.That’s right, I’m another boy in a mans body.So,I figured, since I can’t find one, I’ll make one.Like that other guy said,the air cannon toy is just like those bigger cannons on TV.
    As a B’day present for myself I sent away for the Mattle pattent application drawings from a supplier in N.C..It’s the closest I’ve gotten to the real thing since 1970 when I got my real one at a flea market.I still don’t know what happened to that one.My mother denies any involvement & there were some older brothers of my friends whom I suspected at the time but the fact is it “disapeared” regaurdless.
    So, now a new mission,and I will have my revenge.Those cats that have been shittin’ in my garden won’t know what hit them.
    I’ll keep you posted.The way I figure it w/ the drawings as a guide & some ABS plumbing partz combined w/ some simple machined partz, I should have some good resultz by summer.What ever happens I’ll pass on the results via this site.
    We’ll show these thumb strong new kids what a real toy used to be.Wish me luck.And I’d appreciate any info or tips y’all have.

  19. Mike M July 20, 2009 at 1:36 am -

    Xero, I would really like a copy of the patent application drawings you bought, Will to pay a portion of your cost. ( I want to do the same thing bulild one out of PVC pipe. The difficult part is the trigger emchanism. How Mattel was able to release the charge of air quickly and all at once which gave the unit the sound of 157db. Please email me.

  20. Joe T. October 11, 2009 at 2:49 am -

    I have one .Can anyone tell me what it is worth.Everything work’s and is in great shape .No box . Thank you .

  21. tatman October 16, 2009 at 8:54 pm -

    The 157 db did not come out of te shooting end It was the shooter having his ear against the gun that had the ears damaged.
    I have seen them go on selling sites for as high as $2500.00 with the box and in new condition.
    Working up to 550.00
    I still have mine. and it works.

  22. russell register November 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm -

    I had 2 one broke and was gixed with a metal bar, My dad was in the Infantry in WWII, Ge gave me one lol man all those great summers playing army with it. I saw Battle of the Bulge and from that point on wanted to do Anti-tank. We had the cops called many times when I used it he he. I later got to do real ANti tank. But For a toy, OMG this was the best toy ever, I can understand why the $500 price. So many days and years of fun with it. We aimed it a cars etc but nobody lost a ear drum. No just old school fun, Man I wish I still had one of mine today. It was the best toy ever made.

  23. ed November 20, 2009 at 7:56 pm -

    GREAT toy, I don’t remember mine breaking but, being an Amy brat, it IS one of those things that didn’t make it through the many moves. Anybody else have the rest of the AGENT ZERO gear – the camera that turned into a pistol or the portable radio/beatbox that turned into a rifle/machine gun?

  24. Gary W. December 9, 2009 at 4:45 pm -

    I had a sonic blaster, too. Great fun. We also had the camera/pistol and radio/rifle. I didn’t remember they were all the same line of toys. Those were fun, too.

  25. tatman December 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm -

    I tried to put my price on but they removed comment.
    Would like to sell though

  26. Jeff S January 24, 2010 at 2:00 am -

    I’m loving reading these comments about this kick butt toy. My grandpop would crank the thing up and let me shoot if off the back porch at the birds eating his seeds. Great memories.
    I’m very interested in whether or not XERO has had any luck with building one. I’m also in the market to purchase one. Any sellers please contact me.

  27. Jon M March 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm -

    I owned one, too. I over-pumped it so much that I broke the pump-handle pivot. I bolted it back together until it finally gave up. The noise in my ear was quite loud.

  28. adam April 19, 2010 at 1:27 am -

    I have a sonic blaster still works great, anybody interested

  29. Tish May 27, 2010 at 4:28 am -

    I had one too. Loved it till it broke, I used a cord run down to a lever inside to engage the pump armature for a while till that too gave up the ghost. I would still love to own one or at least see high res pics.

  30. Ken Wolfert July 30, 2010 at 6:09 am -

    I just bought one on Ebay paid 900.00 but it’s MINE!!!! I was 10 when I had mine and it was the best toy ever!!! My mom gave it to me early and I will always remember not wanting to go back to school! I am 55 and loving life now that I have my “Sonic Blaster” Sweet!!

  31. Lee Hagen August 4, 2010 at 4:13 am -

    It didn’t take us long to figure out a tennis ball would fit nice and tight in the barrel. They must have come out at better than 70 mph! And, it didn’t take long after that to break. I do remember having to reach down inside to relatch a lever that broke and eventually it quit altogether. Great fun while it lasted. A few years ago on Jay Leno’s show, I saw a vintage commercial for the Blaster with a pre-teen Kurt Russel as the star.

  32. Bruce Joseph August 20, 2010 at 12:37 am -

    I have a working Sonic Blaster (just tested it). No box, but it still has the scope. It’s in very good shape, though it has some paint speckles on it.
    It’s been mine since I was a kid.
    If anyone wants to make me an offer, I can send photos.

  33. george sanders October 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm -

    I have a mattel radio rifle and the trigger came loose inside the plastic handle. Anyone have any suggestions on a repair without breaking it. The rifle was on the third generation when the trigger finally broke.

  34. Don Voreck January 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm -

    Hey Guys! I have a broken sonic air blaster I can’t wait to part with!
    The history is much the same as everyone is saying. My brother used it until it broke. Unable to part with it, and trying to get it to work, he cut off the back and checked out the piston, etc. Well… This is a never finished project. Next time my wife sees it she’ll chuck it. Right now it is in my car trunk.

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  36. Eric Huffman February 5, 2011 at 3:47 am -

    I had a Sonic Blaster when I was a kid (born 1960) I remember shooting the ice sicles off the eave of the roof with it in the winter. That was such a cool toy.


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