"Once a leash of thin black whips, like the arms of an octopus, flashed across the sunset and was immediately withdrawn, and afterwards a thin rod rose up, joint by joint, bearing at its apex a circular disk that spun with a wobbling motion. Then slowly the hissing passed into a humming, into a long, loud,droning noise. Slowly a humped shape rose out of the pit, and the ghost of a beam of light seemed to flicker out from it ... Forthwith flashes of actual flame, a bright glare leaping from one to another, sprang from the scattered group of men. It was as if some invisible jet impinged upon them and flashed into white flame. It was as if each man were suddenly and momentarily turned to fire."
The War of the Worlds "The Heat Ray"
The Martians arrive in massive cylinders that fall to earth as glowing green meteorites, opening, to reveal the martians inside, who bring swift death with their heat ray to all who approach them.
The Martian Landing scene features a half buried cylinder, with articulated heat ray, and poseable tentacles, removable cover, and hapless bystanders.
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Martian Cylinder on Brickshelf