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Thunderbirds is a British mid-1960s science fiction television show devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and made by AP Films using a form of marionette puppetry dubbed Supermarionation.
The series followed the adventures of International Rescue, an organisation created to help those in grave danger using technically advanced equipment and machinery.

The series focused on the head of the organisation, ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, and his five sons Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John. They piloted the Thunderbird machines. Perennially popular, the series is still shown today and has inspired a number of subsequent television programmes and films.
Several companies, including Matchbox and Dinky were licensed to produce die-cast metal and plastic toys based on the Thunderbird vehicles. They proved hugely popular and were one of the best selling merchandising lines of the decade.
Original Thunderbirds toys are now expensive and highly sought after collectors items.

Many toys were made by Matchbox in the 90s to coincide with a revival of the TV series, including a Tracy Island playset and also the new movie, though they were generally marketed outside the US and in Canada.

The Tracy Island set was particularly popular in the UK, being the best selling toy at Christmas and was in such high demand on the year of its release that the BBC children's television show Blue Peter instructed viewers in constructing their own version from household materials. Remarkably, the free fact sheet that detailed this process also became so sought-after that it too became difficult to obtain.
The Tracey Island with 4 buttons to give 4 commands. Language English or Spanish.

The Gift Set (see pictures below) and the Tracey Treasure Island was sold around Christmas 1993 and I can still remember people lining up during the night to get one set at opening time at their local Toys-R-Us in the UK! Probably the first but certainly the last Matchbox item ever where you had to queue to get one. At the same time BBC also sold a different box with the same content. A huge success story too and very hard to get as they were sold out after a couple of days. The third picture below is the box of the gold and silver plated items as issued by Matchbox Collectibles in 1996.

The Standard Gift Set The BBC Gift Set The MB Collectibles Gift Set

The individual (die casted) items as produced by Matchbox during 1993 for the Thunderbirds Gift Sets came later also available as individual items.
Either in blister packaging or in a special white box (no printing on it). However the nicest box I bought during those days was a huge box of Barratt which I bought for Uk.Pnds 4.99 ! It included a lot of sweets, the Thunderbird 1 and a Thunderbird 1 Pencil Tin.
Barratt Gift Set


The range was extended with one more Model: The Mole. Apparently I didn't sell well as it was the last die casted model made and one of the rarest ones to find nowadays for a reasonable price (around $ 40.00).

Matchbox also issued 3 blistercards and a three pack with so called pull back models and 1 blister card with 3 small models.
They are cheap plastic toys.

The individual plastic models are from 5 to 7 cm and those models are not part of the catalog below.


The final items issued by Matchbox were:
  • 4 large dolls
  • Large Thinderbird One in plastic.
  • Large Thunderbird Three/Four in plastic
To finish the series Matchbox Collectibles issued in 1996 to items:
  • The original Collector Box in gold plated models
  • A Special Thunderbird 3

Toy company Bandai produced toys to coincide with the release of the 2004 live action movie in the UK. As of 2007, Japanese companies such as Aoshima, Konami and Takara were still producing new Thunderbirds toys based on the original series vehicles, including Takara's very expensive Thunderbird 2 model with lights and working motorised legs which lift the fuselage, exposing the cargo pod.

In 2011, the British Royal Mail launched a commemorative Gerry Anderson stamp series, including Thunderbirds 2 and 5 and a hologrammed set of stamps displaying Thunderbirds 1, 2, 3 and 4 by tilting each of the four stamps back and forth.

Several Thunderbirds Toys to get a feeling for the dimensions.



Thunderbirds is a British mid-1960s science fiction television show devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and made by AP Films using a form of marionette puppetry dubbed Supermarionation.
The series followed the adventures of International Rescue, an organisation created to help those in grave danger using technically advanced equipment and machinery.

The series focused on the head of the organisation, ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, and his five sons Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John. They piloted the Thunderbird machines. Perennially popular, the series is still shown today and has inspired a number of subsequent television programmes and films.
Several companies, including Matchbox and Dinky were licensed to produce die-cast metal and plastic toys based on the Thunderbird vehicles. They proved hugely popular and were one of the best selling merchandising lines of the decade.
Original Thunderbirds toys are now expensive and highly sought after collectors items.

Many toys were made by Matchbox in the 90s to coincide with a revival of the TV series, including a Tracy Island playset and also the new movie, though they were generally marketed outside the US and in Canada.

The Tracy Island set was particularly popular in the UK, being the best selling toy at Christmas and was in such high demand on the year of its release that the BBC children's television show Blue Peter instructed viewers in constructing their own version from household materials. Remarkably, the free fact sheet that detailed this process also became so sought-after that it too became difficult to obtain.
The Tracey Island with 4 buttons to give 4 commands. Language English or Spanish.

The Gift Set (see pictures below) and the Tracey Treasure Island was sold around Christmas 1993 and I can still remember people lining up during the night to get one set at opening time at their local Toys-R-Us in the UK! Probably the first but certainly the last Matchbox item ever where you had to queue to get one. At the same time BBC also sold a different box with the same content. A huge success story too and very hard to get as they were sold out after a couple of days. The third picture below is the box of the gold and silver plated items as issued by Matchbox Collectibles in 1996.

The Standard Gift Set The BBC Gift Set The MB Collectibles Gift Set

The individual (die casted) items as produced by Matchbox during 1993 for the Thunderbirds Gift Sets came later also available as individual items.
Either in blister packaging or in a special white box (no printing on it). However the nicest box I bought during those days was a huge box of Barratt which I bought for Uk.Pnds 4.99 ! It included a lot of sweets, the Thunderbird 1 and a Thunderbird 1 Pencil Tin.
Barratt Gift Set


The range was extended with one more Model: The Mole. Apparently I didn't sell well as it was the last die casted model made and one of the rarest ones to find nowadays for a reasonable price (around $ 40.00).

Matchbox also issued 3 blistercards and a three pack with so called pull back models and 1 blister card with 3 small models.
They are cheap plastic toys.

The individual plastic models are from 5 to 7 cm and those models are not part of the catalog below.


The final items issued by Matchbox were:
  • 4 large dolls
  • Large Thinderbird One in plastic.
  • Large Thunderbird Three/Four in plastic
To finish the series Matchbox Collectibles issued in 1996 to items:
  • The original Collector Box in gold plated models
  • A Special Thunderbird 3

Toy company Bandai produced toys to coincide with the release of the 2004 live action movie in the UK. As of 2007, Japanese companies such as Aoshima, Konami and Takara were still producing new Thunderbirds toys based on the original series vehicles, including Takara's very expensive Thunderbird 2 model with lights and working motorised legs which lift the fuselage, exposing the cargo pod.

In 2011, the British Royal Mail launched a commemorative Gerry Anderson stamp series, including Thunderbirds 2 and 5 and a hologrammed set of stamps displaying Thunderbirds 1, 2, 3 and 4 by tilting each of the four stamps back and forth.

Several Thunderbirds Toys to get a feeling for the dimensions.

1 1993 1 17636/1
Thunderbird 1
Length 10 cm
2 1993 2 17637/1
Thunderbird 2
Length 15 cm
3 1993 3 17638/1
Thunderbird 3
Length 10.5 cm
4 1993 4 17639/1
Thunderbird 4
Length 4.5 cm
5 1993 5 17773
Lady Penelope FAB 1
Amber Windows
5 1993 5 17640/1
Lady Penelope FAB 1
 
1 1993 6 17647/2
Thunderbird 1
Length 10 cm
Gold/Silver Plated
2 1993 7 17649/2
Thunderbird 2
Length 10.5 cm
Gold/Silver Plated
3 1993 8 17648/2
Thunderbird 3
Length 15 cm
Gold/Silver Plated
4 1993 9 17650/2
Thunderbird 4
Length 4.5 cm
Gold/Silver Plated
5 1993 10 17651/2
Lady Penelope FAB 1

Gold/Silver Plated
6 1993 11 17641/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Lady Penelope
6 1993 12 17642/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Parker
6 1993 13 17643/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
The Hood
6 1993 14 17652/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Brains
6 1993 15 17644/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Jeff
6 1993 16 17645/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Gordon
6 1993 17 17646/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
John
6 1993 18 17653/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Scott
6 1993 19 17660/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Virgil
Variation Orange Belt
6 1993 19 17654/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Virgil
6 1993 20 17655/3
Plastic 9 cm (3,5 inch) Thunderbird Character
Alan
7 1993 25 17656
The Mole
15 cm
8 1993 26 17657
Thunderbird One (Plastic)
22 cm
9 1993 27 17658
Thunderbird Two/Four (Plastic)
42 cm
Thunderbird Three
9 1993 28 17659
Thunderbird Two/Four (Plastic)
10 cm (Part of Thunderbird Two)
Thunderbird Four
10 1995 30 17661/4
Large Thunderbird Dolls 24 cm (9.5 inch)
Gordon Tracy
10 1995 31 17662/4
Large Thunderbird Dolls 24 cm (9.5 inch)
Scott Tracy
10 1995 32 17663/4
Large Thunderbird Dolls 24 cm (9.5 inch)
Virgil Tracy
10 1995 33 17664/4
Large Thunderbird Dolls 24 cm (9.5 inch)
Alan Tracy