Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Corgi Thunderbirds Classics Thunderbird 1

Thunderbirds was a smash hit puppet show. It was created by Gerry Anderson 50 years ago and has remained popular ever since. 

Thunderbird 1 and Thunderbird 3 finally released this past week from Corgi. The box has the open window where the buyer can see the vehicles inside. The box is red and blue.

The sides of the box feature images of Scott and Alan. Their backgrounds are red and blue, so they don't clash. Interestingly, the continued use of the black logo.

The back of the box is in red, with yellow and white text. It runs down the vehicles statistics and origins of them, as per the TV show. It features stock photos of the craft flying against the sky.

Taking the model out of the box and we can see Thunderbird one in all it's glory. Now, I'm sure many eagle eyed people have noticed that this is practically the same as the Matchbox model from 1993. It's close enough, not exactly the same, but I'd say a definite retooled mold. It even features the swing wing feature. The only difference here is that Thunderbird 1 is now in a more accurate paint job in light gray, black banding and blue details. it even has THUNDERBIRD down the back and front, as well as TB 1 on the cockpit sides.

Ad we take a look at the various models of Thunderbird 1 over the years, we can see that they are largely the same and have remained consistent over the last 50 years. 

I was able to pick up a set for around £17 and I don't really regret the purchase. It's been a long time coming, so I can understand the spark has fizzled out for many fans, but really, they do serve as a more accurate set and upgrade to the Matchbox toys.