Thunderbirds first debuted in 1965. The plot revolved around a family of brothers who used high tech machines to save people across the globe and even avert disaster. The series was so popular, it spawned it's own 50 year marketing campaign, ranging from toys, to comics, clothing, books and even ice cream.
As Thunderbird 3 comes in the same box and this is the follow up, we've already gone through the packaging. Thunderbird 3 is the red rocket that was used in a variety of space missions. The craft stands around the same height as the Matchbox toy and features a more show accurate paint scheme now, with an off white collar around the upper section. The find midsection is red with white details and now the arms feature black piping. It has THUNDERBIRD down the middle of the craft and six "3" numbers painted on the lower section and boosters.
Here's how Thunderbird 3 has evolved over the last 50 years. It's also obvious that this Corgi model is a retooled and modified Matchbox mold. The details are largely the same. Only difference I can see is the retooled collar piece and the shortened nosecone. The model is largely diecast with plastic arms and rubber nose.
I'm going to be honest, this set is perhaps the weakest release and that really is through no fault of it's own. The models themselves are great and they represent the vehicles from the show spot on. However, it's down to the fact that it's 2 rocket craft with very little in the way of action features, other than TB1's wings. They look great on display. The set has only just been released and is available direct through Corgi and the secondary market.