Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Excellent Charawheels Alan Tracy With Hoverbike!

     This is a really cool toy.  The Charawheels (Japanese Hotwheels) Thunderbirds collection included three impressive sets that each included three pod vehicles as well as a Tracy brother on a hoverbike.  Since we're featuring Thunderbird 3 this month; I thought it would be a good idea to include Alan on his hoverbike.  The hoverbikes were one of the standout elements of the classic episode Attack of the Alligators.  The toys is decently made.  it's on par with contemporary Hotwheels offerings.  The Alan figure (which can be separated from the bike) is plastic with passable details.  The bike itself is diecast and plastic and looks very nice.  It's a cool and unique addition to my collection.  check out my photos below and enjoy!

Alan Tracy and the rest of the TB3 fleet

The Amazing Aoshima Thunderbird 3!

    I do love the Aoshima Thunderbird 3.  Just like the Aoshima TB5 and TB4 that I reviewed ealrier this year; the TB3 is very well made.  It's a tad on the small side, but makes up for it with a lot of detailing.  I also appreciate the horizontal stand.  Being able to display it this way makes it stand out from my other TB3 models that are all vertical.  There are no special features or functions which in my book puts it more in the model category.  It looks great in my collection.  Check out my photos below.  Enjoy!

The full TB3 fleet and Alan Tracy

Behold Thunderbird 3!

     Thunderbird 3 is one of International rescues most impressive, but least utilized craft.  Designed for space rescues as well as resupplying TB5, it towers above the other IR craft.  Special effects master Derek Meddings based the design on Soviet rocket concepts.  During the course of the series, it's only utilized for rescues in three episodes:  Sunprobe, The Imposters, and Ricochet.  International rescue's largest craft happens to be piloted by its youngest member: Alan Tracy.  For the rest of August we'll focus on the various Thunderbird 3 toys and models in my collection.  Enjoy!

Derek Meddings original concept painting of TB3

TB# launching from its hangar beneath the Round House.
Astronaut Alan Tracy

The Awesome Bandai Diecast Thunderbird 4!

    For many years, I've wanted to own the 1992 Bandai diecast Thunderbirds 4, but collector's costs made that impossible.  That changed recently.  I bought a lot of five Bandai Thunderbirds toys (MIB) for a price so low it was astounding.  Among those acquisitions was the TB4 I had long sought.  Let me tell you; it was worth the wait.
    The toy is extremely well made; very durable.  The details are fantastic.  The only special features it has are the pivoting lamp array and a spring loaded missile launcher in the bow.  There are also wheels on the underside, but that's consistent with Bandai at that time.  The canopy is opaque so there are no cockpit details to consider.  All in all, a great addition to the collection.  check out my photos and enjoy!

The button on the top of the cockpit is for the missile launcher.

The small projection you see behind the lamp array on the port side is the missile.  The toy comes with three of these.

Back To Business Again!

     Well, it has been nearly five months since I've had any time to lavish on my blog.  My job keeps me busy and leaves me mentally exhausted on the weekends.  For that, I apologize.  Spring and summer here in Arizona take their toll on my health.   The extremely high temperatures affect my ability to function easily.  Be that as it may; I'm back.  Many new items have been added to my collection and we're still celebrating the 50th anniversary year of Gerry Anderson's classic Thunderbirds series.  There's definitely a lot to post and discuss between now and the end of the year.  I want to thank everyone who kept visitng the blog during my absence; I appreciate it.