Monday, June 11, 2012

Mean green rescue machine...

Popy - box
Grip - box

Thunderbird 2, Popy, Japan, 1970's

Thunderbird 2, Grip, Japan, 1970's
(with tiny TB4)
Before weight watchers (left)...  after (right)

From all the Thunderbirds spacecraft, this is without any doubt the most recognizable. It taught kids that you could put a 20' container in a spaceship and call it a "pod" - and that the whole thing floated when dropped in water. In all my experience in international trade - a container will absolutely sink if it falls of a vessel ! (unless it is filled with styrofoam :). The detail on these small ships are amazing - and the legs (which don't have any opening mechanism like the Dinky toys) are very fragile.

Difference between TB4 from Popy
and Dinky? Popy has sloped cockpit. 
WIth their British Dinky cousin...


  1. The "jolly green giant"!! : )
    That's a great spaceship! I love it! Got (only) one myself. Congratulations!


  2. It is Filipe, it is also one of my all-time favorites.