Dinky Toys 101 Thunderbirds 2 & 4
Thunderbirds 2 & 4 by Dinky Toys, No. 101. 1st issue. Very near mint/boxed. With both card packing pieces. From The Hastings Collection. Starting bid £500. Please note that QDT apply 12.5% buyer's commission.
First issue from 1967-73 in all original dark gloss green. The Thunderbird 2 is happily free from the usual little problems that are all too frequent with these early examples i.e. the retractable yellow legs are well-shaped and retract well and the plated parts and labels are complete, intact and bright.
Chip and a couple of tiny marks.
Note too that this example comes complete with the small Thunderbird 4 inside the pod.
Obviously unplayed with or indeed handled very much. The metal pod which has to be slid out has a little (minimal) marking which of course is invisible when assembled – and unavoidable as metal slides across metal. There is less marking at the sides than most we have seen!
The attractive inner card stand has lots of great artwork and looks fresh with excellent strong colours. Clean and so crisp! Minor wear and a small tear caused by model movement. Both tuck-in end flaps are present and intact.
Operating Instructions on the reverse (no separate leaflet with this example – leaflet included for examples sold to the French market).
The distinctive card outer box presents well and is happily free of the usual discolouration/foxing to the white background. Residue from a price label and a small puncture to one non-picture side that has pressed back into place and is quite easily overlooked! Light wear besides.
Card packing piece (a few tears) and additional sturdy card strip.
A great Gerry Anderson model to add to your collection – this early issue is a strong favourite with many collectors. A very difficult find in this condition.