Well, we're at the end of January and the last of my stand alone Thunderbird 5 models. This one coes to us courtesy of the Bandai Scramble Machine 6 collector's set. This set included Japanese releases of the Matchbox TB1, TB3, and Fab 1, while incorporating exclusive TB2, TB4, and TB5 models. The TB5 is all plastic with a mostly chrome finish. You can reflect the sun off this model to blind people. It's reasonably accurate in terms of detail, but little color variation n the parts. What isn't chrome is either red or brown plastic. It's not bad though for a Bandai exclusive. It was meant be able to dock with the Matchbox TB3, but the latter is so heavy it pulls the model right over on its display stand. All in all; not a bad piece for the collection. The photos below will give you a good idea of what I'm talking about. Enjoy!
|Bandai TB5 in comparison to Matchbox TB3|