2002
Diecast, etc...  Classic Ford Thunderbirds
covering models for 1955, 1956, 1957
56 Models listed
 The following is a listing of the classic Thunderbird models that have been released this year.  Some are new models and some are new paint jobs & some are new packages*.

How to tell the difference between a '55, a '56 and a '57 Thunderbird

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2002 "NEW"
Thunderbird Models
RUMORS:  When or Will these appear?
*1956 black kid-size pedal car

1955 Thunderbirds:
Model # - Name
Photo
Manufacturer / Country Scale Description
*club 24 edition  . ss / China 1/24 turquoise;same as ss 7714 (with black and white interior. It has a white top 
cover on the deck area.) - new packaging:  #1949 distributed by Aldi inc. food stores. purple box
 1954 Prototype . Durham Classics / Canada. 1/43. White / Pink fairlane stripe; 2002 CTCI New Jersey Convention special; limited to 100
1954 Prototype DC-36A . Durham Classics / Canada 1/43 black / Yellow fairlane stripe; 2002 CTCI New Jersey Convention special; limited to 100
1955 . Durham Classics / Canada 1/43 White with red & white interior; a Custom, limited edition (25) commemorating David Angel's participation in The 2001  Inca Trail 15,000 mile Road Rally in South America. 
*Sports Car, Village Collectibles . Lemax / China 1/43 plastic; red with white top; battery operated slot car; rear bumper is still upside down.  first produced in 1999 as part of a set.  Now packaged by itself.
1955 Thunderbird ?? / China 
possible Dinky mold
1/43 Melrose Hotel of New York has a white '55, 1/43 out as part of a promotion that is now over. Melrose Hotel logo; Thunderbird blue 2002 model printed on box.
1955 Thunderbird . Revell 1/18 Black (new color) - red and white interior; no hard top
1955 Thunderbird . Revell 1/18 Red - reissue of old model, no hard top
1955 Thunderbird . Revell 1/18 Thunderbird blue; with matching teal & white interior - like original model; no hard top
1955 Thunderbird Case / China 
clock works from Japan
1/43  Silver plated with Clock inserted in place of hood.  Well detailed diecast model
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1956 Thunderbirds:
Model # - Name
Photo
Manufacturer / Country Scale Description
*Munsingwear at Mervyn's; an American Classic MotorMax / China 1.24 red with tan interior; continental kit is MISSING from formed rear bumper.  wide white wall tires (note this is is like the old MotorMax models from several years ago - it's listed because of the missing kit and new packaging.)  This was a week long promotional at Mervyn's in February.
American Graffiti Series Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 white with red interior; porthole hardtop; white line tires
White Lightning American Graffiti Series Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 white with white lightning tires, red interior; porthole hardtop 
OR - white with white interior 
Model Kit Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 same model as American Graffiti - in kit form
Legendary Bad Birds Johnny Lightning / China 1/60. black with red interior; topless. series 1
White Lightning Legendary Bad Boys . Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 pearl white; red interior; white line tires; topless
Legendary Bad Birds Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 red with white porthole hardtop; series 2
White Lightning Legendary Bad Birds . Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 red with white porthole hardtop; WHITE HUBS series 2
Ad Rods . Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 light blue; blue interior; topless; packaged with replica of Ford ad
White Lightning Ad rods . Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 light blue; blue interior; topless; white lightning marked on tires; white base
Legendary Bad Birds Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 Buckskin tan? with white porthole top; white interior; Series 3
Legendary Bad Birds Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 Mint green; topless; white interior; Series 3
Legendary Bad Birds . Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 Series 4  cancelled
Holiday Johnny Lightnings Johnny Lightning / China 1/60 Gold chrome with white porthole hardtop
*Hot Rods Tonka / China 1/64 black with side graphics - in 5 pak;  same as  in single paks (#9) - 
Packed with    Mustang, Pickup, school bus, hot rod and '56 bird.
* . New Ray / China 1/43 blue with red & white interior (same as NewRay that came out last year in the City Cruiser's series) cont'l kit
Extreme Machine New Ray / China 1/43 red with flames - white nose leading to yellow flames; topless; cont'l kit; red & white interior
56 T-bird . Busch / Germany 1/87 yellow with tan interior; topless
56 t-bird . Busch / Germany 1/87 green with white interior; topless
56 T-bird Maisto / China 1/64 red (same as version from 2000) with new 5 spoke wheels
56 T-bird - Kid connection . Maisto / China 1/64 red (as above) - different packaging - packed with 34 Ford; Walmart exculsive package
56 T-Bird - Model Car Kit New Ray / china 1/43 yellow model kit
56 T-bird . Crown Premium / China 1/24 red and white top,  part of a set with Nebraska "Corn Huskers" logos - truck, trailer and car.  Each are boxed separately.   It's a limited edition of 300.
Drag Specialties . Crown Premium/China 1/24 blue with white flame stylized graphics advertising Drag Specialties
Little Debbie '56 T-bird . Crown Premium/China 1/24 Thunderbird blue with teal and white interior
1956 Thunderbird Unique Replicas - Tin Toys / China 1/24 white, red with white top, black with white top and yellow with white top; same mold as the Crown Premiums.
**** 1956 Thunderbird Street Rods . Unique Replicas - Tin Toys / China 1/24 black, blue, purple or yellow with orange flames; no continental kit;  straight rear bumpers;
 '56 Thunderbird Muscle Machines FunLine / China 1/64 yellow (02-59) or red (02-53); monster engine sticking up thru hood. large rear wheels.
 1956 Thunderbird Carrera 1/32 slot car; White with driver; blue & white interior - same  model as the yellow from last year but with blond female driver. Slot Car
56 Thunderbird "Blown 'Bird" Carrera 1/32 slot car; Buckskin Tan; no top; driver in blue with helmet; roll bar behind driver seat; grey interior with white inserts; racing graphics; "honest Ernie's garage"; slot car
 1956 Thunderbird Rio 1/43 Black with black & white interior - limited right now?
1956 Thunderbird . Revell / China 1/18 Black, black and white interior 
1956 Thunderbird . Revell / China 1/18 Fiesta Red with black and white interior - this is a new color for Revell
1956 Thunderbird . Revell / China 1/18 Yellow; black and white inteiror; looks almost identical to original issue other than top holes in rear deck are painted silver
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1957 Thunderbirds:
Model # - Name
Photo
Manufacturer / Country Scale Description
Nascar Racing Series HW . Mattel /  1/64 blue, Mark Martin's #6 on top & sides; "pfizer" on trunk, hood & sides;  #1 of 4 on pkg; white-line tires  (see 2001 list for #4 in series)
Nascar Racing Series HW . Mattel 1/64 blue w/white porthole top; Jeff Burton's Citgo #99 on sides;  #2 of 4 on pkg; 
Nascar Racing Series HW . Mattel 1/64 #12 Ryan Newman/Alltel - #3 of 4 in series
Auto Milestones HW . Mattel /  1/64  blue with white top; Walmart exclusive; 1 of 16 cars in series
Hot Wheels; Package #165 . Mattel 1/64 blue; , with "Hot Wheels" & "Racing" on the side and "Hot Wheels Racing" #7 on the top. 5-spoke wheel.
Ford Precision 100 Series - 1957 Thunderbird . Ertl / China 1/18 StarMist Blue with 2-tone blue interior; white porthole hardtop; very detailed! inside & out
Ford Precision 100 Series - 1957 Thunderbird . Ertl/China 1/18 Red with white porthole top; all red interior; detailed inside and out. late entry for 2002
Battle Bird . ??/USA 1/24 Resin model kit; use in conjunction with the AMT/Ertl model kit
HW Cruisin' America  . Mattel 1/64 metallic maroon, white top, with black, silver and gold markings 
and wide whites; exclusive to Walmart
HW Military Rods . Mattel 1/64 red. white and blue with porthole top; Air Force Thunderbirds logo on side; exclusive to KBee Toys
HW Houston Astros . Mattel 1/64 maroon with white porthole top; Game giveaway on Sept 14, 2002
MB 2002 SALMON RIVER  . Matchbox/Mattel 1/64 MATCHBOX 2002 SALMON RIVER 1957 TBIRD
MB USA Thunderbird . Matchbox/Mattel 1/64 red white & blue; in 3-pak; exclusive to Toys R Us, Part of 50 States series; representing the USA.
 57 Thunderbird . Majorette 1/63 red with white inteirior; "Driver 2" printed on side; advertising the PlayStation Game. custom??
57 Ford T-bird Phat Boys Simple Wishes / China 1"x1.5" Purple with cream porthole top - flattened body; 
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If you know of any other models that have been released this year, please e-mail me with a description - model/package # - Manufacturer - scale --- Description including colors available,&  & anything special about the car.  I will add it to the list.
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Lists:  1955 A-H 1955 I-M 1955 N-Z ?? 1956 A-F 1956G-J 1956K-N 1956 O-Z + ?? 1957 A-H 1957 I-R 1957 S-Z ?? Model Kits Hot Wheels
released in:  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
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Hot Wheels
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Micro Models
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*  Some cars are rather generic for 1955 & 1956 ie. have characteristics of both years.  If you don't see your model listed in the '56 list it may be in the '55 list.  Manufacturer of many of those models is also hard to determine so distributor's name is listed which is why some models look the same but have different "manufacturers"

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