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The New Thunderbird 

Diecast List for the
2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005
Ford Thunderbird
issued since 2001
These pages are lists of items & photos found from 1999 to the current time all dealing with the new Ford Thunderbird.   Not for sale. The following is an alphabetical listing by Manufacturer or Distributor of the 2002  t 2005 Ford T-bird models released from 2000 to present.  Some are Diecast and some are from other materials.
Click on highlighted words to view pictures of models.
Differences between Concept and the 2002 models:
1- 2002 models generally  have turn signals & side lights  & 3rd brake light, concepts did not.  Concepts were released in 3 colors - light yellow, black and red.
2 - Concept models were released from 1999 to 2000 - some of those castings are still used today with production and fantasy colors
Question for Ford and Mattel - Where is the 1/64 scale model 2002-05 Thunderbird?  WE WANT ONE!!  Maisto just released their 1/64 version just before Christmas 2009.
Where is Mattel's version?
Another want: quote from another diecast collector:
"I really wish Danbury or Franklin Mint would make a Retrobird diecast so that we would have one highly detailed 1:24th version."
Editor's Comment:
Update 2009:  Maisto has plans to introduce a 3" toy version of the concept  - for children this year.  It will be the first designed for children, not the collector market - though you can bet we'll collect it, too.  Note that this is the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Concept Thunderbird to the world.
     Update June 2008: MiniChamps has been toying with us for two years in their 1/43 scale - first a "blank" showing on their catalog pages, then last fall, 2007, finally showing a yellow 1/43, then in January or February, a silver appeared in place of the yellow.  Latest - as of June 08, the silver is scheduled to be canceled before ever hitting the market. The black with white seats is still available thru their vendors.
      Malibu International has marketed 7 colors of their 1/87th scale model as of Dec. '06.  One color glaringly missing from their lineup is the 02/03 Whisper White color.  With over 6500 owners with that color on their car, it would seem to me to be a color that would be wanted by owners & collectors.  The few 1/18th scale models by Maisto that are in white are highly saught after by collectors and bring premium prices, more so than the scarce Neiman Marcus model in 1/18.
Old quest from 2005: Beanstalk has discontinued their 1/18 scale models of the Thunderbird.  Minichamps appears to have the mold for this model. We certainly would love to see the model in ice blue metallic, steel blue metallic, cashmere, and platinum silver; bronze; monterey mist,  and the rare inca gold
Had some fun and played with the graphics program - Wouldn't you like to see Ertl's Tiffany in all the colors? - Only the red hit the retail market, though all the 2002 colors were spotted at a Ford show display in 2001.
2002 Colors:2002 Inspiration Yellowthunderbird blue 2002evening black 2002 - 2005 Thunderbird2002-2005 Torch Red - the REAL Tiffanywhisper white 2002 2003 Thunderbird
2003 Colors:Desert Sky blue 2003 ThunderbirdMtn Shadow Grey 2003 Thunderbirdcoral 007 Halle Berry James Bond model 2003 Thunderbird

 
 
Manufacturer Photos Model
Name
Origin Year 
Intro
Scale Description
AGGLO Corp, ltd Speed Wheel China 2005 1.5" New Mold! cheaply made and crudely cast. porthole on one side, none on the other; no supplemental parking lights. There is a large (for it's scale) hoodscoop. And it's the "flat" look similar to the Phat Boys models. Found in package of 3 models for 99 cents. "Flatz Cars" copyright 2004
Beanstalk Group . 007 Ford Thunderbird 2003 Special Edition #10040 China 2003 1/18 Coral with White removeable top; NM wheels; full accent white interior; no V8 on fenders. Limited to 5000.
Beanstalk Group 2003 Ford Thunderbird #10017 China 2003 1/18 Desert Sky Blue with matching removable hardtop; partial white interior; chrome NM wheels; no V8 emblem on fenders though - you'll have to add it on.
Beanstalk Group 2003 Ford Thunderbird #10019 China 2003 1/18  Mt. Shadow Grey w/partial saddle interior with full saddle seats; chrome NM wheels; grey removeable hardtop; no V8 on fenders
Beanstalk Group 2004 Ford Thunderbird
#10016
China 2004 1/18
Vintage Mint Green - partial white interior, chrome NM wheels; VMG hardtop
Beanstalk Group . 2004 Ford Thunderbird China 2004 1/18 Merlot - sand interior
Bumi by Hongwell . See Hongwell / Cararama for Bumi China . 1/72 .
Cararama . See Hongwell . . 1/72 .
CARBOX
by High Speed
. . . . 1/43 Light Yellow, clear plastic windshield trim, topless
Creative Master International for Beanstalk Group James Bond Ford 007 2002** Thunderbird #10013 China 2002 1/18 Diecast; red orange "coral" (salmon) with same color hardtop. 21-spoke Chrome Wheels (NM-style)*  full white accent interior with full white seats
Creative Master International for Beanstalk Group James Bond Ford 007 2002** Thunderbird #20013 China 2002 1/18 Model Kit of the model above
DeAgostini . see HighSpeed for Grani & Partners . . 1/43 red
Ertl Little Muscle "Tiffany"
Little Muscle "Tommy"
China 2001 3"
7.5cm
Tiffany is Red, hardtop; 21 "spoke" wheels;*  chunky style - marketed for kids.  play website at "Little Muscle" - sad to say - website has been taken off.


Tommy never made it to market but Ertl did make the 5 2002 colors in a very limited quantity for Ford - only the red made it to store shelves.
Ertl Hometown Roadway "2003" Thunderbird China 2002 1/43 WOOD; Desert Sky blue, similar style as the Ertl Little Muscle model; magnet on front & back end to use with Hometown Roadway playset & the Thomas the Tank play series for young children.
Frits Creations using Beanstalk Model 2005 Ford Thunderbird China/the Netherlands 2009 1/18 Inca Gold ; Code 3 -   partial white interior; IG hardtop; NM wheels; 50th Anniversary spear - limited edition of 10; first of series of colors unavailable from manufacturers. customized from 2004 VMG models;
. 2005 Ford Thunderbird  China / the
Netherlands
2009 1:18 Cashmere;  NM wheels; 50th Anniversary spear - limited edition of 12.- Code 3 customized from 2004 VMG models;
. 2005 Ford Thunderbird China / the Netherlands 2010 1/18 Medium Steel Blue; Code 3 - customized; 1 of 15
. 2004 Ford Thunderbird China / The Netherlands 2010 1/18 Pacific Coast Roadster; Code 3 customized. 1 of 15; signed by Frits
2005 Ford Thunderbird China / The Netherlands 2010 1/18 Platinum silver;  Custom with steel blue seat inserts and top of steering wheel and shift knob. 2005 Thunderbird Platinum Silver base plate.  signed by Frits. 1 of 15 2004-2005 Platinum Silver models. Code 3,  NM wheels; 50th Anniversary spear 
Hallmark Cards Inc. 2005 50th Anniversary Special Edition Thunderbird #QX16172/1670 China 2005 1/43 Cashmere, topless, cashmere & black interior; 16 spoke wheels; in set of 2 ornaments: Thunderbird 50th Anniversary with 1955 red T-bird in black box with clasp.
Grani & Partners  . See High Speed . . 1/43 .
Heavy Metal . See High Speed . . 1/87 coral
High Speed for Power Motors 2003/2004 Thunderbird China 2004 1/87 NEW MOLD!  colors of Aqua, Red, or Silver; topless; come in display box.
High Speed for Schuco 2004/2005 Thunderbird China 2004 1/87 Silver, topless; marked on chassis with Schuco and China
High Speed for Schuco Ford Thunderbird China 2009 1/87 Black with full brown/saddle interior reminiscent of the 2003 partial saddle interior; painted delux 02/03wheels
in display box; marked on chassis with Schuco and China
High Speed for 
Malibu International
2003 Ford Thunderbird China 2005 1/87 BLACK or bright turquoise; topless; black interior; silver painted 21 spoke deluxe wheels.  Marked "made in China" and "Malibu, Int" on the black chassis.  comes in display box.
High Speed for Malibu International 2003 -2004 Ford Thunderbird China 2006 1/87 Red, topless, black interior; comes in 5 pak with other cars
High Speed for Malibu International 2006 Ford thunderbird China 2006 1/87 Dark Blue, topless, black interior; comes in 5 pak with other cars (this was supposed to be one of the colors for 2006 on the real car)
High Speed for Malibu International 2003-2005 Ford Thunderbird China 2006 1/87 Dark Green; topless, black interior, in single pack on stand
High Speed for Malibu International 2003 Ford Thunderbird China 2006 1/87 Yellow; topless; black interior, in 5 pak with other cars
High Speed for Einsiedler Brauhaus 2003 Ford Thunderbird China 2008 1/87 Bright Blue, topless, black interior, chrome NM wheels, tail lights not painted, clear windshield, no trim around windshield, clear visors; on card with yellow Alpha Romeo.  Produced as a beer promo for Einsiedler Brauhaus of Germany.
High Speed for Malibu International
Ford Thunderbird  China 2006 1/87 Silver, red or black, topless, black interior; comes with "caravan" - a house trailer - painted cream and matching color
High Speed 2003 Ford Thunderbird
64KFB10S
China 2005 1/64 Coral Red metallic, new mold. windshield trim painted silver; headlamps have graphic tampo to resemble the real car; plastic tires, silver delux wheels, blacked out between spokes; wheels larger than the wheels on the Malibu model below.. 
HS 43006 
High Speed for Malibu International 2003 Ford Thunderbird
#00210
China 2008 1/64 Coral Red metallic; painted headlights, no tbird logo on trunk, license plate painted red; small 7 spoke delux wheels not blacked out inbetween main spokes; black windshield frame;  was very limited at Walmart
High Speed for Grani & Partners  2003 Ford Thunderbird  Special Edition for DeAgostini China 2005 1/43 Red, New Mold!, even has a semblance of the V8 emblem on the front fenders - better on passenger side than driver's side.  black interior with silvered center stack & glove box.  License plate: NDA-001A; 21 spoke delux wheels
High Speed  New listing 05/07
Ford Thunderbird
China 2006 1/43 Metallic Coral, topless, black interior; clear plastic "supplemental parking lights";silver painted rear license plate surround; delux silver painted 02/03 wheels; comes with clear display case. rear plate: "NDA-001A"
High Speed for Schuco "Junior Line"
Ford Thunderbird
NR27218
China 2006 1/43 Metallic Coral, topless, black interior; clear plastic "supplemental parking lights";silver painted rear license plate surround; delux silver painted 02/03 wheels; comes in see thru box (no display case). license plate: NDA-001A      Base
Hongwell / Cararama for Bumi Ford Thunderbird China 2008 1/72 "Thunderbird Blue" - metallic aqua - detailed,  painted windshield frame.  Windshield outlined in black, all black interior; hardtop. 7 spoke silver painted premium wheels. 3 box styles:
Bumi boxes: with clear plastic display case, without display case, plain, without dislay case, graphics back and bottom.
Hongwell /  Cararama 2005 Ford Thunderbird China 2006 1/72 Black with silver hardtop; Black interior; 7 spoke silver painted wheels
Hongwell / Cararama 2002 Ford Thunderbird China 2006 1/72 Black, topless, black interior, 7 spoke premium wheels painted silver
Hongwell /  Cararama 2002 Ford Thunderbird China 2006 1/72 Bright yellow with an green tint, topless, black interior, 7 spoke premium wheels painted silver
Hongwell . 2004 Ford Thunderbird China 2007 1/72 Monterey Mist Green with Ash hardtop - may be a promo - has not been found on market - photo found on http://www.matchbox.box.nl/index.php
Hongwell /  Cararama 2002 Ford Thunderbird China 2006
2007
2008
1/43 Bright yellow with a green tint, Hardtop; black interior, 7 spoke premium wheels painted silver - Finally - these appeared on the market in early January 2008; yellow license plate with Thunderbird script.
Hongwell /  Cararama 2002 Ford Thunderbird China 2006
2007
2008
1/43 Bright yellow with a green tint; Topless; black interior, 7 spoke premium wheels painted silver
Hongwell for MTH 2002 Ford Thunderbird  China 2008 1/43  Bright Yellow, (not like the yellow on the Cararama tbird);  part of Rail Car set from Rail King by MTH #30-76268.  Set of 4 T-birds on Auto Transport Rail Car; trademark "h" in script is next to the word 1/43 FORD THUNDERBIRD on the chassis.
The hardtop is indeed, a different shade of yellow than the body, like it was yellow painted over black. It appears to have the correct "standard" black interior with the trim on doors and dash painted silver but premium style wheels are painted silver instead of chrome. License plate says "Thunderbird". Chrome around windows is painted silver.
Jimmy Flintstone 2003 Chopper T'bird NB148 USA 2004 1/24 Custom resin cast body for use with Revell's Wheel's of Fire kit. 
Jimmy Flintstone Sedan Delivery T'Bird NB127 USA 2003
2004
1/24 Custom resin cast body for use with Revell's Wheel's of Fire kit. 
K-Line  . Ford Dealership China 2007 1/43 RailRoad building with 2 revolving turntables and 3 diecast cars including either a Desert Sky blue or a Mountain Shadow Grey, with or without hardtop.  See Yat Ming, next page, for pictures of diecast models.
"Two turntables inside rotate to show off the diecast vehicles. Listen to realistic announcements over the dealerships PA system, customers and sales people haggle over prices in the background. 2 rotating platforms,3 diecast vehicles (one is a new bird); Interior stream lighting; Removeable roof; Rotating & lighted exterior sign; Realistic showroom sounds; exterior door lighted opening garage door; Dimensions 5 3/4" x 14" w/entryway 3 1/4" x 5 3/4"
. . . . .

 

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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. If you would like to receive an email newsletter that covers any new finds of the Concept Thunderbird (and the classic T-bird), join the Diecast T-bird newsletter email group.
If you've found a new model not listed, please reach me at this link.

* about wheels on diecast models:  Most common wheel found on these models - the Concept 24 spoke style wheel.  In 2003, other wheel styles started appearing..

** - These James Bond 007 models with the coral top are designated as "2002" since that's the actual model year that Ford used in the movie. The 007 Special Editions with the white tops represent the 2003 Special Edition available from Ford.

Places to find some of these models: Ebay.com, Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, KB Toys, drug stores, Albertsons Grocery store, Big Lots,  Hobby stores.

Here's some '04 and '05  Tiffanys. 

2004 Colors:2004 merlot2004 pacific coast roadster monterey mist2004 - 2005 platinum silver2004 vintage mint green2004 light ice blue
2005 Colors:2005 medium steel blue2005 BronzeInca Gold
Too bad that Ertl didn't make them.  They're really cute little cars.

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