A comment by reader Todd yesterday sent me off looking deeper at Tomland monsters.
This lead me to a Tomland figure line called Star Command or Starroids by Caprice/ Calfax.
This is one of the hardest toy lines I've had the pleasure of researching but I was so chuffed to find that there's a Thunderbirds connection!
Check out the 1979 backing card of Calfax's Star Command Interplanetary Starroid figure called BICO [ Morlock as was]. Yes, Thunderbird 3 and 4!
The uber-cool Plaidstallions noticed this connection as well in their Star Raiders section, but further mention of the significance of the Thunderbirds craft wasn't made.
Well, buried deep in my memory I recalled a Thunderbird 4 kit I couldn't quite place. Scouring my archive, success! Eh voila! The Star Command Galaxy Airsub aka Thunderbird 4, the very same featured on Bico's backing card!
So is there a Star Command Thunderbird 3 kit as well? A Galaxy Rocket maybe? If there is I certainly can't find one online.
The other Star Command toys, which are all radios, from 1977, are well documented online and often appear on auction sites as this sample shows:
1-M-1 Starroid Robot
Aqua Star Air-Sub
There are many more Star Command radios and figures, even a toothbrush, and you can check out some Calfax ads at Golobthehumanoid and here are Calfax's various trademarks.
Oddly there is no mention of the Thunderbird 4 kit or the possible existence of a Thunderbird 3 in this line.
Has anyone got the Star Command Thunderbirds kit/ kits?