This is the small 5" Thunderbird 1 die-cast made by Bandai which came out in 1992.
I admit I fall into the love it camp. I know its profile isn't quite right, and some might think, at five inches long it's a little small, but it does come with it's own little launch gantry. Okay, I know it's not something from the series, but it makes for a nice display.
Here it is compared to the Matchbox version.
It comes with additional stickers and a leaflet showing other Bandai die-casts in the collection.
The colourful box front
The detailed box rear.