THE SPECIAL is proud to present the end result of a diligent decades-long search – the super-rare diecast Blue Thunder helicopter from UK company Toyway.
Approx 6″ long and released as part of the ‘Sky Birds’ collector series, this unlicensed replica (mounted anonymously on a backing card with Apache artwork) is one of two versions made (the other an unlikely US Coastguard red).
Apart from the unwelcome fourth rotor blade and stubby cannon (presumably to meet safety standards) this tooling is reasonably accurate for the scale, with plenty of detail captured in the plastic parts (canopy/tail) and even featuring the correct decals.
This mint example found mounted on card with only partially opened blister (top pic) was snapped up by THE SPECIAL only moments after it became available and is now a vital part of the ongoing collection…
Enjoy these random snippets from various vintage Radio Control helicopter magazines rescued from the Google ether.
The article by Diane Cameron-Tough is particularly interesting as it claims Hollywood remote flying supremo John Simone Jr. (third pic) performed the famous climatic loop over forty times before making a suitable take. Between this and often flying blind through miniature street sets its a minor miracle any of his four handmade models survived the shoot to this day.
Not so lucky, however, were the original molds of the scale chopper which were destroyed before the mass market replica’s (5th & 6th pics) could be produced, forever depriving enthusiasts of what would now be considered a genuine replica prop…