SELF-PROPELLED GUN ARTILLERYMAN
Series: Three (1984)
Thunder was released as part of the third series (1984), packaged exclusively with the Self Propelled Cannon (Slugger) tank. He was also sold in 1985, then was discontinued domestically in 1986.
In 1987, Thunder was available mail-order from Hasbro Direct as part of a six figure vehicle drivers set that included Copperhead, HISS Driver, Stinger Driver, Crankcase, and Frostbite. He was later available as part of the "Special Missions Drivers" set with Ace, Admiral Keel-Haul, Lampreys, Strato-Viper, and Motor Viper.
Thunder came with a light green helmet, a green radio headset that attached to the helmet, a black visor that attached to the headset, and a black monocular.
Birthplace: Louisville, KY
Primary Specialty: Artillery
Secondary Specialty: Bandsman (Drummer)
Thunder grew up next door to a foundry. A probably explanation for his fondness for loud noises. When asked his reasons for going artillery, his reply was simply: "I want to hear them go bang." He has a passion for heavy metal rock and roll, peanut brittle and cars with bad mufflers.
"If you know where you are and you know where the enemy is, then artillery can be an exact science. But in the real world, artillery is half trigonometry and half blind luck. In other words, if you hit something, take the credit. If you miss, write it off as margin of error."
Thunder's helmet and headset were molded in bright green or dull green plastic. The dull green plastic tends to leak a red fluid after several years. This fluid can be wiped off easily, however.
Thunder's body mold is entirely original and not made up from previous molds.
The head was re-used in 1988 to create the figure Skystriker. The entire mold was re-used in 1998 to create Thunderwing.
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
Versions of Thunder
In 2009, Thunder was renamed "Sgt. Thunderblast." So while there are multiple names, they are all based on the character "Thunder."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Thunder (v1).
Original Retail: $6.49
Hasbro Product: 6056
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-84053
Desimone Guide: #56
Tomart's Guide: #GI5303b
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 38 (1st Ed.), Pg. 57 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a