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Thunder Roller
Debut Series Workhorses
Produced 1983 - Present Day
Designer Larry Wood
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Design

The Thunder Roller is based on the real Kenworth K100 Aerodyne. The Aerodyne cab design (the taller "sleeper" section behind the front seats) was introduced on the K100 in 1976, and made famous by the TV series BJ and the Bear (1978–1981). The real K100 could be ordered in extended lengths at the buyer's request, and the Thunder Roller model has an extended length cab relative to a default K100 Aerodyne.

The Thunder Roller is part of the main ~1/64 Hot Wheels line, but based on the height of the cab, is actually sculpted in 1:87 scale (aka HO scale).[1]

Variations

There are many subtle differences with the original release of this truck, and many combinations of variations.

  • Smooth roof
  • Corrugated roof
  • Protruding bumper lights (the oval shaped ones)
  • Hong Kong base country
    • Taller trailer hitch (Hong Kong)
  • Malaysia base country
    • Darker yellow paint (Malaysian)
    • Darker window tinting (Malaysian)


(Malaysian)

Versions

The Thunder Roller has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
3924 1983 Workhorses Yellow Red, Black, Brown "2" w/ eagle on sides Chrome / Plastic Gray tint Tan BW Hong Kong smooth roof Thunder Roller YelSmthL
3924 1983 Workhorses Yellow Red, Black, Brown "2" w/ eagle on sides Chrome / Plastic Gray tint Tan BW Malaysia smooth roof Thunder Roller YelSmthL
3924 1983 Workhorses Yellow Red, Black, Brown "2" w/ eagle on sides Chrome / Plastic Gray tint Tan BW Malaysia corrugated roof Thunder Roller YelRibL
483 1996 1996 Hot Wheels Metalflake Burgundy Red Hot Wheels logo on front bumper Chrome Gray tint White Rear BW Front 5SP 16054 China Thunder Roller RedL
1997 Little Debbie White Red, Blue "McKee" Chrome / Plastic Grey tint White Rear BW Front 5SP China Thunder Roller LtlDebL
4/4 2004 2004 RLC sELECTIONs Series #4 Spectraflame Red Patriotic Theme Graphics Chrome-Plated Metal Neo Classic RL Thunder Roller - sELECTIONS
5/6 2010 HWC Series 9 - Real Riders Spectraflame Blue Orange White and Blue Hot Wheels "Zinc Transport" Chrome / Metal Tinted Black Orange Line CDDRR R8400 Thailand ThunderRoller HWC9
- 2010 2010 Collector Edition 3/4 Blue Light Blue, Black, "3" Chrome / Metal Clear White White Wall RR Thailand Mail-In Promotion Thuder Roller KmrtOpL
- 2015 Hot Wheels Entertainment - BJ and the Bear Red White, Black, & Gold stripes, White 'Billie Joe McKay' on sides, Silver details Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black DDRR BDT91 Malaysia Base code(s): G49 Thunder Roller-2015 Retro Entertainment

Gallery

References

  1. The front of a real Kenworth K100 is 85¼″ from the top of the bumper to the top of the cab. The Thunder Roller is just under 1″ for the same dimension.

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