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Thunder Roller
Debut Series Workhorses
Produced 1983 - Present
Designer Larry Wood
Number 3924
Thunder Roller YelSmthL.JPG



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)


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 stripe, "2" eagle on sides Chrome
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Plastic
Gray tint Tan BW 3924 Hong Kong smooth roof Thunder Roller YelSmthL.JPG
3924 1983 Workhorses Yellow Red, Black, & Brown stripe, "2" eagle on sides Chrome
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Plastic
Gray tint Tan BW 3924 Malaysia smooth roof Thunder Roller YelSmthL.JPG
3924 1983 Workhorses Yellow Red, Black, & Brown stripe, "2" eagle on sides Chrome
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Plastic
Gray tint Red BW 3924 Malaysia corrugated roof Thunder Roller YelRibL.JPG
483 1996 Mainline Metalflake Burgundy Red Hot Wheels logo on front bumper Chrome
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Plastic
Gray tint White Rear BW Front 5SP 16054 China Thunder Roller RedL.JPG
1997 Little Debbie White Red & Blue "McKee" Chrome
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Plastic
Grey tint White Rear BW Front 5SP China Thunder Roller LtlDebL.JPG
2004 RLC sELECTIONs
4/4
Spectraflame Red Patriotic Theme Graphics Chrome
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Metal
Neo Classic RL Thunder Roller - sELECTIONS.jpg
2010 HWC Series 9: Real Riders
5/6
Spectraflame Blue Orange White and Blue Hot Wheels "Zinc Transport" Chrome
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Metal
Tinted Black Orange Line CDDRR R8400 Thailand ThunderRoller HWC9.JPG
2010 Collector Edition
3/4
Blue Light Blue, Black, "3" Chrome
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Metal
Clear White White Wall RR Thailand Mail-In Promotion Thuder Roller KmrtOpL.JPG
2012 12th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals Black Orange, Res & White stripes, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Miracles Keep Rolling Unpainted
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Metal
Clear DDRR Charity model P3020701.JPG
2013 Collector Edition
3/4
Spectraflame Magenta Matte Black Top, White Stripe on Top, Silver Flames, Hot Wheels Logo and '2' Unpainted
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Metal
Tinted (Black) Black Redline DDRR 2013 Collector Edition thunder roller.jpg
2014 Hot Wheels Entertainment: BJ and the Bear Red White, Black, & Gold stripes, White 'Billie Joe McKay' on sides, Silver details Unpainted
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Metal
Tinted (Black) Black DDRR BDT91 Malaysia Base code(s): G49 Thunder Roller-2015 Retro Entertainment.jpg
2021 RLC Exclusive Spectraflame purple Detailed headlamps, taillamps, horns and warning lights, "HWC Trucking" on sides, white, black and gold accents Chrome
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Metal
Smoke tint White TRR GXJ26 China 20,000 produced 2021 RLC Thunder Roller mc.jpg

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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