Jet Threat (1973)




The Jet Threat was designed by Larry Wood and was first issued in the 1971 product line.
The casting is characterized by the sweeping body lines and the large combustion turbine.


The Spectraflame era release has a hinged cover on the top of the engine which opens to reveal
the orange plastic turbine rotor. As part of the rework for the release of the 1973 Shell Promo series, the engine
was re-tooled to eliminate the hinged action of the engine cover.

The '73 Jet Threat was made only in Hong Kong. No casting variations are known.
The plastic canopy cover usually has a bluish green tint but clear ones are known.




The '73 Jet Threat was produced in seven colors (Foam Green not shown)


Color chart

COLORS:
COMMENTS:
dark blue common
light blue
common
red
common
yellow uncommon
pink
uncommon
shell metal flake green uncommon
foam green hardest to find


The normal packaging for the Shell promotion was a single car in a clear plastic baggie
with a blue header card. Surplus stock was later found in stores in a two pack baggie and at
least one Jet Threat has been found in a '73 Blister Pack


Shell Promo Baggies

Three examples of the Shell Baggie promotional pieces, including the very rare sea foam green.



Baggie Two Pack

Excess stock from the promo was repackaged and sold in some stores.



A squadron of Enamel Jet Threats

A rainbow of enamels including two non production colors; peach and orange.

Other versions of same Casting:

1971 Jet Threat






Photo & info credits: Ted Gray




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