This article is about the vehicle - for the comic issue, see Thunder Machine (Marvel Comics issue).

The Thunder Machine is a Dreadnok vehicle, appearing in the A Real American Hero continuity.

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The Thunder Machine was the Dreadnoks heavy forward strike vehicle. It weighed 4.2 tons and had a maximum range of 750 miles. The vehicle's maximum road speed was 115 mph and it's maximum cross-country speed was 53 mph.

While most of the Dreadnoks prefer to ride on their motorcycles, Thrasher favors his patchwork monstrosity, the Thunder Machine. Assembled from spare parts found in automobile junkyards and airplane graveyards, the Thunder Machine is a hulking mess of armor and weaponry.


The Thunder Machine features dual synchronized "Penetrator" gatling guns, a reinforced tubular roll cage, and a jet engine with 21k lbs of thrust.


Comics continuity

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Animated continuity

The Thunder Machine and Thrasher first appeared during the Arise, Serpentor, Arise! miniseries. They appeared throughout the second season of Sunbow's animated series, and in G.I. Joe: The Movie.


Toy editions

The Thunder Machine was released in 1986 and included the Thrasher action figure.


The Thunder Machine was retooled and released in 1993 as part of Hasbro's Street Fighter II toyline. It was called the Beast Blaster and came with Blanka and Chun Li.


  • In the Sunbow version of the 'G.I. Joe' animated series, the Thunder Machine was drawn a little too toy-accurate: on the standing plates on sides of the Thunder Machine, you can see the pegs that's used to place action figures on.


  • G.I. Joe: Field Manual Vol 2

External links

The Thunder Machine at YoJoe!
The Street Fighter II Beast Blaster at YoJoe!


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