Enter Fanderson’s FAB 40th Quiz

As members will see with FAB 96, we’re running a competition to be in with a chance of winning a special prize.

Click here to submit your answers.

  • This competition closes on 31st January 2021.
  • The competition is open to members of Fanderson only.
  • Entries for which the membership name, number and postcode do not match our membership database will be discarded.
  • In the case of any member submitting multiple entries, the last entry only will be included in the draw and the others discarded.
  • Entries with the highest number of correct answers after the closing date will go into a draw to win a ticket to Fanderson’s 40th Anniversary event in 2021.
  • Marks may be given if a member suggests a ‘correct’ answer to a question, albeit not the one the judges are looking for.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • The winner’s name and answers will be published shortly after the closing date.

FAB 96 has been posted

We’re delighted to report that FAB 96 was mailed to all members around the world on 25th November. It started to land in UK members’ homes on the 30th, and we hope will be with all members in time for Christmas. Please check our post update before contacting us.

Included in this issue:

  • Andrew Pixley’s in-depth look at The Secret Service, and why the series was doomed even without Lew Grade’s critical reaction
  • members give their views on Thunderbirds 30 Minutes After Noon in our regular Timelash column, with exclusive Glen Carrick Castle cutaway by Graham Bleathman
  • Ian Wheeler’s critical assessment of whether Gerry Anderson should be considered a puppet master or master dramatist
  • the third part of Jeff Smart’s recollections of recording the A&E DVD commentaries, including The Secret Service, The Protectors and Terrahawks, and how these then led on to featurettes for Shout! Factory’s releases in 2015
  • the third part of our look at UFO in Countdown and TV Action comics, by Ian Fryer
  • the second part of our exclusive Thunderbirds Are Go photo-strip by Jonathan Baxter
  • FAB news, FAB noticeboard, FAB Review, FAB Mail and more

Also, being mailed so close to what will, for many of us, be a quite unusual Christmas, we’ve included a couple of little seasonal goodies that we hope will make you smile.

Hundreds more members (those who have renewed their membership since FAB 95) will also receive the fantastic Century 21 Complete Puppet Catalogue – our current membership gift. Don’t worry if your membership expires with FAB 96 – as long as we receive your renewal by 1st February 2021 we’ll mail your copy with FAB 97 in the spring.

OOPS! The eagle-eyed among you will notice a small mistake in the ‘rest of the world’ price for The Secret Service soundtrack CD. Rest assured, our shop has the correct price.

How to get FAB magazine? Join Fanderson!

FAB magazine is available exclusively to Fanderson club members – we publish three times a year, and we do our very best to make each issue a joy to read for every fan – regardless of your favourite series!

Once again, we’re mailing FAB magazine in a 100% compostable bag, made from potato and maize starch. 

Don’t throw it in your bin, but check with your local recycling and either:

  • put it in your home composter
  • put it in with your garden waste, or
  • use it to line your food waste caddy

Support Lego Ideas Thunderbird 1 too!

Hot on the heels of his Lego Ideas Thunderbird 2 project, Andrew Clark also has Thunderbird 1 awaiting your support.

You can see more and pledge your support by clicking here.

Lego Ideas was set up so that budding Lego set designers could see their design made into sets that we could all buy. Fans can click to support the designs they like and, if a project gets over 10,000 supporters, it goes on to be assessed by the Lego team as a potential set.

Since Lego Ideas was set up in 2010 (as Lego Cuusoo), 35 sets have been produced on a wide range of topics. Andrew Clark has been luckier than most budding designers, as his Doctor Who and The Flintstones sets were both chosen to become reality.

You can see more Anderson designs on the Lego Ideas site.

Support Lego Ideas Thunderbird 2!

In 2019, thousands of club members and fans supported Andrew Clark’s Lego Ideas project. Sadly, though it reached the 10,000 supporters to be included in the official review by Lego, it wasn’t selected to become a set that we could all buy.

Now, Andrew has re-worked his project to ditch the interchangeable Thunderbirds/Thunderbirds Are Go elements to be solely the classic Thunderbird 2 from the Thunderbirds TV series. Read more and pledge your support now by clicking here.

Lego Ideas was set up so that budding Lego set designers could see their design made into sets that we could all buy. Fans can click to support the designs they like and, if a project gets over 10,000 supporters, it goes on to be assessed by the Lego team as a potential set.

Since Lego Ideas was set up in 2010 (as Lego Cuusoo), 35 sets have been produced on a wide range of topics. Andrew Clark has been luckier than most budding designers, as his Doctor Who and The Flintstones sets were both chosen to become reality.

You can see more Anderson designs on the Lego Ideas site.

UFO on Forces TV

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s UFO is now showing again on Forces TV in the UK on weekdays at 21:00, repeated on weekends at 23:00.

You can get Forces TV on:

  • Freeview/Youview 96
  • Freesat 165
  • Sky 181
  • Virgin 274
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The Bray Studios Productions auction – 30th November

A huge cache of over 200 models, puppets, photos, toys, document, films, pre-production drawings and much more is to go up for auction on 30th November 2020.

The collection was the property of Anderson Burr employee Julian Bell, who died recently, and includes items from Terrahawks, Dick Spanner and Space Police, plus work for abandoned projects including Strike Force and T-Force.

Whilst a collection of this size and variety comes up very rarely, for many the jewel in the collection with be the original studio Captain Ochre head, from Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons.

You can view the full catalogue in advance of the auction on 30th November, where you can also register for live online bidding.