Fireball XL5 soundtrack CD, vinyl and 7″ single from Silva Screen

Taken from their upcoming Fireball XL5 album, Silva Screen have released a teaser 7″ single in transparent orange vinyl!

The disc features two tracks from the upcoming album: Fireball (Don Spencer and the XL5) on side 1 is accompanied by Zero G (Barry Gray and his Spacemakers) on side 2. Don Spencer’s original 7” single release on His Masters Voice in 1962 reached number 32, remaining in the UK charts for twelve weeks (the original B side was another Don Spencer track, I’m All Alone Again, replaced on this release with Zero G).

The full soundtrack album follows in January, and you can pre-order it on CD or transparent orange vinyl right now! Produced in association with Fanderson, the album has 61 minutes of diverse tracks that give a flavour of Fireball XL5 and show Barry Gray’s musical ingenuity.

You can find a link to the Fireball single, along with lots from other Anderson productions, in our new non-club merchandise section.

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.

  • This competition closed 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 in FAB 97.

Replica Captain Blue coming soon

Big Chief Studios was founded by Mark Andrews and Tony Leetham in 2011 to manufacture high-end figures and collectables, and have worked with Fanderson club members to ensure their Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet characters are as accurate as possible.

Figures currently available for pre-order include:

And coming soon, to accompany their previous Captain Scarlet figure will be Adam Svenson himself – Captain Blue!

Big Chief’s full range includes characters from Star Wars, Doctor Who, Lord Of The Rings and more. Check out the whole range here.

Silva Screen soundtracks

Whilst Fanderson strives to provide club members with the most complete soundtracks to Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s series, we’re also working with Silva Screen Records to make cut-down versions of the soundtracks available to non-members.

You can find the best deals (that we’re aware of) on our Non-club merchandise page.

 

New UFO and Space:1999 models on pre-order

Sixteen 12, which has long specialised in high quality reproductions of models from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Thunderbirds, UFO and Space:1999 is now taking pre-orders for new models, including:

UFO Alien saucer

Space:1999 War Games

Space:1999 action figure collection

Space:1999 electronic stun gun and commlock

You can see all the pre-order items here. Check out their retro range too, to bring back memories of those odd-coloured Dinky toys of the 70s!

Happy 39th Birthday, Fanderson!

39 years ago today, representatives from clubs Anderpup and the Century 21 Appreciation Society, the Fanderson 81 convention and ATV Licensing met with legendary TV and film producer Gerry Anderson at Pinewood Studios.

Together, they pooled their ideas and talents to form the world’s only official appreciation society for the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

On behalf of all Fanderson members, a big THANK YOU to Gerry Anderson, Pam Barnes, Mark Jones, Barbara Kitson, Chris Leach, David Nightingale, Phil Rae, Keith Shackleton, Brendan Sheehan and John Williams for giving our club such a great start.

39 years on and the club’s going stronger than ever, so thanks to all Fanderson members – especially the committee members over the years and those who have made a significant contribution (recognised as a Friend Of Fanderson or Life Member).

Join us in celebrating today with something bubbly, and you can read more about Fanderson’s beginnings here.

 

Celebrate 50 years of UFO!

What better way to celebrate 50 years of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s groundbreaking series UFO than with a great read – the long-awaited UFO Annual 1972!

Like most Anderson series there was a UFO Annual produced to accompany the broadcasts, but just the one volume for 1971. Exclusive to Fanderson is this follow-up book, full of features about the series and SHADO, two brand new stories starring your favourite UFO characters and three new exclusive cutaways.

Whilst reading the Annual, why not relax with Barry Gray’s cool soundtrack, courtesy of our 4-CD boxset. And we’ve got lots of other UFO items in the Shop too!

We’re expecting stock of the UFO Annual 1972 in time for the series’ 50th anniversary on 16th September 2020, and you can sure to be among the first to get your copy by pre-ordering from 1st September.

Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space:1999 on Britbox from 20th August

After dipping their toe in the water with a selection of episodes this spring, Britbox (the digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV) will launch a raft of cult favourites on 20th August 2020 (coincidentally, Fanderson’s 39th anniversary).

The Out Of This World Collection will be available exclusively on BritBox (in the UK), and includes:

Thunderbirds (1965)

The initial ten episode collection is being expanded and will now feature all 32 episodes of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s cult Supermarionation series.

Also included are the three mini-episodes, based on 1960s mini albums and crowd-funded by fans for Thunderbirds’ 50th anniversary in 2015.

Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons (1967)

All 32 episodes of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s cult Supermarionation series chronicling Captain Scarlet’s battle to save Earth from a Mysteron invasion.

UFO (1970)

All 26 episodes of the British sci-fi series set in 1980 as Earth is being invaded by aliens fleeing their dying planet and seeking human organs to extend their lifespan. Specialist task force SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation), headed by Commander Ed Straker (Ed Bishop), must defend Earth against these mysterious hostile creatures while containing knowledge of them to avoid widespread panic.

Space:1999 (1975)

Every episode of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s popular science fiction series. Commander Koenig (Martin Landau) and the crew of Moonbase Alpha face various alien threats as they drift, powerless, throughout space.

The Prisoner (1967)

All 17 episodes of the television drama created by and starring Patrick McGoohan. A former British secret agent is abducted and held captive in a strange coastal village while those who captured him try to discover the truth of why he suddenly resigned from his position.

Sapphire And Steel (1979)

The complete collection featuring all six seasons and 34 episodes from the 1980s sci-fi series starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as Sapphire and Steel, the mysterious agents charged with protecting the universe from the malevolent forces of time with their uncanny powers. Created by P.J. Hammond.

Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)

The complete episodes of Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) starring Mike Pratt as Jeff Randall, Kenneth Cope as his ghostly partner Marty Hopkirk and Annette Andre as Marty’s widow Jean.

Eat chocolate and colour in!

With so many of us in social isolation and/or lockdown, it’s important to keep occupied with a variety of activities.

We’ve dug through the Fanderson Archive to the early 90s, when we offered a series of colouring books with illustrations by club member Jonathan Baxter. They were designed for our young Fanderson Junior members, so none of us should find them too taxing!

Have fun colouring in, and don’t feel you have to stick to the known colours for each series. Play around, imagine you’ve only ever seen them in black and white(!) and let your imagination run riot!

Just click on the link for the page you want – just in time for Easter weekend, today’s additions complete the set.

Once you’re done, share your artistry on our Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.

 

Supercar: The marvel of the age and the Black Rock team

Fireball XL5: Fireball XL5 at Space CityVenus and Zoonie

Stingray: Stingray launch, Troy TempestThe Big GunAtlanta Shore, The InvadersThe Man From The Navy, Commander ShoreStingray in pen, The Ghost ShipPhones, Star Of The East, X20, The Ghost Of The SeaLoch Ness Monster, Troy and PhonesTitanMarinaMarinevilleTroy underwater, Stingray passes LemoyMarineville Control Tower, Stingray and Mechanical Fish

Thunderbirds: Zero X with Thunderbird 2, Pit Of PerilTerror In New York City, The Mole, Thunderbird 2 leaving hangarEnd Of The Road, Jeff Tracy and BrainsThe Mighty AtomLady Penelope and Parker, Gordon and Thunderbird 4Scott and Thunderbird 1Terror In New York City, ParkerJohn and Thunderbird 5, Skyship One, Thunderbird 3 dockingAlan and Thunderbird 3Trapped In The Sky, Thunderbird 3, Path Of Destruction,  Virgil and Thunderbird 2, Desperate Intruder

Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons: Cloudbase briefingSPV and Angel Interceptor

Joe 90: Joe and the BIG RATTest Flight

The Secret Service: Father Unwin and Gabriel

Doppelgänger: Glenn Ross and the Doppelgängers

UFO: StrakerSHADO Interceptors

Space:1999: Moonbase AlphaEagle Transporters