FAB 95 is on its way!

We’re delighted to report that FAB 95 is now winging its way to all Fanderson members around the world!

Included in this issue:

  • a look at the only Fireball XL5 mini album – Journey To The Moon
  • an interview with Century 21 Merchandising supremo Keith Shackleton
  • members share their views of Stingray Loch Ness Monster in our regular Timelash feature, complete with exclusive Graham Bleathman cutaway of Castle McGregor
  • lifting the lid on the Visions Of The Past strip story, published in Fleetway’s The New Thunderbirds comic
  • the second part of Jeff Smart’s look at producing commentaries for A&E’s DVD releases, looking at Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray and Joe 90
  • continuing our look at UFO‘s adventures in comic strip form
  • the first part of our exclusive Thunderbird Are Go photo-strip
  • news, FAB noticeboard, FAB Review, FAB Mail and more

Hundreds of members (those who have renewed their membership since FAB 94) will also receive our brand-new Century 21 Complete Puppet Catalogue with FAB 95 – our membership gift for 2020. Don’t worry if your membership expires later this year – we’ll also mail this to renewing members with FAB 96 and 97 over the coming months.

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

Podcast 1 is here!

New for 2020 is the Fanderson Podcast!

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster (and long-time Fanderson member) Ros Connors, our podcasts will share information, views and stories with fans – just like you.

Podcast 1 – Ian Fryer discusses Doppelgänger, archive interview clips with Space:1999‘s Barry Morse, and a club update from Nick Williams.

Let us know what you liked, what you’d like to hear in future editions, and anything else at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com

The Animates added to Productions list

The Animates, Sylvia Anderson‘s first solo production after leaving Space:1999, has been added to the Productions page of the website.

This series for pre-schoolers was designed to help children learn some simple life lessons, and merchandise included a series of books and episodes on VHS cassette in the 1980s. The series appears to have been largely forgotten following its initial broadcast across much of the ITV network in the late 1970s. The club has three episodes in its archive and screened one of these at our Supercelebration convention in 2017.

We’re keen to know more about the series – especially a full episode list and broadcast dates. Contact us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com if you can help.

 

  

 

Postage update

Although much of the world is in lockdown, we’re doing our best to get membership packages and merchandise orders to Fanderson members.

Though mail delivery companies are doing their very best to maintain services, the actual service can vary from country to country – even from town to town (see here and here). For this reason it’s impossible for us to predict when a package will be delivered (we’ve had packages mailed on the same day but arrive in different parts of the same town days apart). Everyone’s affected by restrictions, illness and social distancing, so please be patient if your Fanderson order is taking a little bit longer to arrive than you’re used to.

How can you help?

Obviously, we need to know when an order doesn’t arrive so that we can look into what’s happened. But help us to help you by checking a few things yourself, before contacting us:

  • check when you placed your order – you can do this by logging in to your Fanderson account, from the shop page at www.fanderson.org.uk (you should also automatically receive a confirmation email when you place an order)
  • check what you actually ordered – separate orders will be mailed separately, so please don’t write to us when things you ordered separately don’t arrive all in the same package. The other items may arrive within the next few days.

Based on what we’re seeing in feedback from members, as a guide at the moment:

  • please allow up to 28 days if you’re in the UK
  • if you’re outside the UK, please allow an extra two weeks before contacting us (that’s six weeks in total).

Thanks for your help and support.

Ensure we send FAB 95 to your right address

We’re getting FAB 95 ready to go to print and then in the post to all Fanderson members around the world in the next few weeks.

We know that some members have FAB and club merchandise sent to their work address which, if you’re in lockdown in the current situation, could mean that you’re not getting your deliveries. So that we send FAB 95 to the best place for you, please ensure we have the right address.

We’re planning an update to our website soon which will enable us to simplify things and take the address from your online account. Until that’s ready, we’re currently managing the mailing database separately (as explained since the new website was launched last year).

 

So, if you need to change your address we mail to, please ensure you:

1 email us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com with your name, membership number and the postal address you want us to use,

and

2 update your online club account at www.fanderson.org.uk:

  • log-in from the SHOP page

  • once you’ve logged in, click on My Account

  • click on Addresses to update your address (don’t forget to click Save once you’ve finished!).

Thanks!

 

The UFOs are landing!

Fanderson members are reporting sightings of UFOs. That is, the club’s new 4-CD UFO soundtrack album, which is now being delivered to members!

We started taking pre-orders for the set from 1st March and, in under a month, 25% of our stock has already been bought. Like all club merchandise, the UFO soundtrack is a limited edition so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

We regularly get emails from members saying “I wish I’d bought your Space:1999 Year One or Thunderbirds soundtrack or “I wish I’d met Gerry or Sylvia Anderson at one of your conventions”, but now it’s too late. Don’t be one of those ‘I wish…’ people and chance missing out on the UFO soundtrack – buy yours today!

Please note that in the current situation we’re dispatching orders as postal services are still operating, though it may take longer than usual for your package to arrive.