It’s that time for giving (and getting) again…

Christmas is a time for giving so, once again, from this Friday 1st December until Christmas Eve we’ll have something special every day for club members in our online advent calendar, and by being part of it you’ll be helping people in need.

We’ve checked our storage units, cupboards (even down the back of the sofa!) and, thanks also to our generous partners and friends, we’ve got some great goodies for Fanderson members. We’ll be raising vital funds for our 2024 charity, Actors’ Benevolent Fund.

Alison Wyman, Chief Executive Officer of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund, writes:

“I wanted to write on behalf of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund to thank you very much for choosing the ABF as Fanderson’s charity of the year 2024! 

“The Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) has a long history of supporting actors and stage managers in times of need, for the past 140 years. We are living in incredibly challenging and uncertain times, with a rising cost of living and a decrease in funding for the Arts, resulting in fewer opportunities for actors and stage managers. This has created significant financial pressures as well as challenges with mental health and wellbeing. Our help is needed more than ever, and we are working to create new and relevant ways to provide support which reflects the needs of the acting and stage management community today, so the ABF is making the greatest possible difference.

“So far in 2023 we have seen a significant increase in the number of people we have helped compared to in 2022, and our plan is to reach even more people and expand our range of support. We have already started this through providing Cost of Living grants and launching a podcast focused on wellbeing.

“The need is great and we are determined to support this community which provides so much meaning and inspiration to others. We are grateful for any support members can provide to enable us to achieve this.”

We’ll also pop a little freebie in with every Fanderson merchandise* order placed in December – these four picture cards, produced in 2014/15 to publicise our The Future Is Fantastic! convention. They’re the perfect companion to our The Future Is Fantastic! picture card set.

Come back on Friday, 1st December to open the first window!

*Whilst stocks last. Excludes club memberships, Silva Screen products, event registrations, charity auction bids or charity raffle tickets.

Advent Calendar terms and conditions apply, in addition to Fanderson’s standing Terms and Conditions.

Please note our last order days for Christmas, and see the various additional postage options available with merchandise orders.


Santa’s coming a little early…

Santa’s sack is full to busting with FAB Annuals and FAB Express magazines for all Fanderson members! He’s having to start his rounds early!

Our winter mailing was completed today, so FAB Express 105 and FAB Annual 2024 should soon start landing in current members’ homes (we can now start putting them in packages for new members too). Hopefully most, if not all, club members will receive their packages in time for Christmas.

Of course, when we publish a new magazine the previous issue is added to Fanderson Sales to buy, so members can now get FAB Express 104, and those who want to buy a second (or more) copy of FAB Annual 2023 can get them now. As the mailing has been a little later than we planned, we’ve extended our Annual Affair promotion until the end of December too.


Please ensure you order in good time for Christmas, and see the various additional postage options available with merchandise orders.


Order in good time for Christmas

We know, it’s not even December yet, but for some countries we’ll need to get merchandise orders on their way as soon as possible if they’re to arrive before Christmas!

You can see Royal Mail’s full details of last posting dates here, but to allow us time to package your order up and get it in the post, here’s a summary of ‘last order’ dates that will apply to the majority of Fanderson club members:

  • 6th December – Australia, Japan and New Zealand
  • 11th December – Europe, USA and Canada
  • 18th December – UK (20th December if you add the optional Special Delivery payment to your order)

We’ll do our best to fulfil orders as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee orders will arrive by Christmas. If in any doubt, please place your orders as soon as you can. Remember, they’ll show as ‘complete’ in your online account once they’re in the post. Of course, we’ll save up any packages we haven’t been able to mail in time for Christmas and send them as soon as possible afterwards.

It’s Fanderson Day 2023!

Fanderson members know that it wasn’t just Gerry Anderson, or Sylvia Anderson, who made Thunderbirds, UFO, Stingray, DoppelgängerJoe 90, Space:1999, or any of our other favourite TV shows and films.

We know that there were also hundreds of technicians, puppeteers, writers, composers, designers, musicians, model-makers, voice artists, actors, directors, hair, make-up and wardrobe and many, many more who worked as part of the amazingly talented teams that Gerry and Sylvia recruited and nurtured to bring their creations to life.

They all deserve recognition for their wonderful work which is why, every year on Fanderson Day*, we celebrate all these very special people. Join us by commenting below**, or on social media, telling everyone who (on the Anderson productions) you think is special and why.

And, this being Fanderson’s 42nd anniversary, for today only you can save 42% off a range of 42 exclusive items of club merchandise – created by fans, for fans. From nearly 300 products we’ve picked those that represent not just the wide range of Anderson productions, but also those that perhaps only a fan club would be prepared to make – as a reminder why the club was created and is still so special today. Just apply the coupon code FandersonDay at checkout before you pay.

*With so many people to recognise, celebrate and honour it’s appropriate to do it on the day Fanderson was formed by Gerry Anderson and ITC, with the explicit intention of celebrating and honouring Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s productions.

**Comments can only be left by club members, and all comments are moderated.

IMPORTANT: Apply the coupon code FandersonDay before you pay to get 42% off items in the Fanderson Day category.

Members must apply the coupon code to get the discount. It cannot be applied after you have paid, and we cannot apply it retroactively.


Will you win the FAB Challenge?

Something we’ve been asked for many times over the years is now, thanks to club members Matthew Teevan and Mark Whyte, finally available – the exclusive FAB Challenge card game from Fanderson!

Easy to play, but fiendish to master, FAB Challenge presents 40 of the greatest vehicles from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s productions in a card game. Accompanying the brand-new vehicle artwork on each card is the FAB Spec & Tech, from which you must choose one item to beat your opponents and seize the hand!

LIMITED TIME INTRODUCTORY OFFER: We know that some members will want to play FAB Challenge with their friends and family, whilst keeping a set pristine (possibly unopened!). So, put two in your basket together and apply the coupon code FABChallenge before you pay and you’ll save £4! This offer will expire on 1st October 2023.

IMPORTANT: Members must apply the coupon code to get the discount. It cannot be applied after you have paid, and we cannot apply it retroactively.


New optional postage services


We normally send merchandise packages by Royal Mail 2nd class or AirMail.

You can now choose to add a small payment for either 2nd class Signed For or next day Special Delivery (within the UK), or International Tracked And Signed. Just click on Postage Options to add a service to your order.

NOTE: These extra services are not available for club membership or Silva Screen products.

[RW] Changes to international shipping

Last year we introduced a new price band for shipping to the USA, as postage prices had risen so sharply to that territory. We subsequently added Australia, Japan and New Zealand as postage steadily increased to there too.

Now, the difference in postage to various territories outside Europe is once again negligible, so we’re simplifying things and returning to our former three options for postage and packing – UK, Europe, and Rest of the World. Most ‘Rest Of The World’ prices have stayed the same, though a few have changed a little (some up, some down). FAB Express 104 details all the new prices.

[UK] Sci-fi and fantasy at Cromford Mills Comic Con

Fanderson is delighted to, once again, be able to meet fans of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s work at this year’s event at Cromford Mills on Sunday 13th August.

Now entitled Comic Con, the event promises an intergalactic display of models, props, puppets and costumes from classic sci-fi productions of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Blake’s 7, Star Trek, Stranger Things, Star Wars… and beyond!

Fans of all ages are encouraged to dress up for the cosplay competition and explore the site showing off their creations. There will be stalls selling everything from comics and toys to replica props and clothing. They’ll also have photo opportunities, gaming, activities, Lego displays, and much much more.

It’s sure to be out of this world and a great day for the entire family – and entry is free! Come along to the Fanderson table and say “hello”!

Below photos are from previous events at Cromford Mills.

FAB Express 103 in the post!

Our spring mailing went in the post to all Fanderson members today.

FAB Express 103 should soon start landing in current members’ homes, and will be included in the welcome package for new members along with FAB Annual 2023.

Click here for an extended review of Presented In Supercolorisation.

We’re planning for FAB Express 104 to follow in the summer. That mailing will also include details of how to renew your membership in time to be included in the winter mailing and get FAB Annual 2024!

Keep your eye out for the postie!