Vivid unveils stunning Thunderbirds Are Go! toy range

Fanderson visited Britain’s largest toy trade show today to take a look at Vivid’s exciting new toy range to tie in with Thunderbirds Are Go!

In a sign of the huge interest and secrecy that continues to surround the series, Vivid’s Thunderbirds line was only on display in a separate sealed off room within the company’s main stand.


The star product was undoubtedly the Interactive Tracy Island Playset. The set boasts ‘smart technology’ that enables it to ‘know’ which craft is launching, and play appropriate sound and light effects. But one of the most impressive features of the product is the semi-automated launch sequences. This was demonstrated with Thunderbird 3, and it was fascinating to see the craft being moved up through the roundhouse under its own steam. The set also comes with a wrist controller that activates ‘mission sounds’ from John up in the space station.


Apart from the roundhouse, all the iconic elements have been preserved and updated – there are still collapsible palm trees and Thunderbird 1 still rises out of the swimming pool. In fact, the launch sequences for Thunderbirds 1 and 2 were being shown in the same room on a large 4K(ish?) screen. The combination of CGI and live action model sets was fascinating to watch and had an exciting, slightly surreal video game quality to it. It’s hard to see the series, and the toys, failing to appeal to children this Christmas. The Tracy Island retails at £79.99.

The Thunderbird craft toys that fit with the Tracy Island all come with realistic thruster sound effects and extendable features. Thunderbird 1 has retractable wings and a rotatable thruster to ensure a safe landing. Thunderbird 3  comes with extending legs used for attaching to things when drilling, which are released by a trigger under the craft. There are also realistic engine sounds when the middle shaft is rotated. As you would expect, Thunderbird 2 comes with a mini-Thunderbird 4, and features a  drop-down landing pod, retractable landing gear and TB2 engine sounds. Thunderbird 2 will retail at £14.99, while TBs 1 and 3 will retail at £9.99. There will be a  ‘value’ Vehicle Super Set containing all four craft (TB1, TB2, TB3 and TB4) (RRP £29.99).


Perhaps the most exciting toy for older fans was the larger-scale TB2 Playset which included  folding wings, drop-down entry doors, retractable landing gear (controlled by the wings) and realistic engine sounds. Apparently it also contains an intelligent IC trigger which knows when TB4 is or isn’t in the drop down central pod. As you can see, the TB2 cockpit  accommodates 2 x 1.5” action figures. The Thunderbird 4 craft included in the set also comes with a separate escape pod and opening rear air lock and lower pod door. This one is sure to be top of some people’s lists! (RRP £39.99)


The Tracy brothers action figures were also on show. Measuring 3.75” inches in height, they feature nine points of articulation,and come with their own character accessories and removable helmets. There will also be a Hood action figure…but that was being kept under wraps now. The 6 action figures will retail at £7.99.

Finally, a very fetching blue Thunderbirds uniform will launch later in the year. The unform featured themed graphics and raised sculpting, and is expected to cost £19.99



Clearly the Thunderbirds ‘franchise’ continues to be in the very best of hands at Vivid. The company’s long and faithful association with the series was highlighted by the presence of their original Tracy Island toy at the show. The new Tracy Island is bigger, bolder  and bristles with lights, sound effects and mechanical features.

We expect many 50 year old fans to be buying these ‘for their children’ next Christmas.


…2…! The last of our online Thunderbirds competitions

Thunderbird 2 bagThanks to our friends at ITV Studios, club members can win a Thunderbirds Are Go! promotional bag, in the last in our series of online competitions!

Produced specially for Brand Licensing Europe, the black bag carries the series title along with the green silhouette of Thunderbird 2. Inside the bag is an A5 flyer and a costume patch, sealed in silver foil.

To be in with a chance to win this special prize that money can’t buy, just answer this simple question:

Captain Scarlet voice artist Francis Matthews worked with Thunderbirds voice artist Peter Dyneley in which episode of The Saint? (clue: the answer’s in FAB 78)

Send your answer to along with your full name and club membership number by 23:59 BST Friday 14th November 2014

The winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries on Saturday 15th November, whilst two runners-up will be sent the Thunderbirds Are Go! flyer.

FAB 79 will give all members the chance to win the TB1 bag, and is due to be mailed in early November.

You can see the other bags in the set below:

Build your own Thunderbird 2!

Thunderbird 2 press out and build model.

Model-makers and all-round fans of Thunderbirds will be excited to hear that EIGHT Innovation has produced a Thunderbird 2 Press-out & Build book in association with Haynes Publishing and ITV Studios!

EIGHT Innovation have been designing and producing practical gifts for large retailers for many years.

Check out their website for a great video that demonstates how to build the model!

Thunderbirds T-shirts are go

It’s not exactly t-shirt-wearing weather at the moment, but we wanted to draw fans’ attention to these fantastic products courtesy of Scifi Collector.

These t-shirts feature intricate designs based on the Thunderbirds Haynes Manual. Priced £14.99, they are due for release in January 2013 and can pre-ordered from

Check out the designs in closer detail..

Now all we need is a heatwave…!