TOYTOWN 2001 : REMEMBER MORE NEW RELEASES TO BE PREVIEWED SHORTLY!
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! FOR 2001 AND BEYOND!
This is from our Just-In-Space Article (June 2001) in “Collectormania Newspaper”, available at all leading Newspaper outlets right around Australia. Click on any of the following images below to view larger pictures. Please also wait for this page to load properly! With screaming collectors eager to find out news on the current Gerry Anderson Thunderbirds 2001 Australian market blitz, the following details may help you. Although some products were released last year in the U.K it appears some of that range is also on the way. With a huge resurgence, Thunderbirds are go! With cable T.V and Channel Nine Australia re-screening the entire series, new toys appearing on the market, along with the long awaited digitally remastered series appearing on Australian shores with DVD.
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Gerry first came up with the story for Thunderbirds. In 1963, his studio needed a new concept for a show to go into production straight after ‘Stingray’. Listening to the radio one day he became engrossed in the story of miners being rescued from a flooded pit 300 feet below the surface. A unique machine was to be transported across Germany to drill the deep hole that would allow the miners to be release from their airlock. Suddenly the idea of an International Rescue team was born and the details began to emerge as he dictated them to his wife. International Rescue would operate from an unmapped Pacific Island. Villains would seek to capture the equipment that was used for the missions. Within 2 years, the Thunderbirds were airborne. Recently in the U.K on BBC Radio 4, Gerry Anderson was interviewed about the past, present and future of the Thunderbirds. He hopes that a new version of the series will be made soon (hopefully 2002) where girls will have as much of the action as the boys. He also said there will most certainly be a feature Film made, but did not disclose whether or not it would be CGI, Puppet or Live Action. [To hear that Interview, make sure you have a RealPlayer and click the Realplayer Logo on the side bar at your left. If have not got a Realplayer for this interview and you would like one, click the above Logo at your right to go and get one! There is a little Trivia in this too.]
The 1960's puppet-animated sci-fi show, Thunderbirds, appears to be rekindling it's pyrotechnic cult status not only here in Australia but around the globe. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, Thunderbirds, was created by Gerry Anderson (Space: 1999 being most recognizable amongst his numerous other credits: 12 puppet shows, 4 live-action shows, 5 films, and numerous pilots, commercials, and videos!). The series depicts the adventures of the five Tracy brothers, their cook's daughter Tintin, a scientist named Brains, a ex-safecracker-turned-chauffeur named Parker, and socialite spy Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward which make up International Rescue, an elite mercy organization equipped with futuristic vehicles (Thunderbirds 1-5). Of course there's Hood, the evil bad guy the gang must deal with. The show is one of the U.K and Japanese television's most popular shows ever and is starting to become blazing hot again in Australia. Rumour also suggests with other Anderson shows appearing on DVD shortly that Terra-Hawks maybe remastered for DVD too.
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