Friday, 25 July 2014

FRED IRA ORDWAY III RIP

Blog reader and publisher Rob Godwin has told me about the sad passing of his friend Fred Ordway, who Rob describes as one of a kind. Mr.Ordway advised Stanley Kubrick when he made 2001.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TRACY ISLAND REVEALED: First look at the home of Thunderbirds Are Go!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Tracy Island revealed: 

First look at the home of Thunderbirds Are Go

Producers release shot from the anticipated re-make of the much loved series

Fans get an exclusive first look at the new Tracy Island

The picture was unveiled to coincide with Thunderbirds panel at COMIC-CON® International 2014.


Thunderbirds Are Go producers have released an exclusive image from the production of their new series; an insight into the brand new Tracy Island. The picture was unveiled as a Thunderbirds panel came together to discuss the heritage of the series at COMIC-CON® International, San Diego, in celebration of the show's upcoming fiftieth anniversary in 2015.


Tracy Island is fondly remembered for its unique features including its retractable swimming pool and tilting palm trees. In keeping with the original setting, the island still stands tall over the crystal clear waters of an exotic location. 


The action packed reboot will be produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets to deliver a new level of action-adventure animation whilst also paying tribute to the classic 1960's phenomenon.


Speaking about Tracy Island, Executive Producer Giles Ridge said, "It's great to have the chance to give fans a sneak peak at the home of Thunderbirds. Tracy Island was a much loved feature of the original show, so it felt right that we showcase our new-look location with the show's followers."


ITV Studios is currently in production with Pukeko Pictures on a remake of the classic series originally produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The series will debut on ITV and CITV in 2015 and has already been sold to Australia's Nine Network.


David Graham, the original voice of Parker, will reprise his role and is to be joined by Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope. The Tracy brothers are to be voiced by Thomas Brodie Sangster (Game of Thrones), Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker) and Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale)

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DALEK PATROL SHIP & PILOT

As the hotly anticipated new series of Doctor Who featuring Peter Capaldi  is due to air next month I though it’s time to give some Who merchandise a mention.



Generally speaking Who merchandise for me means  Daleks, and my latest acquisition is this Dalek Patrol Ship complete with pilot.


As far as I’m aware  this particular Patrol Ship first appeared in the fiftieth anniversary special  ‘Day Of The Doctor’.


 It has a spring loaded firing cannon on top, and removable armoured panels.


It’s scaled to the 3.75” series and comes with its own pilot.


It’s a perfect complimentary vehicle to the previously released Dalek Hoverbout.



BOOK COVER SUMMER: THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD


Check out this beautiful Booster Rocket on the cover of Heinlein's classic, The Man Who Sold The World.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

TOY FISTICUFFS: SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN V CAPTAIN LAZER



So readers, in the big dukeroo between the Six Million Dollar Man toy figure and the Captain Lazer figure, who would win? Opinions and reasons via comments as usual. Use all the gizmo's they have!

COOL TOY OF THE WEEK


Rocket Truck
Plastic
1960's
DDR
[old East Germany]
online source: virtuelles speilzeugmuseum


Anyone else like Eastern bloc toys like me?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

KONAMI SKYDIVER

Some photos of the Konami Skydiver.

Here it is 'seaskimming'.

I think the detail on this tiny 3” model is exceptional, and to some degree better than the Product Enterprise version.



Even though it’s small, each side is a perfect representation of its TV counterpart with accurate lettering.




It even separates  into Diver 1 and a minuscule Sky 1.


BEAUTIFUL SCI FI SITE FROM FINLAND

Whilst looking for sci-fi covers I came across this lovely Finnish site about Sci-Fi comics. I particularly love the author's childhood comic covers, which have a look of the gorgeous coloured pencil drawings of JRR Tolkien. Of course our very own Bill Wotan B made fab childhood drawings of his favourite spacex toys, which would have made great comic covers.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

BLIMEY ANNOUNCES PROJECT SWORD IN PRINT AGAIN!

Blog reader Gerry D has kindly brought to my attention some very exciting news, which has appeared on BLIMEY! Lew Stringer's excellent comics blog.

Lew has announced that Project SWORD will be print AGAIN! Yes, Project SWORD will return as part of a one-off Limited edition TV21 special included in a Blue-Ray set by Network 'Filmed In Supermarionation'. 

If I have understood it correctly, the strip, along with many more Anderson shows, will be NEW, written by a modern writer! Wow! Let's hope it comes off.

Check out Lew's scoop here on BLIMEY! and the actual Press Release from NETWORK.

INSPIRATION FOR THE LUNAR CARRIER

As a post script to the Konami Lunar Carrier I  found this feature in the 1980 Dan Dare annual featuring drawings of real prototype aircraft and the designs did remind me of the SHADO Lunar Carrier. I wonder if Derek Meddings had seen pictures of these exotic looking craft when he designed the Carrier. What do you think?





the definitive guide to vintage thunderbirds toys - steve's thunderbirds vintage toys

BLOG EXCLUSIVES ARCHIVE: CUrrently out of order

Spacex Mobile Launch Pad Instruction sheet courtesy of reader Mike Burrows

Spacex Nuclear Pulse Instruction sheet courtesy of reader Mike Burrows

Tarheel Moon Prospector Instruction sheet courtesy of Woodsy

Snow Train and Hover Tank Make a Model Book Century 21 courtesy of Woodsy

Scout 3 Box copy to print out and make up by Woodsy and Wotan

BLOG EXCLUSIVE: TARHEEL PROBE FORCE 3 BOX ART AND INSTRUCTION SHEET DOWNLOAD

BLOG EXCLUSIVE: TARHEEL PROBE FORCE 3 BOX ART AND INSTRUCTION SHEET DOWNLOAD
Courtesy of Graeme Walker

Blog exclusive 3 - tarheel moon prospector instruction sheet - print-out a4 and keep!

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