Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Nerdversity Reviews: Thunderbirds Are Go! Thunderbird 1

As we have started our Thunderbirds at 50 retrospective, I thought we'd take a look at the current Vivid Imaginations toys based on the current incarnation of the series, Thunderbirds Are Go! The first on the list is Thunderbird 1

The box features an open design, not too dissimilar from the Power Rangers Dino Charge toys we looked at earlier. You can see the full toy displayed in the box with the wings splayed open. There's some graphics showing off the new logo with the 5 Tracy brothers behind the logo. The front also features graphics of Scott running and Scott coming down on a zipline.

The back of the box has the same logo in the upper right corner and has a clip out and keep filecard for Scott and Thunderbird 1 that has all the stats on Scott and his machine. It also has an instruction sheet printed on the back and advertisements for Tracy Island and some upcoming toys in the line.

Out of the box, Thunderbird 1 stands approximately 5 inches from Nose to tail and features a very detailed paint job that covers all over. There's a detailed cockpit on the underside, machine gun, markings all over THUNDERBIRD 1 down the frontof the craft and TB 1 featured all over the sides and rocket engine. It may not be visible that well on the pictures, but the blue detailing on the base and the engine feature a honeycomb pattern. The nosecone is made of a soft rubber and the body is made of a much harder plastic. 

Twisting the rocket engine all the way round extends the wings. It also plays a rocket launching sound. There is a button just above the 1 that plays a number of sounds and these are:
  • Rocket sound
  • Thunderbird 1 is away
  • FAB, I'm on it
  • We're International Rescue

These are currently for sale at most retail stores across the globe and are about £8 or $10 or so. There is some play value for children as it has sounds that can be accessed at the touch of a button and it has a gimmick in that the wings can extend and retract by twisting the rockets. There are probably a number of Gerry Anderson and Thunderbirds fans that have this in their collection.