Gerry Anderson FAQ

What does FAB stand for?

This has got to be one of the most asked questions: What does FAB stand for in Thunderbirds? Well here’s the answer in one simple word: Nothing! In the 60’s the buzz-word was “fabulous”. This was shortened to FAB and used simply as a call sign like ‘Roger’ or ‘Ten-Four’ to acknowledge received instructions. If it was an acronym, then the best suggestion we’ve heard for a potential meaning is “Fully Acknowledged Broadcast”. So now, next time someone asks you what FAB stands for, you can give them the authoritative answer: nothing!

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How can I submit my script, story or idea?

Anderson Entertainment does not accept unsolicited script submission. There are a number of potential legal consequences which can result from reading unsolicited material which may turn out to be similar to a project we are developing or may develop. Accordingly, the general policy of Anderson Entertainment is to not read or consider unsolicited material, ideas or suggestions of any nature whatsoever.

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Can you tell me more about the Space 2099 project?

We’ve received a lot of e-mails recently about Space 2099 – a reboot of Space:1999. We cannot give you any information because the Gerry Anderson Estate is not involved in the project in any way. We have not been approached by anyone associated with the production and therefore cannot give you any information about it. The best thing we can recommend is that you look for the Space 2099 page on Facebook and get updates from there.

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Can you tell me more about the UFO reboot?

We’ve received a lot of e-mails recently about the new UFO reboot that has been talked about for some time. At the moment the Gerry Anderson Estate and Anderson Entertainment are not involved with the production in any way so we cannot give you any information about the project.

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Where did Thunderbirds get its name?

For many years we believed that Thunderbirds was named after ‘Thunderbird Field’ in Arizona – a base where Gerry Anderson’s brother trained during the Second World War.

However, during extensive research for a book on Lionel Anderson’s life, we discovered that this fact had been mis-remembered by Gerry. The truth is much more exciting and intriguing. 

You can read the full story about how Thunderbirds got its name here.

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Where can I buy the three new Thunderbirds episodes? (Thunderbirds 1965)

Thunderbirds 1965 was a project undertaken by POD 4 Films in 2015 for the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds. The project produced three new half-hour episodes of classic Thunderbirds using the original Supermarionation techniques and was funded via Kickstarter.

As stated by the producers – the episodes were only ever to be released to Kickstarter backers as a special celebration.

At this point, there are (as far as we know) no plans for a public release. The episodes were only available to Kickstarter backers and it is not possible to buy them. The episodes turn up from time to time on eBay but have not been publicly released.

If any plans for a public release are announced then they will be covered on the news page and this FAQ answer will be amended. But if you’re reading this, then the three new Thunderbirds episodes are not currently available for purchase.

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Where can I buy Thunderbird 2 toys?

So you want to get some Thunderbird 2 toys? Good old Thunderbird 2. Everyone knows it. The giant green transporter with the little backwards wings has been adored by Thunderbirds fans since it was first unveiled in September 1965.

As a result, Thunderbird 2 toys have long been the favourite of Thunderbirds fans. Always in high demand, and always absolutely FAB, Thunderbird 2 remains a fan favourite across the globe.

Thunderbird 2 toys can be purchased from the Official Gerry Anderson Store. New variants are being licensed and released all the time, including a range of very cool Japanese Thunderbird 2 toys and models.

Thunderbird 2 toys - the Konami Thunderbird 2

If you’re looking for older versions like the Dinky Thunderbird 2 (even the blue one) then your best bet is to search on eBay. But remember – original 60s toys in mint condition, and especially those in their original boxes are going to be on the expensive side!

The famous blue Dinky Thunderbird 2 toys

If you’d like to know more about Thunderbirds merchandise in general that you can look at the Thunderbirds merchandise Wikipedia page or consult a number of merchandise guides that have been produced over the years.

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Where can I buy Thunderbird 5 toys?

Thunderbird 5 toys have always been difficult to get hold of. International Rescue’s space station is a difficult shape, and isn’t action oriented, so toy manufacturers have tended to shy away from them.

However, if you want to buy Thunderbird 5 toys, you’re in luck. The official Gerry Anderson store brings in Thunderbird 5 toys from Japan, meaning that you should be able to get hold of these rare, but lovely models!

Check out the Tomica mini metal Thunderbird 5, or the Aoshima Thunderbird 5 model kit for examples.

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Where can I buy Fireball XL5 collectables?

If you’re a Fireball XL5 fan then you’ve come to the right place! The official Gerry Anderson store stocks Fireball XL5 DVDs, Blu-rays, mugs, t-shirts and more.

So if you wish you were a spaceman, the fastest guy alive – let them fly you round the universe in Fireball XL5! Visit the Fireball XL5 collection now.

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  • Jacob Roome

    Im just wondering, What do fans need to do if we want to see official reboots of older shows such as Fireball XL-5 and Stingray?

    • jamie

      You can write to ITV who own the shows. Beyond that, you can support new Anderson legacy projects… all positive press and support for the Gerry Anderson name could help these become a reality.

  • Mike Doskotz

    Are there any plans to bring more Fireball XL5 merchandise on the web site?

    • Not at present, Mike. We’re looking into some possibilities with ITV though.

      • TransmatTrev

        Robert the robot pleeeeease!

  • Tom Nichol

    Just out of curiosity, who currently owns the licensing rights to Supercar, Fireball XL5, etc.?

  • Paul Taylor

    Can anyone tell us where Firestorm is at the minute? Can we look forward to seeing it on TV soon?

  • stereochris

    I have just read the answer to the question “What does F A B stand for”? Well either I have been under a misaprehension but I have always taken it as standing for Fully Advised and Briefed. That is going back fifty years as Im sure you well know.

    I really do remember reading/ hearing, this, but in which publication or audio, I am sorry to say that info’ has dissapeared from my head. So as for it “means nothing”, as far as I am concerned it does 🙂

    • Sorry you’ve been under that misapprehension for all those decades, Chris! But our FAB answer is the official one as given by the creators of the original show and those who worked on it. Of course, if it makes you happier you can believe whatever you want 😉

      • stereochris

        Thanks for the swift reply. Thats amazing I do now wonder where I got that information from.

  • Tom Kovach

    My wife thinks that F-A-B stands for “Full After-Burner”. But, even as a child, when the series was actually “on”, I often thought that it stood for “fabulous”. (Because of my later military career, I told my wife that there is no use of “F-A-B” anywhere in the military/aviation lexicon of which I’m aware.) By the way, I’ve read on-and-off that there is a “Thunderbirds” live-action movie reboot in the works, filming in New Zealand. From time to time, the project seems to be either filming or on-hold. I’d love to be involved, if it ever comes to fruition. (Click this link, please.) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5031425/bio Thank you.

    • It’s definitely not ‘full after-burner’ 🙂 And we’re pretty sure there’s no ‘live action Thunderbirds’ in the works!