17/06/2016: BIG CHIEF STUDIOS ANNOUNCE THUNDERBIRDS & GERRY ANDERSON HIGH-END COLLECTABLES
BIG Chief Studios Ltd. (www.bigchiefstudios.co.uk) is proud to announce a licensing deal with ITV Ventures Limited to produce a range of high-end collectables based on the classic series Thunderbirds and other series from the Gerry Anderson Portfolio.
Initial product offerings will include highly detailed 1:6 Scale Character Replica Figures of the puppets used in the making of the hit series. From the Tracy brothers: Scott; John; Virgil; Gordon and Alan, to International Rescue’s most formidable agents Lady Penelope and Parker. Initial offerings will focus on fan-favourite Thunderbirds, expanding the range with characters from a number of Gerry Anderson’s other popular shows including: Stingray; Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet.
In addition to the replica figures BIG Chief will also release a range of Cross-section Vehicle Replicas, offering fans a unique opportunity to collect a range of models with special removable panels that reveal the inner workings, engines and cockpits of the classic vehicles.
BIG Chief will begin offering the initial product releases direct to consumers via their dedicated website (www.bigchiefstudios.co.uk) and through select hobby and specialist retailers.
BIG Chief directors Mark Andrews and Tony Leetham said, “We are thrilled to have agreed rights with ITV for such a prestigious and classic range of properties. The world that Gerry Anderson and his team created helped to shape the formative years of millions of young people around the world. Compelling storytelling, aspirational characters and amazing ingenious machines revolutionised children’s television. We cannot wait for fans to see the FAB collection we have planned!”
Thunderbirds is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. It was produced between 1964 and 1966 using a form of electronic marionette puppetry (dubbed "Supermarionation") combined with scale model special effects sequences.
Set in the mid-2060s, Thunderbirds is a follow-up to the earlier Supermarionation productions Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray. It follows the exploits of International Rescue (IR), a life-saving organisation equipped with technologically-advanced land, sea, air and space rescue craft; these are headed by a fleet of five vehicles named the Thunderbirds and launched from IR's secret base in the Pacific Ocean. The main characters are ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, the founder of IR, and his five adult sons, who pilot the Thunderbird machines.
Thunderbirds began its first run in the United Kingdom on the ITV network in 1965 and has since been broadcast in at least 66 other countries. Periodically repeated, it was adapted for radio in the early 1990s and has influenced many TV programmes and other media. As well as inspiring various merchandising campaigns, the series has been followed by two feature-length film sequels, a live-action film adaptation and a mimed stage show tribute. The second of two TV remakes, the computer-animated Thunderbirds Are Go, premiered in 2015.
Widely considered to be the Andersons’ most popular and commercially successful series, Thunderbirds has received particular praise for its effects (directed by Derek Meddings) and musical score (composed by Barry Gray). It is also well remembered for its title sequence, which opens with an often-quoted countdown by actor Peter Dyneley (who voiced the character of Jeff): "5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Thunderbirds Are Go!”
Now in it's 51st year Thunderbirds is still going strong following a reignited interested from its 50th anniversary last year and over 70 licensees globally.
BIG Chief Studios Ltd. is comprised of industry veterans with the experience and passion to deliver high quality collectables. Specialising in the design, development and manufacture of gift, collectable and toy products. With offices in both Birmingham and Hemel Hempstead, the company has a network of distribution channels.