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Start counting down with Zavvi and celebrate the 50th anniversary AND the release of 3 brand new episodes of Thunderbirds with us! On Wednesday the 30th of September, Zavvi will launch an official Thunderbirds Mystery Box, created in association with the ZBOX!

The box will feature 8 items based on the original 60s puppet show created by husband and wife team Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. We can now reveal that 4 of those are brand new and, brace yourselves, exclusive to Zavvi!

What’s more, we can also proudly announce that we’ve got the worldwide exclusive on the Thunderbirds 50th Anniversary Brains Day Of Disaster Replica Watch, launching on Wednesday the 30th as well! The watch is an accurate replica of the Brains Communicator Watch from the Thunderbirds episode ‘Day of Disaster’! It’s engraved with the 50th Anniversary Thunderbirds Logo and is numbered between 001-500 (there’s only 500 available!). A must-have gift for real Thunderbirds fans!

For people from all age groups, Thunderbirds evokes fond, nostalgic memories, rocketing you back to the days of Tracy Island play sets and adding Lady Penelope’s pink FAB1 to your Christmas wish list. The series was produced between 1964 and 1966 and made use of a film technique called ‘supermarionation’, featuring marionette puppets controlled by thin wires and scale model vehicles; which was extremely innovative for it’s time. Set in the mid-2060s, the show follows the adventures of ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy and his 5 adult sons, who together form International Rescue (IR), a secret organisation with high-tech rocket planes, spacecrafts and submarines that help to save human lives.

It was recently announced that Thunderbirds is making a limited comeback with 3 new episodes that make use of original audio recordings from 1966. The initiative came from Stephen La Rivière, who raised money through a Kickstarter Project (‘Thunderbirds 1965’) to create new episodes in the traditional Sixties style. The old voice tracks that are used were released as ‘audio adventures’ in the original series. They’ll be adapted and filmed using classic supermarionation techniques to stay faithful to the brothers Tracy, Lady Penelope, Brains, Parker and The Hood.

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At Zavvi, you can now enter multiple competitions via our Facebook and Twitter, until the new Thunderbirds Mystery Box and the Replica Watch go live at 9am on Wednesday. Win a pair of tour tickets to the set of the new Thunderbirds episodes, run off with a set of Octopus gift books or be lucky enough to get yourself a copy of the complete original series, signed by David Graham, the voice of Parker. Enter the competition here! And don’t miss out on the mystery box if you’re a huge Thunderbirds fan!

5-4-3-2-1… Thunderbirds Are Go!


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