Funko pretty much rules the vinyl figure world. These wonderful Pop! Television Thunderbirds vinyl figures show why.
Thunderbirds is a British science fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, filmed by their production company AP Films (APF). It was made between 1964 and 1966 using a form of electronic marionette puppetry that was dubbed Supermarionation. This was combined with mind-blowing scale model special effects sequences!
So if you’re ready: Thunderbirds are Go!
It appears that these three supporting characters are the only members of this line of merchandise at this time. If you want Mr. Tracy and the boys, you’ll have to settle for Matchbox mini action figures or Funko Wacky Wobblers!
Lady Penelope is a standout character from the series and I posed her above with her signature Rolls Royce supercar, in diecast form.
Parker was the faithful driver/bodyguard for Lady Penelope while Brains was the, er… brains, behind the marvelous mechanical machines used by the International Rescue task force.
Looking good in retro fashion from every angle!
These figures are very well made with only the usual flaw to complain about. With such big heads coupled with such small feet, the characters can be hard to pose in standing positions. With these three, it was only a problem with Parker. But I have had the issue with many other figures, even having to leave them in the boxes to display them.
International Rescue was always saving people from tragedy. But sometimes, failure was just something they had to deal with. How did Mr. Tracy help his boys deal with this part of the job? With a pep talk, of course:
“You can’t save everyone. It doesn’t matter how hard you try or how brave you are. It doesn’t even matter if it’s someone you love, someone you’d give your life in a second to save. You just can’t save everyone.” Truer words have never been spoken. But thankfully, the world has people, First Responders, who will never stop trying!