|Messenger bag with Frank Bellamy's Thunderbirds art (RRP: £24.99)|
I remember in the Sixties wishing so hard that I could get the comic stickers, notebooks etc etc that was advertised in Marvel and DC comics and wishing we had the equivalent range of comic toys, bags, alarm clocks for UK comics! Imagine when I found out that these are coming our way in the UK and with FRANK BELLAMY ARTWORK!!
Perhaps I should calm down and tell you more without using exclamation marks.
|Thunderbirds flask with Frank Bellamy's Artwork|
Firstly it was thanks to John Freeman over on Downthetubes.net that I found all this out. I then went hunting and found that the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds (how old does that make me?) has a raft of merchandising opportunities with it and that "during the last significant licensing programme in 2001, the brand was worth over £150m at retail" (see the full article on Licensing.biz).
Thunderbirds was on our screens for the first time in 1965 and the new Thunderbirds series - being produced in New Zealand (read more than you need to know here on the Fanderson website) will only increase excitement for little children like me.
|Travel set with Frank Bellamy's Thunderbirds art|
|Thunderbirds gadget case with Frank Bellamy's artwork (RRP:£24.99)|
Housewares product designer, developer and distributor Bunkerbound are the company behind these products which should appear in shops this month. I have listed the Recommended Retail Price against each image with a link to further details under each image. Bunkerbound's sales department kindly sent me the larger images and you can see the range and their fuller descriptions here
|Thunderbirds alarm clock with Frank Bellamy's artwork (RRP: £22.99)|
TemptationGifts will be retailing these later this year. Their site is full of merchandised characters