A full 78 episodes of boys action hit Thunderbirds Are Go are now available, with premiere episodes still to come in the UK in 2020 and a blanket repeat schedule throughout the remainder of 2019. The latest episodes of season three reached 2.2m people in the UK, and were watched by more Boys aged four to nine than Power Rangers, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Trollhunters (BARB May-July 2019).
The brand-new toy line, distributed in the UK by Bandai, in New Zealand by Planet Fun and in Australia by Modern Brands, rolled out this September. The range includes hotly anticipated 12” action figures and vehicle ranges that feature new technology. Season three volume one is also being released on DVD in September.
Thunderbirds Day is celebrated every year on 30 September. This year’s celebrations include a partnership with Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts. The FAB Thunderbird Weekends will see Thunderbirds Are Go theming throughout the resorts, and visitors will receive a mission brief on arrival to complete special in-park challenges as recruits for International Rescue. High-profile influencers will also be sharing fun How-To Thunderbirds activity videos to encourage families to get involved and celebrate their love of International Rescue at home.
As well as a strong presence in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the series continues to build in China, where CCTV have just green-lit season two after season one was the number one animated show in the country across all channels when it aired (Eurodata Worldwide May 2017) in 2017. In other markets, season one is available on CBC’s VOD platform in Canada, season two is about to air on Rai Gulp in Italy and season three will launch in the Nordics by 2020.