“ Brand: Vivid Imaginations / Age: 3 Years+ „
Thunderbirds is an awesome show, both back in its day, and even today. Set in the second half of the twenty first century, the show is about a guy - Jeff Tracy, a former astronaut, who, with all his money, sets up "International Rescue"; a rescue organisation. With his five sons piloting the Thunderbirds - great machines in the form of submarines, space ships, rockets and space stations, you know you're in good hands with International Rescue.
All of this happened on Tracy Island - the island this billionaire astronaut bought for the purposes of building his secret base. There he lives with his sons, and the staff (Kirano and Tin Tin).
The Tracy Island playset is an accurate and pretty well detailed model of the island from the show. It detailed the entirety of the island, which is really cool for the kid who takes his playtime seriously. It has levers and buttons which open doors, which become launch pads for the Thunderbirds to take off. The trees bend back when Thunderbird 2 rolls down the landing strip, the pool opens up when Thunderbird 1 is ready to take off and Thunderbird 3 just takes off, and would logically set half the place on fire.
The Tracy Island set does look good, I'll give it that, but it could have been a lot better in my opinion. It's make of flimsy thin plastic which makes it feel a bit cheap (although not really a problem as it's not exactly going to break just sitting there), and doesn't come with any of the Thunderbirds, meaning if you want your kid to actually use it, you have to cash out on the Thunderbirds individually (die-cast metal ones look amazing, but they're pretty expensive). However, when it's all complete it is pretty awesome.
Inside the island you can reach in and there's a small box with buttons which activate voice clips from the episodes. Some of the more generic stuff like "F.A.B" and so on, giving a little more edge to your (or the kids, or whatever) rescue operations
Yes I was ripped off or rather my son was. Before Christmas. Jamie (who is four) noticed on a television advert that in the shops for sale was a Thunderbirds Tracey Island. Of course being a boy and Thunderbirds mad he wanted one. We searched everywhere. The whole family looked, friends looked. An Uncle who was visiting America even said he would look over there. Yes sounds daft and desperate. But Jamie has presents just once a year. His birthday is Boxing Day and although he has a party with his friends a few weeks before and a separate day for opening his birthday presents we do try to make it special and get him something he really wants as he has to wait another year to ask again. But as it was Christmas the makers of this toy presented by Carlton Television had jumped on the hype bandwagon and not supplied enough. Therefore ensuring a frenzy of Mums and Dads trying to get the toy for their child. We were unable to get the toy. So a very kind Aunty gave Jamie the money for his birthday and explained that Father Christmas had so much to carry he had asked her to give Jamie the money to buy one when he saw it in the shops. Now it only took three months to see one. Well two actually in a card shop and one of the boxes was broken so we took the other only decent one. When we got it home. My husband Mark had to put it altogether and put the stickers on as you now have to with everything. Why can't they do it for you. We pay enough for the toys. It is only right they put them together for you. But that is another rant I will have to write about one day. When I looked at it I was so angry. It is made of very thin plastic. Easily breakable. It doesn't come with batterys (like all toys). It didn't come with any of the rockets. (It did say that in tiny print on the box). All pictures show the rockets with it. Imagine the disappointment on Jamie's face when he realised he didn't have the
rockets with it. He was lucky enough to have been given T1 and T2 for Christmas but didn't have any of the others. If you add up the cost of the island and the accessories it comes to £60-£70. It is definately not worth any where near that amount. Parts of it should really be stuck down. But no suitable glue was provided. In the picture on the box, it looks like one of the rockets is launching. This doesn't happen. It is not easy to do either as there are no gaps underneath. And the picture does not show someones hand holding the rocket in place. Jamie so far has been very careful with it. Considering he is just four I am amazed. We told him it could break easily and he seems to have taken that on board. It is a shame as I have to move it out of the way when his friends come to play as boys together get rougher. I would hate to see it break after five minutes of play with a friend it cost too much for that. My advise is don't buy it it is not worth the money. Spend it on something else. UPDATE I have just noticed that this year the makers of the Thunderbirds Island have released a newer version. It does a couple of extra things and is on sale from £34.99 to as much as £54.99 (yes I have seen it on sale in one shop for the top figure) it is not much different from the other version but has been advertised showing the extras and guess what my son wants it. I DON'T THINK SO... if the first one was a lump of plastic this is just an upgraded lump of plastic. Be warned before you buy is it worth the money! Check first.
An all-action techno playset including electronic wizadry to bring the magic of the notorious Thunderbirds control centre to life. Figures and vehicles sold seperately.