Of the many reasons to feel jealous of the Tracy Brothers (amazing machinery, dashing uniforms, killer eyebrows) their tropical base Tracy Island is the most seductive. Designed to hide the amazing Thunderbirds, the island has been at the top of children’s Christmas lists for generations. Now producers of the computer generated Thunderbirds Are Go reboot have released this image of the redesigned base.
The Tracy Brothers have made some changes. While the original looked like somewhere Frank Sinatra might rent for a summer, there’s no sign yet of the swimming pool which used to slide back to reveal Thunderbird 1. That said, the main clubhouse does seem to have a Tiki-Hut style roof. Very Rat Pack.
Also gone is Thunderbird 2’s landing strip, which used to lead into a sheer cliff face. Yes, the cliff retracted like a garage door, but it was a bit of a giveaway that the nuclear powered flying machine was concealed behind.
The Tracys will have no problem staying fit: their home looks much taller than it used to. The round guesthouse (launch pad for Thunderbird 3, their hot-rod red spaceship) is now positioned on its own tall outcrop, while the mountains themselves wouldn’t look out of place in Lord of the Rings.
The image was released at a special Thunderbirds convention at Comic-Con in San Diego. Thunderbirds are Go will be broadcast in 2015, the show’s 50th anniversary, on ITV. The Tracy brothers will be played by Thomas Brodie Sangster (Game of Thrones), Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker) and Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale), with Rosamund Pike as the regal Lady Penelope and David Graham returning to the role of her butler Parker.
Frankly, it all looks F.A.B, but if you can’t wait for the inevitable toy version, why not build your own?