ITV secures Thunderbirds brace

Diffusion and TDP Textiles sign up for classic brand.
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ITV Studios Global Entertainment has awarded two new licences for Classic Thunderbirds to Diffusion and TDP Textiles.

Diffusion Toys, a producer and distributor of die-cast toys, miniatures and collectables for the adult market, is planning a range of Thunderbirds trading cards and 12-inch collectable figures. These will feature all of the heroes - and one or two of the villains - from the iconic series.

The range will be available from May 2013.

Meanwhile, TDP Textiles is bringing some of the detailed illustrations that made the Haynes' International Rescue Thunderbirds Agents' Technical Manual a hit in the summer to men's t-shirts and loungewear.

The range will be illustrated with the likes of detailed diagrams of the inner workings of Thunderbirds craft, cutaways of the Tracy Island buildings, launch bays and storage areas, as well as Lady Penelope's FAB1 and FAB2 vehicles.

"These two very different licences in fact have a lot in common," said Trudi Hayward from ITVS GE. "They illustrate the continuing strength of the Classic Thunderbirds brand and the power and the appeal of the images and designs that Gerry Anderson made famous, which are more on-trend with today's adult market than ever before."

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