Rare vintage Fairylite Thunderbirds figures feature in latest Aston’s auction

Nestling among the almost 500 lots of toy cars and model railways in the latest Aston’s Auctioneers Toy and Model Railway Auction, taking place next Tuesday, are a couple of vintage Thunderbirds rarities produced by Fairylite that might just catch the eye of collectors.

Two boxed vintage  ‘Empire Made’ action figures of Scott Tracy and Parker, produced by Fairylite, were officially endorsed products licensed by A.P. Films (Merchandising). Scott comes dressed in blue suit with blue cap, white boots and a blue sash, with  International Rescue badge attached and  with the three compartments in the sash all retaining their accessories including the pistol. The Parker figure is dressed in white vest, brown coat, cap shoes and brown striped trousers.

Fairylite "Thunderbirds" Figures - Scott Tracy and Parker

Fairylite “Thunderbirds” Figures – Scott Tracy and Parker

Also on offer are two boxed vintage figures from the Lady Penelope fashion doll range, inspired by Thunderbirds – Lady Penelope and Tin-Tin, also produced by Fairylite. Lady Penelope’ doll comes dressed in a blue flared trouser suit with pink detailing, a white top and a deep pink waist tie, however lacks footwear.

The black haired  Tin-Tin doll is dressed in a red jacket with yellow motif and black trousers, both of which have pink edging, and the doll also has white plastic shoes.

Fairylite "Lady Penelope" Thunderbirds Figures

Fairylite “Lady Penelope” Thunderbirds Figures – Lady Penelope and Tin Tin

The boxes in both lots aren’t in the best of shape, but they are good enough to see an estimated top price of £80 for each lot. However, an article on the Collectors Club of Great Britain site published in 2009 suggests these Fairylite toy company action figures are quite rare –  but for some reason, none of them have commanded huge sales figures at auctions, according to  Rob Burman in his book, Gerry Anderson Collectables.

Originally released in 1966, the figures represented ground-breaking production values, considered far superior to the Gerry Anderson-related puppets produced previously by Pelham. Was it the imminent release of Palitoy’s new Action Man (which was to win Toy of the Year in 1966) that influenced the decision to make a posable action figure, rather than the somewhat dated puppet format?

“The fact the name on the box states ‘Action Thunderbirds’ seems to support that theory,” the article notes.

Fairylite released ten dolls in the series: Virgil, Scott, John, Alan, Gordon, and Jeff Tracy, along with Brains, Lady Penelope, Parker and Tin Tin. The  Lady Penelope figure was supported by releases of extra outfits, sold separately.

The company also produced a number of vehicle models, including Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray.

A Gerry Anderson 'Space 1999' Deluxe Eagle Gift Set by Product Enterprise

A Gerry Anderson ‘Space 1999’ Deluxe Eagle Gift Set by Product Enterprise

Product Enterprise Space: 1999 Eagle and Fireball XL5

Product Enterprise Space: 1999 Eagle and Fireball XL5

Product Enterprise SPV and Stingray

Product Enterprise SPV and Stingray

A boxed Marvel 12 inch Special Edition 'Daredevil' figure together with a quantity of boxed Eaglemoss DC Comics figures, without magazines

A boxed Marvel 12 inch Special Edition ‘Daredevil’ figure together with a quantity of boxed Eaglemoss DC Comics figures, without magazines

As well as a number of Doctor Who, James Bond and Star Wars items, also on offer are four boxed Sideshow James Bond 007 12 inch Figures, including two from Dr No: Sean Connery as James Bond and Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No, together with two from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – George Lazenby as James Bond and Telly Savalas as Ernst Blofeld.

Sideshow James Bond 007 12 inch Figures,

Sideshow James Bond 007 12 inch Figures

• Aston’s Auctioneers Toy and Model Railway Auction – Tuesday 13th August 2019, Baylies Hall, Tower Street, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1NB | Web: bid.astonsauctioneers.co.uk | The-Saleroom



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