Thursday 21 March 2019

Envy me

Or not, as the case may be.


  1. OOoooooh the Fireflash! Can stay aloft for a year but the radiation shielding only holds for a couple of hours IIRC. Still envious!

  2. Where would Thunderbirds have been without the odd "design flaw".

  3. Look forward to seeing this one- jealous!

  4. Memories of my youth.....yes I'm envious;but also glad to see that we share some tastes

  5. I never saw the original Gerry Anderson show, however I was very fond of the anime spinoff sequel(?) "Thunderbirds 2086". It seemed almost like speculative hard science fiction. In those days Japanese animation/manga was not common in the West and most of it was (heavily localized/rewritten) Star Wars toy-selling, franchise-style space opera: Galaxy Express 999, Space Cruiser Yamato (Star Blazers); Macross (Robotech).

    And yet now there is still very little speculative fiction in anime or manga, at least in English; the only other examples I can think of are also not very popular: the manga "2001 Nights" and (anime and manga) "Planetes"(sic). Maybe there are other gems still untranslated or buried under a neverending tsunami of trite shonen crap....

  6. As far as I know the Thunderbirds 2086 series was disowned by Anderson and co as it deviated so far from their original ideas - but I've never seen it.

    I don't know too much about anime or manga either, other than a handful of Studio Ghibli films I've seen over the years, which I'm not sure quite count.

    When I was a kid there was a Japanese animated series shown on UK television called "Marine Boy", which I gather is considered fairly obscure and little-remembered even in Japan. I used to like it a lot!

    I think it is probably why merpeople and cetaceans show up in my work over and over.

    1. Hi Al,

      Just spotted this post. Marine Boy was also a favourite of mine, as well as Stingray. And finally loads of Jacques Cousteau TV and then much later scuba diving. Marine Boy was a lot to answer for...��

  7. Lovely vintage Thunderbirds model. :-) Have you already assembled it ?

    Fun hearing how an older anime inspired you for RS and other works ! :-D I had a bit of an undersea craze phase when I was a wee young'un as well.

  8. Haven't made it yet - it's gone to the great "SABLE" stash in the attic (SABLE: Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy).

  9. Sir, I choose not.
    And I'll tella youse why
    (excuze d'New Joisey accent).
    We cannot envy anyone or anything.
    God's Rules.
    tok2jesus, dude.
    Im just a prophet.