Issue one, on sale today, is the first of a four-weekly magazine priced at £3.99 and aimed at children aged six to 12. Each issue of the magazine contains epic missions, mega make-its, jokes, comic adventures, Brains’ coolest gadgets and a Thunderbirds Are Go branded gift.
Head of Children’s Publishing, Maria Welch, said, “Thunderbirds is an iconic British brand and we're delighted to have secured the magazine publishing rights for the new series Thunderbirds Are Go.
“DC Thomson has a proven track record for successful magazine publishing and our vast experience in the children’s market is backed by commitment, enthusiasm and passion for providing fun, age-appropriate content. We are completely confident that we will deliver the most F.A.B magazine ever.”
DC Thomson’s licensed titles in the children’s magazine market include WWE Kids and The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag. The publishing arm of DC Thomson is continually looking at innovation opportunities and Thunderbirds Are Go is a major new launch for the company.
Alongside the magazine, DC Thomson also secured publishing rights for the annual which is now on sale. The annual gives readers the chance to check out Thunderbirds vehicle specs, explore Tracy Island and complete important missions.
“We’re delighted to have DC Thomson as our partner for Thunderbirds Are Go magazine and annual” adds Trudi Hayward, SVP Head of Global Merchandise at ITVS GE. “Their unwavering dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the Thunderbirds Are Go brand is reflected in the excellent quality of products they’ve developed.
“DC Thomson has successfully brought the show’s key themes of action and adventure to life on the printed page, giving the show’s fan-base a fun and interesting way to engage with the series beyond its broadcast.”
In the year that Thunderbirds turns 50, ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures have re-invented the hit show which sees the Tracy brothers piloting their incredible International Rescue vehicles around the world to save people in need, from their hidden island base in the South Pacific. New episodes will air this Autumn on CITV and ITV. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is the international distributor and licensor.