Thunderbirds are GO! Board Game Kickstarter Launches for 50th Anniversary of 60’s Children’s Program

If there’s one thing watching old reruns of Thunderbirds! has taught me, its every house needs an underground hanger. Or a submarine pen. Preferably both. If you’ve ever wanted to help the Tracy clan in their ongoing secret mission to save human life wherever they can, Matt Leacock has designed the co-op board game for you.

Racing to the rescue from a secret island base beneath the luxurious home of the Tracy family somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean, International Rescue defies government spies and criminals who want the secrets of their incredible machines for their own. To combat this threat, Lady Penelope, International Rescue’s aristocratic English secret agent, and her chauffeur Parker lead a network of agents to uncover those behind the disasters caused by deliberate sabotage.

A criminal mastermind known as “the Hood”, operating from a temple deep in the Malaysian jungle and in possession of strange powers, often engineers events to allow him to spy on the Thunderbird machines with the goal of selling their secrets to the highest bidder.

Is there interest? With 31 days to go in the campaign, the Thunderbirds! Co-operative Board Game has raised £88,086 out of the original £20,000  goal. Part of it might be renewed interest in the classic show. Part of it might be people’s confidence in Matt Leacock’s ability to create an amazing co-op experience. Finally, just a little probably has to do with the glorious 3D plastic miniatures of each Thunderbirds vehicle.


Watching the show, it is evident the stories are more about the vehicles than the people they are saving…so its quite faithful to the original material that so much attention be spent making these models look good. With so many stretch goals unlocked, the game will have not just the Thunderbirds, but models based on each of the pod vehicles (originally just cards), the Ladybird, FAB 2, and even secret Tracy Island itself.

The project is definitely “Go!” with a full production run scheduled and multitudes of shipping options provided for almost every corner of the globe (sorry, Antarctica). And if you don’t want to fund the Kickstarter, this thing is coming to retail too.

The Thunderbirds the Co-operative Board Game will then ship in August 2015 and be released in retail in September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cult TV show. The game will feature the detailed plastic models of the iconic Thunderbirds machines and a high octane world full of disasters for players to come to the rescue. You can expect the usual high quality design and components that fans of games produced by Matt Leacock and Modiphius have come to expect.

Check out the full Kickstarter here. See the BGG link here. Or read a great interview with Matt Leacock from The Boarding Kennel here.