Well, the toys are actually pretty decent. The supersize Thunderbird 3 is huge! You can get little tiny diecast toys on stands from places like The Entertainer, they're only a few pounds. I even got a TB 4 from Japan, bizarrely, as I couldn't find one in the local store. Came in a little cardboard box, almost like a Matchbox toy. Wasn't terribly expensive, happily. I believe there are more expensive but more detailed original series models available from Japanese companies if you have a hunt around.
Oh, and yes, I saw a bit of that Europa mission. Absolutely brilliant that, what better way to teach kids about the solar system than to have Thunderbird 4 deployed to an ocean that's not on Earth! Really clever writing. Didn't know why Europa was involved in the first place though?! I hope they get another season, there's clearly a lot of Anderson fans helping with the series and it's right up there in terms of quality kids shows. All good stuff.
Oh, and also, it's just occurred to me that I think Thunderbird 4 does have torpedoes in the modern version - I seem to remember a rogue gravitational wave generator which, bizarrely, Thunderbird 4 took out while dangling from a rope from Thunderbird 2 due to the pressures involved! it involved Brains having a love interest too!
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