As I expected, the positive response to the SPV series of articles has been great. Theres still more to come, though but meanwhile I thought we could look at some of the more recent models which became available after the original series was broadcast on terrestrial tv a few years back. In contrast to some of the more ambitious models shown here, Woodstock sent me a shot of the tiny gaming piece from Peter Pan Playthings set (above).
From tiny acorns, we have the much larger Impact International radio controlled SPV, a real beast of a toy, from Terrys collection. Unfortunately, during the photoshoot, Mysteron agents had apparently sabotaged the toy as when Terry inadventantly operated the door release, the entire door and chair assembly blasted across the room taking the good Captain along with it, breaking off the retaining lug as it did so!
Terry reports that an SPC was also in development from the same company, but again Mysteron interference meant that it was never produced. Impact also made various R/C Thunderbird toys. one of which I have in my collection, the large TB2 movie version, again like the SPV, certain design aspects such as the large wheels have to reflect the mechanism being used to move the craft.
Another recent (and expensive) model, which appeals more to collectors, is the Product Enterprise model from their Anderson range. The box states that it is suitable for 14+ and Terry suggests this is predominately because of the fine brass aerials on the rear of the vehicle. The model is very exacting in its detail, being authentically weathered and very true to the TV version.
Then to lead us back to the toy end of the SPV range, we have Vivid Imaginations SPV Electronic Combat Set again released around 2001. The SPV featured 5 spoken phrases related to rescuing Destiny Angel after her making a forced landing. The plastic missiles are like torpedoes and a direct hit on the front of the Frost Protection Snow Cat has it exploding into pieces.
Arto, a fellow Scarlet enthusiast sent me a shot of his carded clockwork Bandai SPV, which features the same artwork as the later friction version, but also boasts a fine pendant with an insignia that serves as a winder for the clockwork motor. Bandai also released the other Scarlet vehicles in this range too.