Anderson Entertainment launches Thunderbirds Tracy Island Make Competition

Anderson Entertainment is launching a Thunderbirds ‘Tracy Island Make’ competition to give fans young and old the opportunity to create something F.A.B during the global COVID-19 social distancing and lockdown measures. Inspired by the famous Blue Peter Thunderbirds Tracy Island Make of the 1990s and early 2000s, we want you to build and make your very own Tracy Island out of household items, materials, and rubbish.

You could win £250 of goodies from the Gerry Anderson Store, with prizes for five runners up too! Entries will be judged by Anderson Entertainment and special guest judge  – Anthea Turner! Build your own Tracy Island and enter the competition throughout May. Winners will be announced in early June!

Anthea Turner with her Tracy Island Make
Celebrity guest judge Anthea Turner will be helping us make the final decision

How to Enter the Tracy Island Make competition

Use the instructions, or just go wild and be creative to create your very own Tracy Island during May. Build your island and enter using one (or both) of the following methods:

  1. Email photos or videos of your make to tracyislandmake [at]
  2. Post photos or video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #tracyislandmake
  • Make sure your entry includes:
    • At least one photo of the island
    • At least one photo of the person or team that built it (ideally with the island model)
    • The names of those who built it

Entries close at 5pm (BST) on 31st May 2020.

Materials List

Thunderbirds Tracy Island Make instructionsClick the image to download the instructions. According to the original plans, you’ll need the following, although substitutions may be necessary – and are encouraged!

  •  Grocery carton
  • Cereal pack cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Kitchen foil
  • PVA glue
  • Soap powder packet (1 litre / 16 x 23cm)
  • Oblong cheese box
  • Paper bowl
  • Washin-up liquid bottle
  • Potato crisp tube (6.5cm diameter)
  • Small adhesive labels
  • Blue and grey pens
  • 75mm plant pot saucer
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 medium and 1 small matchboxes
  • Sponge
  • Drinking straw
  • Corrugated paper
  • Brass paper fastener
  • Blue card
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Brown and green crepe paper
  • Green, brown and grey paint
  • Sawdust

Many household products (particularly washing up liquid) are no longer widely available in the same shaped containers as they were in the 1990s and early 2000s, so you may have to get creative!

Judging Criteria

Our expert judges, including the legendary Anthea Turner, will be looking at the following criteria:

  • Creativity – Did you take any creative steps away from the original plans to come up with a Tracy Island that was even more FAB than the original?
  • Use of materials – what materials did you use? How effective were they in creating the final structure and look?
  • Finish – Final paint or other effects, and how they come together to create the finished look.
  • Age of maker(s) – make sure you let us know the ages of who made the Tracy Island

Please note that you can create a brand new Tracy Island, or new International Rescue base of any kind if you’d rather! We welcome creativity from makers and look forward to seeing every entry – from the classic Tracy Island look through to other creative solutions and designs.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over, and those under 18 when entered by a guardian aged 18 or over.

All images and video used within any entry must be owned by the person entering the competition, and by entering you give Anderson Entertainment (the Promoter) the perpetual rights to use those images and video for promotional and marketing purposes.

Each participant can only enter once during May 2020 (the Promotion Period).

Entrants must send an email to tracyislandmake [at] and/or publicly post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the required hashtage to officially enter the the competition.

No purchase necessary. The competition will be open from 9.00am (BST) on 1/5/2020 to 5:00pm 31/5/2020 (the “Promotion Period”). Any entries outside of the Promotion Period will not be counted.

One overall competition winner with five runners up will be chosen by a judge from Anderson Entertainment.

The decision of the Promoter in relation to the Promotion is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

No information regarding entries or judging will be disclosed to any third party not involved in the conduct of the Promotion.

The prize is not transferable, re-saleable or exchangeable. There is no cash alternative.

The promoter reserves the right to substitute any of the prize products subject to availability.

All prize winners will be contacted via email, or direct message. Please make sure you are contactable via your social media account if posting there.

Winners must respond to notification of their prize within 48 hours otherwise the right to claim the prize will be lost and the promoter reserves the right to re-award the prize(s).

Winners will be announced by 15/06/2020.

No incomplete or corrupted entries will be accepted. Any entries not in accordance with the entry instructions will be rejected. Any entries containing offensive or inappropriate content will be deleted. The Promoter reserves the right to reject entries that it deems to be fraudulent or misleading in any way.

By entering participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the rules. All entry instructions form part of these Terms and Conditions.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoters reserve the right to offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

The Promoter reserves the right to amend, alter or terminate this promotion at any time due to circumstances beyond its control.

The Promoter’s decision is final and binding in all matters relating to the promotion.

The Promoter can accept no responsibility for, and reserves the right to refuse, entries which are corrupt, incomplete or fail to arrive by the closing date.

These rules are governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

Promoter & Data Controller: Anderson Entertainment Ltd

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