Thursday October 19th 2017

Thundercats Are Loose … Again! (and it’s about time)

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There seems to be a lot of talk about Thundercats lately. A new animation series is allegedly planned for 2011 on Cartoon Network with the hopes of testing fandom support for a live action movie rumored for the near future (although the only thing we have so far is this awesomely made fan clip we have in our Nerd TV & Media section).

With all the recent buzz and renewed interest, the powers that be are finally looking at this series well … seriously.

It seems two companies have taken the first jump into the license to create the characters of the series: Icon Heroes and Hard Hero.

The recent batch available now includes 2 versions of Lion-O (Lord of the Thundercats! – admit it – I know you said that in your head): a Hard Hero Lion-O Thundercats Statue and an Icon Heroes Lion-O Thundercats Statue.

Also included in the mix is a Thundercats: Cheetara Statue, and a Thundercats: Mumm-Ra (The EVER LIVING!!! MUAH HAHAHAH) Statue available January 5th, 2011.

Coming soon, but not yet available, will be Tygra, Jackalman, and surprisingly Ben Gali.

Strangely no word yet on other key characters like Jaga, Panthro, the other Mutants of Plun-Darr (Vultureman, Slithe) or latter favorites like Pumyra, Lynx-O, Hachiman or the Lunataks.

If you are looking for Wiley Kit, Wiley Kat, Snarf, or Snarfer…you’ve come to the wrong site.

The only unfortunate thing is that these characters are coming in different sizes, so if you were hoping to have a set of connecting statues, you may have to wait a bit longer.

For many, Thundercats was their first dive into Anime styled cartoons and storylines. It originally aired from 1985-1990 and followed the adventures of a band of survivors from the planet Thundera whose primary protection was the Eye of Thundera (which looks strangely like the LOTR Eye of Suaron), encased in the Sword of Omens. The storyline was not hard to follow and offered viewers nicely drawn battles, evolving character arcs, a touch of sci fi, but a lot of unfortunate campy dialogue.

Still, this was one of my favorite cartoons back in the day, outside of Dungeons & Dragons: The Animated Series. Oh memories.

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