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A Nice, Clear Look At THUNDERCATS Figures (From Cartoon Network's New Series, As Well As 'Classic')...


Merrick here...

Over the past few weeks, we've been covering Cartoon Network's impending THUNDERCATS revamp (HERE and HERE, for example).  

Some of this coverage incorporated stills from Bandai's forthcoming toy line based upon the series - but much of what we saw were crude vids and hastily nabbed snapshots from the recent New York Toy Fair.  

Now we have some much clearer product images to share with you - which give you a very nice sense of the characters' tweaked designs and the toys' level of detailing.  

Here are some 4" figures from the new series' line... (top to bottom) Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, and Cheetara.  






Per Bandai...

  • Each of the 4” figures comes with a weapon and/or accessory that is unique to each character.
  • All 4” figures include an embedded magnet in the figure for interaction with multiple SKUs across the line, activating unique features.

A closer look at the series' iconic Swords of Omens, which ...includes lights and sounds with an extendable blade!





Some shots of the new Thundertank...note Snarf peeking out of the cockpit (or whatever you call the little drivey place in a tank) .  Bandai says...

  • The ThunderTank comes with a 4” scaled Snarf figure, designed to activate the magnetic “ThunderCats, Hooo!” sound effects.
  • Launch the Bikes with a simple push of a button.
  • The new 2011 4” figures can ride inside and unlock special ThunderTank features.








Finally, some 8" 'classic' figures, based on the progenitor series from the 80s, will also be released.  Here's a look at 'classic' Lion-O and Tygra.  Pretty nice...





Stay tuned for more as the show approaches its debut....


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  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    The classic's still look better

    by UGG

    or maybe it's just because of the gay stances they put the new one's in.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Hope Studio 4C delivers...

    by Johnno

    Though I thnik a CG Thundercats using Avatar per-cap would be cooler...

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Sword of Omens will be mine!

    by Skulboy

    I will absolutely have to have this. Cue eye roll when my wife sees me walk in the door with it.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Hope the revamp is good

    by Jeremy Davis

    I hope that since they're doing a revamp that they start to show old episodes again.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    How creepy.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Lion-O looks like a mime.

    by UGG

    Panthro is about to offer to jack someone off Tygra stand's like C3-PO and Cheetara look's like Neytiri.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Who dropped Green Slime on Cheetara's head?



  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    cheetara FAIL. The one T-cats rule- make cheetara hot.


    so typical. what is wrong with people these days.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    What kind of weapon does Tygra have?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Tube sword?

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by yanosmannfred

    So she looks like an emo w/too much hair gel. Though I do like Panthro, that "grizzled veteran" look is much how I always thought of him, though IDK about all the big scars. His coolest thing was that despite being this really big guy he was really fast and agile and could evade with the best of'em. Ah well, looking forward to it either way, should at least be worth a laugh.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    New Thundertank...

    by Scalvador

    Fucking sucks.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The grandpa on Cosby was Panthro

    by bah

    It's true.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I can see it on the box now: 'Panthro'

    by Smack_Teddy

    comes with:<p> > tiny claw accessory <p> > fist that can jack of a baby or small toddler!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Classic cartoon and toys looked better

    by Nasty_Nick

    These look like deformed versions of what we had growing up. I really loved that the figures eyes could even light up.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Why don't we have people-shaped spacecraft?

    by bah

    Or at least ape-shaped ones?

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Okay I see the movie has been scrapped

    by Pigdog

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Why the Thundercats love? I don't get the appeal.

    by Royston Lodge

    Even as a kid, I never got the appeal of the Thundercats. Would someone please explain?

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Same ol Tundercats...different wrapper.

    by Gumbo1

    Not much of a leap on the designs. Why not put efforts, and funding, into a new original series instead of rehash of old crap.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11 a.m. CST


    by my liege

    Do kids even buy action figures? I thought it was all about Facetubes and You Space these days.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    More "re-imagining" crappiness

    by elsachmo

    I'm all for an update, but the new designs suck.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    I want them to continue work on that Thundercats movie. Looked good!

    by moonlightdrive

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I'm sick of the anime stylized thing...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...but the kids seem to like it, and that's why they're doing this.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Still looks like Avatar to me

    by _Venkman

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Forget Thundercats where's Silverhawks??

    by Triceratops on Fire

    Bring back the Sliverhawks! Heck, let's do it live acation! We can borrow the god/goddess costumes from the new Clash of the Titans...

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Why is Lion-O a femmy 12-year-old?

    by Jaster

    FUCK ANIME! They always make men look like faggot teenagers. What's the fucking DEAL with that shit?

  • Feb. 22, 2011, noon CST

    The names always bothered me

    by silentjay

    If the last four, well, the last few remaining anyway, of an entire species of being are named, Lion-O, Cheetarah, Tigra and Panthro, doesn't that kind of limit the names of the rest of the demographic? I mean, did every Tiger family member have a name that deviated from Tiger? And so on ... Kind of a big coincidence, right?

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I want The Blue Falcon!

    by Jaster

    Not too interested in Dynomutt, but The Blue Falcon was badass!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by WriteForTheEdit

    Where's the porn parody? Kind of cries out for it, yes? Look, my "Sword of Womens" includes lights and sounds with an extendable, um, "blade!"

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    It's funny to think that HE-MAN wouldn't exist..

    by Monroville

    If it wasn't for CONAN THE BARBARIAN. You probably already know this, but He-Man was supposed to have brown hair, as the original action figure was for the new CONAN movie. <p> But being that CONAN was hard R (with plenty of boobs and blood), Mattel (or Hasbro) didn't think it would be a good seller to have toys based on an R-rated movie. <p> Being that they didn't want to scrap the entire production of toys, they simply colored the hair to yellow, came up with a more STAR WARS back story, and WALA! The first animated commerical was created. <p> On a side note, I can't really complain that much about the new THUNDERCAT designs... I rather like them (Panthro looks a lot like Jet Black from COWBOY BEBOP). It may be a different story once we see them in action, but frankly I never cared for THUNDERCATS to begin with (though the title sequence I always thought was pretty cool in an american anime sort of way), though that fake fan-made trailer on Youtube would be a movie I would pay money to see...

  • Just sayin'.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I had no idea bah..had to look it up myself :)

    by MRJONZ72

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Panthro's fists

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    What did Bandai do there exactly, take the arms off of McFarlane's first figure of The Creech? I don't ever remember Panthro having fists the size of compact cars. That new line looks like complete shit. The classics though dwarf them in comparison (although Tygra gimpy right hand looks seriously fucked up compared to his left).

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Is Tygra based on Paulie from The Sopranos?

    by steve

    Just sayin'

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Will new Snarf still make me want to kill myself?

    by steve

    Just sayin'

  • Just sayin'

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Somebody painted Hellboy blue

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    New Panthro is terrible.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    And is it just me

    by Monroville

    Or does the original Lion-O look like he could be related to Ronald McDonald? <p> Here are some concept images from the failed film: <p> <p> <p> Also, I never realized it until I saw the opening title sequence on Youtube right now ( that the animation was done by the same people who did THE LAST UNICORN and THE HOBBIT made-for-TV films (Rankin and Bass I believe?).

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Thundercats discover roids on Third Earth.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks


  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Rankin Bass did a ton of holiday cartoons

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    including Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and practically every Santa tv special known to mankind.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    They're all wearing guyliner.

    by Royston Lodge

    This is truly a disturbing universe.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Cheetara used to look hotter

    by Axl Z

    What was that episode where Mum-Ra tied her to a machine that would pull her arms and legs off? or did I dream of that?

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Thundertank's not nearly as cool as the original

    by biscuithead

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    fucking ugly style... i'm sick of the manga look. so ugly and lazy.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    cowboy bebop

    by DrrrL

    looks like someone copy and pasted cowboy bebop character designs and gave them shittier weapons. Esp. Jet...panthro

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Safari Joe does it again...

    by Mr Soze

    Was everybody mounting Cheetara???

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is this shit?

    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

    First - look at the classic Lion-0 - he looked like a fucking MAN (ok, maybe a flamingly gay man but still) at least there was no doubt that he was a MAN, and NOT A CHILD. Now, look at the new Lion-0 - "he" has a face like a gender-ambiguous child. Looks about as menacing as a tellytubby.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Why is Panthro holding a backscratcher?

    by Jaster

    Just sayin'.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Or is that a dildo for fisting?

    by Jaster

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    come on y'all give em a chance!

    by baronweazle

    I used to love the thundercats as well. But like transformers and mask, it's better to just keep the memory intact, instead of actually rewatching the old shows. Moreover studio 4c has done some of the best anime out there. Anyone for example seen Tekkonkinkreet? If you haven't, watch it now! One of the best anime's ever!!!(directed by Michael Arias, an american guy who once went to japan for a job and never left. He was crucial in making the animatrix as well)

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Never got into Thundercats

    by SithMenace

    Transformers was my thing, but I grew out of that when I was 12.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    You guys should do a regular toy column

    by SithMenace

    I'm not a collector at all, but I have to admit it's really cool going into the store and seeing the vintage Star Wars line complete with Kenner logo. Brings back memories of huge walls of SW action figures everywhere from the 5 and dime to the grocery store.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The cost of action figures are fucking stupid!

    by alienindisguise

    I mean Star Wars figures costing between 8 and 10 bucks??..FUCK YOU TOY COMPANIES!!! I may just take a piss in my local toy aisles to make a point.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Jaster


  • Now THAT would be truely epic. This ain't gettin' it done at all.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see Mel Gibson as a pirate!

    by Jaster

    I can totally picture him slobbering drunk, stumbling around bitching about the jews and demanding blowjobs.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    But there were lotsa Jewish pirates, back in the day!

    by Royston Lodge

    So, like, a pirate Mel Gibson would be really conflicted.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    My interest is mostly in 4˚C.

    by blackwood

    They've done some incredible work (including the aforementioned TEKKONKINKREET, which I still think has the best animation... ever). I'd like to see it in motion. I remember THUNDERCATS from back when I was wee -- I loved it. I had Lion-O and Mum-Ra and both had light-up eyes. I used to put them in with my He-Man stuff, but they were larger, so it was weird.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Lion-O, aka LINK

    by D.Vader

    Panthro, aka JETT.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Snarf is now a Pokemon

    by D.Vader

    That's an improvement.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    the proportions seem off

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    but overall I think they are an improvement. Certainly digging the new tank and Panthro's mutton chops

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    really original japanese looking shit.

    by kanye west

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Anime style designs suck

    by Nico Toscani

    The original designs are still the best. I'll be glad when the need for American cartoons to look like anime is over.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by crazybubba

    don't have anything against the anime look but let American cartoons look American. Please!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Well they sure gayed that up.

    by Boiiinng

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    smack smack smack...

    by MagicJesus

    cat piss...

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    they gayed your Mum up?

    by Smack_Teddy

    sorry about that

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    your Dad pissed on your Mum?

    by Smack_Teddy

    sorry about that

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    New Toys > Old Toys

    by NeonFrisbee

    These look really great. Most toys today look really nice; much better than the stiff lookin' things we had growing up.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Umm, The Original Thundercats Was Technically Anime Too

    by NeonFrisbee

    As was the Transformers and GI Joe. They were on the cheap side, of course, not the best examples of anime, but they *were* made in Japan. So railing againse these new, more anime designs is kindof, well, stupid. Oh, and they look WAY better than the original designs. Sorry.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I would agree in part with you Fris...

    by micturatingbenjamin

    But, the no shoes thing on Lion-O makes them less Anthro and more Furry. But that's just my own thing about animals without clothes are animals. Or without proper attire for their biological setup. If it has fingers, it needs a shirt, if it has toes it needs shoes and pants. That's why Goofy gets a fucking car and a house, and Pluto lives outside with no nuts. MB

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by micturatingbenjamin

    And why's the black guy gotta be Panthro?! Might as well call the brother Neeg-Ro. SHheeeeeeeeeeeeeit.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by Wookie_1995

    like he-man the orginal at least the new look is not as homo...fucking anime