A week or so before this year’s Toy Fair, images started popping up over the internet showing much-debated images of Bandai’s ThunderCats toys. Once the photos had been leaked, toy collector forums instantly lit up as everyone weighed in on the highly anticipated new figures. Of course, everyone was excited at first, but then the naysayers began chiming in. Granted, Bandai America isn’t known for their collector figures, and generally cater more to the younger audience when it comes to play factor. Hell, even we were starting to become skeptical as the show drew closer. However, let us tell you that these ThunderCats toys are the real deal! Literally every single figure, regardless of scale, had us yearning to pose them. It took every drop of our meager willpower just to keep our hands off the display. Hal Jordan would be proud!
So, you guys sick of ThunderCats news yet? Well, stick with it a little longer; because, as the road to Toy Fair draws ever closer to its end, the internet is awash in rumors, fuzzy photographs, and passionate diatribes. Yes indeed, we toy collectors are can be just as obsessed about blurred photos as the most discerning of pornography connoisseurs; especially if beloved 1980s properties are involved. Of course, our rampant addiction to the sweet plastic gets fed on an almost daily basis lately, with today’s dealer being Warner Bros.They sent MTV Geek some concrete info AND hi-res photos from various Thundercats merchandising lines. We’ve brought you most of them already in earlier posts, so we’re just gonna cover a couple of the new ones. It doesn’t hurt that these newest images are some that we’re most excited about!
I'm sure all ThunderCats fans out there remember that fuzzy anthropomorphic...somewhat slightly annoying...character Snarf. Well, the ThunderCats reboot is featuring a brand new Snarf, and he looks a bit more Pokemon and kawaii than we first remembered:
Now compare this tantalizing image from the packaging of the upcoming ThunderCats toy "Thunder Tank" to the original Snarf from the first animated series:
What do you think? Is it an improvement? Or too adorable to stand?
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Cats are well known for being stealthy, and wouldn’t you know it, these new ThunderCats images from Bandai have snuck their way out onto the Internet! Sure, we’ve all seen the blurry pirated photos from the London Toy Fair, but these pics are the real f’n deal! Lion-O and Cheetara look to match up quite well with the released images from the upcoming ThunderCats Animated Series, but are just a small portion of the proposed releases from the animated and collector-based lines; however, we here at MTV Geek are happy to be bringing them to you. Let’s break em down, shall we?
This is the main Cat himself, Lion-O. He’s represented here in his 4” (possibly 3 ¾”) version and looks to be equipped with the Sword of Omens… and a huge shoulderpad. While this is probably still a prototype, we doubt it’s too far off from the production pieces as far as sculpt and paint. We’ll reserve judgment until we see him in person, but these put us in the mindset of Mattel’s DC Infinite Heroes… which aren’t bad, but are far from the likes of other 3 ¾” figures like G.I. JOE or Star Wars.