AFi #THUNDERCATS EXCLUSIVE – The Bandai “LOST YEAR” – Sneak Preview – Day 0
May 27, 2016

We have a special week planned for you all of you AFi readers next week… it’s a little later than I had originally planned, but better late than never!   I wanted to post this scoop last month as part of our 11th anniversary, but there was so much other news and reveals that week and there was a LOT of information to compile for this I had to push it out.  It’s here now and it’s a scoop SO big that we are going to make it a week long event here on AFi.   Starting on Monday 5/30 we launch THUNDERWEEK!  To whet your appetite here’s a special sneak peek:

It’s not uncommon that when a line ends we get to see or hear about a figure or two that was scheduled to be next in the line, maybe if we are REALLY lucky we even  learn about a full wave “lost” wave.  Next week here on ActionFigureInsider have the motherload of a scoop!  We are going to reveal an entire YEAR of “lost” product that was never made!

This is the “Lost Year” of Bandai’s Thundercats line, the 2012 expansion to their 2011 Thundercats releaunch and all the product planned and even sculpted, but never came to be.

We will have a LOT more information about the history of the line and what happened to it next week, but I wanted to give you all a little teaser of what’s to come.



Today we are showing you the second wave of the 4″  deluxe action figures.   Wave One of the deluxe figures, released in 2011, consisted of Lion-O, Panthro and Tygra.  They all had an action feature that was part of the ThunderLynx Magnet Activation System.

Wave 2 would have followed a similar format with a deluxe Cheetara and the updated version of Driller.



Deluxe Cheetara would feature the same ThunderLynx technology as the first wave.  She would come with a base that would activate her action feature of her spinning staff.

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You might recall the evil driller looking like this from wave 3 of the vintage JLN line.


Image from The Action Figure Archive

In the new animated series he got a MUCH cooler, updated look:


That would have made for a really amazing update for a figure as well, and that’s what we would have seen in the second wave.

This figure would have had a spinning drill action as well as transforming from drill mode to Driller himself.  He also would come with a stand so you could display him upright.

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That’s just a little tease of what you will see here next week.   We have a YEAR’S worth of product to reveal, including roleplay items, figures in multiple scales, figures from the 2011 animated series, vehicles, playsets and more figures based on the Classic Thundercats!

So check back with us here at AFi starting Monday as we kick off AFi’s THUNDERWEEK!!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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  • demoncat_4 says:

    playsets for the new line aka maybe an updated cats lair or mumras tomb. can’t wait for the reveal.

  • DanMilan says:

    man i loved this short lived come back, have all the figs and vehicles so looking forward to seeing what else i could of had!

  • Scott says:

    Pass. I loathed the 2011 show. Tried to like it but it lost almost everything I loved about the original. Keep the Classics stuff coming. I still need me a 6 inch classic Cheetara! For innocent reasons.

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