AFi #THUNDERWEEK #THUNDERCATS EXCLUSIVE – Bandai “The Lost Year” Day 4
June 8, 2016

Welcome back to Thunderweek on AFi.   Thank you all for your patience with me having to split up the reveals.

We are looking at Bandai’s canceled second year of Thundercats products that would have been released in 2012 had the animated series gone forward with a second season.

If you missed any of the previous installments you can go back and check out the Day 0 Preview, the Day 1 reveals the Day 2 reveals  and the Day 3 reveals.   This will also help you get caught up with the story of what happened and why the line was canceled.

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Bandai America had a 3 year plan for new and classic Thundercats collector items – figures, vehicles, role play and some die cast. A lot of that plan was pitched and a lot of it was approved in concept, but some Bandai top corporate execs missed the whole collector appeal of the line and when the show got canceled so did the team’s prospects of continuing it as a collector only line.   We will discuss the year 3/2013 plans tomorrow.
Today we are going to look at ThunderCats Classics.  When Bandai America picked up the license for ThunderCats they didn’t just get the rights to the new show they also had access to the classic animated series from the 80’s.   When Bandai first launched the ThunderCats Classic like they launched it with Lion-O as a line of super-articulated 8″ collector figures.  This was a strange scale and was upsetting to many fans who wanted their ThunderCats to work alongside the 6″ Masters of the Universe Classics line from Mattel.   They released Lion-O (SDCC Exclusive and regular) and Tygra.   The line sputtered a bit because of the scale and Bandai re-evaluated the scale to be more in-line with the 6″ versions of the modern animation.
The line relaunced as a 6″ line with a Lion-O and Mumm-Ra as well as a Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2012 Exclusive of Lion-O in red armor.   The red armor Lion-O was based on a specific episode of the animated series that was actually Mumm-Ra in disguise. As mentioned last week there were plans to fast track Cheetara as the 2012 San Diego Comic Con exclusive, and now for the first time we get to reveal what would have been wave 2 of the 6″ Classics collector figures:

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Just a reminder-  These images are of unreleased Bandai ThunderCats Classics figures and have NOTHING to do with the upcoming Mattel ThunderCats Classics action figure line sculpted by the Four Horsemen.

TYGRA – Lion-O’s second in command, Tygra, would have been a super articulated collector figure based on a similar buck as the Lion-O figure.  He would have come with 2 pairs of hands and his bolo-whip.

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PANTHRO – the mighty Panthro was a new sculpt based on a larger buck as he is a bigger character.  He would have come with 2 pairs of hands as well as his cat-paw fighting sticks.

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Come back tomorrow for the final reveals in our week-long exclusive feature on the “Lost Year” of Bandai Thundercats products on 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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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4 Comments »

  • Scott says:

    Looks cool but why do all three 6″ inch ThunderCats look so pissed off?

    And Mumm-Ra just seemed very unfinished (I had to do a fair bit of work on my one including making a cape).

    If Matty hadn’t got the TCats license in the past year then I would be looking at these wishing Bandai would release them but I’m much happier with what I’ve seen from Matty so far

  • si3ge says:

    but Tygra WAS released! hes on my wall right now actually

  • demoncat_4 says:

    interesting surprised they did not just release them in six inch scale to begin with might have had a better chance of at least cheetara and tigra getting released but some things even in the toy world wind up never seeing the light of day

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