AFi #THUNDERWEEK #THUNDERCATS EXCLUSIVE – Bandai “The Lost Year” Finale!
June 17, 2016

Today we wrap up our Thunderweek reveals of Bandai’s “lost year” of ThunderCats product.  For our final installment we will look at what would have been the next/last wave of basic 4″ figures.

If you are just joining us, former Bandai line manager, and old friend of AFi, Amanda W was gracious enough to pass along the proposed 2012 line of Bandai’s ThunderCats action figure line.   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, the Day 3 reveals, the Day 4 reveals and the Day 5 reveals.  This will also help you get caught up with the story of what happened and why the line was canceled.

Before we get to the last entry in THUNDERWEEK I have to once again say a HUGE “thank you” to Amanda W for allowing us to post this.  Without her sharing this information the news of all of these great figures, vehicles, playsets and role-play items would be lost to toy history.

 

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On this last day of Thunderweek we will look at the basic 4″ action figure line.  The 4″ line was the main thread of the line.  These are the figures that all of the playsets and vehicles supported.

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The line up for this wave of figures was to have been:

Tygra (second outfit) – This is the costume that Tygra wore in the first two episodes of the show.  His first figure reflects the outfit he wore for the majority of the season.

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Translucent Cheetara – With the other vehicles we would have gotten most of the team in translucent plastic.   The Cheetarin the assortment would have rounded out that version of the team.

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Jaga – The old cleric that trained Cheetara and ultimately sacrificed himself to save the team.

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Kaynar – Another villain for the line and another of Mum-Ra’s generals.  Kaynar was the 2011 version of the ThunderCats Classics character Jackelman.

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And finally the 2-pack I think most folks were looking forward to- the Bearbils, specifically Ro-Bear Bill and Ro-Bear Beebo.

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There you have it.   Over these past 6 days we have shown you the “lost year” of Bandai’s ThunderCats line, the figures, the vehicles, the playsets, the role play items and more.    I hope you enjoyed this week of reveals.

But wait… there’s more….

I mentioned in an earlier post that Bandai had a 3 year plan for ThunderCats.   While there wasn’t any product created for 2013, Amanda was kind enough to send over the spreadsheet that showed the 2013 proposed line!

Let’s ride off into the sunset with a list of what was proposed for the 2013 line.

You know that plush Snarf that Mezco Toyz is doing next month as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive?  Well, Bandai had the idea first.  It’s on the list.

On the list there were 2 more figures listed for the tail end of 2012 that weren’t in the materials I had: Claudus and Lizardman.  They only name 3 figures for the basic 4″ line on this list, most likely they were waiting on the outline for the 3rd season and the new characters that would have been involved to fill it out, but the threethat were proposed were Vultureman, “Chase Figure” and a Classic Lion-O.  The other slots are the generically named place holders “Spring 13 Character” and “Fall 13 Character.”

There were plans for 2 more 2-packs of the 2″ stylized figures.   For Classics 2-packs it would have been: Jackleman & WilyKat and WilyKit & Jaga.  For Modern 2″ 2-packs it would have been: Lizzardman & Panthro V2, Lion-O & Berbil, Mumm-Ra V2 & Tygra V2 and Claudus & Lion-O V3.

Also on the list were a proposed line of 3″ Die-Cast Vehicles w/ base including: the ThunderTank, ThunderClaw, HoverCat, Mutant Fist Pounder and Mutant Nose Diver.

New Roleplay items would have included Tygras whip/gun, Cheetara’s staff and a Deluxe Claw Gauntlet.

There is a placeholder for a new playset in 2013 as well as 4 new vehicles (2 basic and 2 deluxe).

The bulk of the 2013 list was made up of new releases in the 6″ ThunderCats line both modern and Classic.   Had it lasted until 2013 we would have likely gotten:

MODERN: Lizardman, Tygra V2, Panthro V2, Mumm-Ra V2, Claudius and Jackalman.

CLASSICS: Jackalmen, Jaga and Snarf, Slithe, Claudius, Wilykit & WilyKat, VultureMan, Mumm-Ra Mummy and a SDCC 2013 figure.

As you can see, by Cartoon Network moving, hiding and then cancelling the show we missed out on a lot of really great product.  Now the work on the 2012 line has been revealed to the world and is no longer lost to the ages.

Thank you to everyone for following, sharing and reading THUNDERWEEK and again a BIG thank you to Amanda for sharing it with us!

THUNDERCATS, HOoooooooooo!

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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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5 Comments »

  • Huxtable says:

    First of all Thank You so much for these updates! This is so amazing to see what could have been, thanks again sir!

  • stevie says:

    The new Thundercats was really good… Great figures! Thanks for the really enjoyable feature on this

  • JPO says:

    It should be noted that that Tygra outfit was only in the first two premiere episodes. After that he wore armor. This isn’t a second outfit (it’s the first), and the change didn’t happen midseason.

  • Scott says:

    Hm nope. Don’t like any of these.
    The Classics stuff sounds like it would have been good if Bandai hadn’t screwed it up from the start. Hope Matty’s lasts a long time like their MotUC stuff has. Would love to see even secondary and recurring characters like Willa and Mandora get figures (they never did in the original line)

  • Jay says:

    Love this series, for me the art its incredible and story its better than the original thundercats, It’s sad that cartoon network and WB pushed it back, same for the toy line I have all the 4″ figures (also playsets) and Its a shame all these carachters never saw the light of day, we only can hope even after all these years that maybe we get the next seasons of this series, if not we can hope somebody with a 3d printer can make these carachters to complete our collections.

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