ThunderCats fans, hooooo! At this year’s New York Toy Fair, CBR News got a close look at new toys for the soon-to-be-revived beloved ’80s franchise.
Japanese toys and video games company Bandai will be producing the figures and toys for the new Warner Bros. animated series set to debut this year on Cartoon Network. The primary, four-inch line features the franchise staples in their new anime-style look, including Lion-O, Panthro, Tygra, Cheetara and Mumm-Ra. The series’ animators at Studio 4Â°C (“The Animatrix,” “Batman: Gotham Knight”) are working closely with Bandai to create the toys.
Each figure from the new ThunderCats series has 12 points of articulation and comes with an implanted magnet, which activates features built into vehicles and playsets across the line. The basic figures will retail for $7.99 each; the deluxe figures will cost $12.99 and include a base with magnet-activated features.
At $29.99, the Deluxe ThunderTank vehicle has sound effects when activated by the magnet and includes a four-inch-scale Snarf figure. The Tower of Omens Deluxe Playset, based on the design of the original series’ Cat’s Lair playset, will retail for $39.99.
In addition to the four-inch figures, the new ThunderCats animated series will have six-inch Collector Figures with 16 points of articulation for $14.99 each; Lion-O, Panthro and Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living were shown.
Bandai is also releasing Collector Figures of classic ThunderCats characters as they appeared in the original series. These figures are in the eight-inch scale with 16 points of articulation and will cost $16.99 each. Only Lion-O and Tygra were on display, but a representative for Bandai stated that there are plans to roll out additional characters in their classic looks.
Roleplay items will also be available, such as Lion-O’s Claw Shield for $9.99 and a Deluxe Sword of Omens for $19.99. The Sword includes lights, sounds and an extendable blade.
For those wanting something a little bigger, Mezco Toyz is producing a “Mega-Scale” Lion-O based on the original cartoon series character design. Touted as the largest ThunderCat action figure ever made, the rotocast figure measures over 20 inches tall and wields a removable Sword of Omens accessory. The detailed piece has seven points of articulation and will sell for $39.99. Mezco also promised more characters produced at this scale, due in late 2011 or early 2012.
Collectors and kids alike will be able to get their hands on Bandai’s toys this Fall, while Mezco’s Mega-Scale Lion-O will be on store shelves in July.
Check out more pics of the ThunderCats toys below, and the rest of CBR’s Toy Fair photos here.