July 23, 2014

ThunderCats episode 16 “The Trials of Lion-O (Part Two)” preview clips!

Our friends from Warner Bros have sent over a couple of exciting preview clips from this Saturday’s new episode of ThunderCats, “The Trials of Lion-O (Part Two)”!

Airs Saturday, April 7
9:30 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network

The other cats remain trapped in Mumm-Ra’s Pyramid and, believing Lion-O is dead, attempt to escape to prevent Mumm-Ra from getting the Eye of Thundera out of the sword. Lion-O has two trials left: Panthro and Tygra, but he fails to defeat the latter. Pleading for a chance to save his friends, Jaga grants him life until sunrise to try and save his friends … and stop Mumm-Ra.

“ThunderCats” © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. “ThunderCats” and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros.

ThunderCats episode 16 “The Trials of Lion-O (Part Two)” preview images!

ThunderCats returns to Cartoon Network on Saturday 7th April at 9.30am with another brand new episode!

Our friends at Warner Bros. have sent over preview images taken from this Saturday’s new episode, “The Trials of Lion-O (Part Two)

The other cats remain trapped in Mumm-Ra’s Pyramid and, believing Lion-O is dead, attempt to escape to prevent Mumm-Ra from getting the Eye of Thundera out of the sword. Lion-O has two trials left: Panthro and Tygra, but he fails to defeat the latter. Pleading for a chance to save his friends, Jaga grants him life until sunrise to try and save his friends … and stop Mumm-Ra.

 

       

       

       

 

“ThunderCats” © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. “ThunderCats” and all related characters

and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros.

Mezco Panthro and Mumm-Ra figures unveiled at MTV Geek!

MTV Geek exclusive - Mezco Mumm-Ra and PanthroOur friends over at MTV Geek have unveiled another exciting ThunderCats exclusive – a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Mezco Toyz‘ Mumm-Ra and Panthro figures! Mumm-Ra had previously been glimpsed at San Diego Comic Con – however, this is the world’s first close-up look at Mezco’s rendition of the mighty ThunderCat engineer Panthro!

Click here to head over to MTV Geek and check out the rest of the photos…including a possible sneak peek at Mezco’s July SDCC exclusive!

Keep checking back to ThunderCats Lair for all your latest ThunderCat news!

ThunderCon returns in September 2012!

ThunderCon logo2011 was an exciting year for ThunderCats fans, not only with the release of a whole new toyline and animated series, but also for the world’s first ever ThunderCats convention, ThunderCon!

Running side-by-side with Power-Con, a convention dedicated to fans of Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power, ThunderCon proved to be a huge success amongst ThunderCats fans – so much so that the convention is returning, in September 2012!

Here’s the full press release concerning this year’s convention:
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THE POWER-CON / THUNDERCON CONVENTION RETURNS!
Experience the worlds of He-Man®, She-Ra™, and the ThunderCats™ 
brought together for one convention this September 2012!


January 20, 2012 – Three of the 1980s most blockbuster properties are once again joining forces for their second annual fan convention. POWER-CON / THUNDERCON 2012 — a celebration of Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power, and ThunderCats all together for one great fan convention.  

The convention is being presented at the Torrance Marriott South Bay Hotel in Torrance, California, on September 22nd and 23rd 2012. 

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxtr-torrance-marriott-south-bay/

Last year’s inaugural event was a hit with the fans of these properties, which presented two days worth of panels featuring talent that brought He-Man, She-Ra, and ThunderCats to life. “…the convention had a lot to offer fans. Panels focused on the big names in both Masters of the Universe and ThunderCats history,” said LAWeekly’s Liz Ohaneslan.

Power-Con / ThunderCon 2012 will be releasing more information soon including discounted room information, volunteer and exhibitor registration, ticket prices, guest lists, and detailed programming. What we can tell you now is the convention will once again be presenting an electrifying list of panels, an impressive exhibitor and collectible showroom, a wonderful charity auction, exclusive “Roast Gooble Dinner” Dinner event where lucky fans get to dine with the talent, and a “Masters Cast” After-Hours Mixer for fans to meet, mingle, and enjoy in fandom merriment.

To have the power as soon as possible, make sure to follow the convention:

facebook.com/ThePowerCon
facebook.com/ThunderCon

Twitter: @ThePowerCon & @TheThunderCon

http://www.thepower-con.com
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jon Kallis via e-mail at 
jon@thepower-con.com or via phone at 424-543-4132

POWER-CON™, the POWER-CON logo, THUNDERCON™ and the THUNDERCON logo are trademarks of Power-Con, LLC.. Copyright © 2011-2012 Power-Con, LLC. All rights reserved. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE®, PRINCESS OF POWER™ and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by Mattel, Inc. THUNDERCATS™ and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. This convention is not sponsored by, or affiliated with Mattel, Inc., Classic Media, Inc. or Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Icon Heroes’ Cats Lair now available to pre-order!

A while ago, we gave an exclusive first close-up look at Icon Heroes’ upcoming Cats Lair mini-environment. Icon Heroes have been in touch to let us know that this great-looking piece is now available to pre-order exclusively from Action Figure Express, priced $99.99 – here’s the press release they sent over:

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Because every hero needs a place to unwind, Icon Heroes created the museum replica of the Cat’s Lair. Made of heavy weight polyresin, this environment statue measures a massive 7.9” wide x 11” deep x 9.5” tall and weighs approximately 6 pounds. A perfect backdrop for your Thundercats station figures, this environment is detailed with towering archways, mechanical like claws, and blazing red cat eyes. The Cat’s Lair is the pivotal training ground, operations base, and sleeping quarters for the Thundercats. Sold exclusively by Action Figure Xpress and limited to only 600 pieces, this individually numbered collectors piece is a rare find.

“We were so pleased with the success of the Action Figure Xpress San Diego Comic Con exclusive Lion-O and Mumm-Ra. We hoped an iconic piece could be the focal point of the collection,” said Pat Wang, President. “With Icon Heroes’ addition of the Cat’s Lair Environment Statue, this collection brings the entire screen to life.”

 

Icon Heroes' Cats Lair 1 Icon Heroes' Cats Lair 2
Icon Heroes' Cats Lair 3 Icon Heroes' Cats Lair 4

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ThunderCatsLair.Org Official Review of “Between Brothers”!

Appearing right in the middle of ThunderCats‘ first season, “Between Brothers” always needed to be something special – an episode far-reaching in its scope, that touches on the most memorable elements of the series so far and moves some of the show’s primary storylines into a whole new dimension. This action-packed episode succeeds in achieving all these goals.

The main theme running through this episode is that of relationships. The first and most obvious of those relationships is the one between Lion-O and Tygra. With so much of their background left unexplored, this episode nevertheless showcases much of their sibling rivalry – their antipathy towards each other is brought to boiling point, and yet so is the bond between the two, showing that there is something at both extremes of their relationship, a rivalry, a jealousy, perhaps even at times a dislike, and yet beneath it all a bond that cannot be broken.

The second relationship to be explored is the one between Panthro and Grune. In its own way, this relationship is as complex as the one between Lion-O and Tygra – for, whilst Panthro and Grune are not brothers, they have nevertheless trodden many of the same paths and fought the same battles, and the hostility between the two is given a great deal of emotional depth thanks to this, adding weight also to Grune’s betrayal of the ThunderCats and Panthro in particular. The retelling of Panthro and Grune’s encounter with Spidera, as well as being a great nod to old-school ThunderCats fans (Spidera was, of course, the guest villain in the original series episode “Queen of 8 Legs”), also serves to shine a spotlight on the relationship between these two characters.

Third and final of the relationships focussed on in this episode is the one between Tygra and Cheetara, where in a moment of shock she choses Tygra over Lion-O. This is as jarring for the audience as it is for Lion-O himself, as it completely flies against the clues that have been shown throughout the series – which, in a perverse type of way, should make it less surprising than it is. It’s not difficult to predict that the love triangle between Lion-O, Tygra and Cheetara will run for many episodes to come, and one suspects there may yet be a twist in the tale.

This episode also benefits greatly from the return of all the series’ main villains that we’ve met so far – S-S-Slithe, Grune and especially Mumm-Ra all shine during their moments of screen time, and the transformation of Mumm-Ra into his ever-living form is a visual highlight in an episode full of stunning animation.

The action sequences in this episode work on a variety of different levels, providing both straight excitement when the ThunderCats are battling to protect the hut, to heightening the emotions between Lion-O and Tygra when the two are battling. Indeed, from a visual perspective this episode is nigh on impossible to find fault with, and it’s clear that a great deal of thought and effort went into making this episode one of the most striking of the series.

The first thirteen episodes of ThunderCats have not been without their flaws, but when taken as a collective they stand as a fine example of modern animated storytelling. This episode is the perfect encapsulation of everything that has been good about the series so far. A grand epic that sets the scene for more adventures to come, “Between Brothers” proves that the ThunderCats are back to stay.

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ThunderCatsLair.Org Official Review of “Into The Astral Plane”!

From the very earliest days when Warner Bros revealed that ThunderCats would be returning, a lot was made of the fact that this retelling of the mythos would feature a number of arcing storylines and character development. The first few episodes established this very successfully, whilst subsequent offerings have deviated from this somewhat; true, they have focussed on arguably the series’ main theme, that of Lion-O’s development and learning, but other character elements and story arcs have only been hinted at.

All this changes with “Into The Astral Plane”, a potentially game-changing episode that ups each and every stake in the series. Almost from the word go, the episode reveals a connection between Cheetara and Tygra, creating a link between the pair that tears the audience’s loyalty in two, forging a legitimate love triangle that can only end in heartache for either Lion-O or his brother.

The flashbacks in this episode not only provide welcome backstory for Cheetara and Tygra but also hint at the prospects for so much more – why did Cheetara have no clan? Why is there so much rivalry between Tygra and Lion-O? How did Tygra become part of Lion-O’s family? By making a start at answering questions about some of the ThunderCats’ histories, this leads on to ever more intriguing questions, hinting at great depth and helping to forge a bond between the audience and the characters.

There are other superb aspects of character writing contained with this episode as well. One of these is contained within the flashbacks, as we discover the extent of Cheetara’s personal bond with Jaga; however, even here the potential is laid for much more discovery as part of future flashbacks.

Additionally to this, each ThunderCat gets their own little character moment, from the Thunderkittens to Panthro, whose antipathy towards Grune again becomes a driving factor in some of this episode’s fine action scenes. And what fine scenes they are – with the strong focus on character development and backstory, it would be easy to think that this episode could be quite light on action, and yet this is not the case, with one of the episode’s most arresting moments being Tygra’s daredevil piloting of the Thundertank, which saves the day against Grune’s forces. The fact that Tygra’s actions are so successful is a storytelling masterstroke, as it sets up further tension between Tygra and Lion-O.

Add to this the intriguing storyline concerning the quest for the stone of power, with a nice little nod to the classic series by introducing the concept of the Astral Plane (the Astral World was, of course, home to Jaga in the original series), and this all adds up to a finely constructed episode.

Each episode of ThunderCats has its own merits and values, but this episode stands above most others for taking the key concepts of this re-imagined series and breathing fresh, new life into them. “Into The Astral Plane” is one of the most valuable chapters to date in the story of the ThunderCats.

More ThunderCats figures coming from Bandai in 2012!

Our friends at Bandai have sent over more photos of their upcoming ThunderCats product line, along with a press release to accompany them! These figures are set to hit toy shelves in spring 2012!
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OVERVIEW

“ThunderCats” fuses sci-fi and sorcery to reignite the thrill of the 1980s hit television series with all the favorite characters as they explore an expanded universe. It’s sure to have kids everywhere once again shouting, “ThunderCats, Hooo!” Lion-O wasn’t ready to be king and he definitely wasn’t ready to be the only cat standing between immortal evil and the total destruction of his world, but fate left him little choice. Only he could lead this quest.

PRODUCT LINE DETAILS
Bandai America Incorporated has launched the iconic ThunderCats toy line back into action with an all-new look! Kids and fans of the original 1980s animated television show will be able to wield the mystic Sword of Omens to become Lion-O, King of the ThunderCats. Join Lion-O as he battles against the evil Mumm-Ra and hollers, “ThunderCats, Hooo!” The line includes action figures, vehicles, play sets and role-play items aligned with the all new “ThunderCats” animated series. For more information on the ThunderCats toy line, please visit www.bandai.com/thundercats.

4” Basic Figure
Suggested Retail: $7.99
SPRING 2012

“Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats Hooo!” Bandai America is introducing four new 4” basic figures based on the “ThunderCats” animated adventure series from Warner Bros. Animation to the already stellar line-up for spring 2012. Crafted with great detail and quality, collectors and kids can play with or display their favorite ThunderCats Heroes and Villains in their own environment and recreate scenes from the TV show.

• New 4” figures include Mumm-Ra The Ever Living, Claudus, Lion-O,and Panthro
• Figures come with a weapon and/or accessory that is unique to them. The figures also utilize the ThunderLynx embedded magnet system for interaction with multiple SKUs across the line, which activates unique features.

4” Deluxe Figure
Suggested Retail: $12.99
SPRING 2012

The 4” deluxe figures allow you to bring your favorite ThunderCats character to life! Deluxe figures are crafted with great detail and quality for kids to recreate their favorite characters’ battle actions.

• Panthro spins his nunchucks into action!
• Slithe swings his arms for barrel smashing action!
• All 4” figures utilize the ThunderLynx embedded magnet system for interaction with multiple SKUs across the line, activating unique features.

Collectible Stylized Figure (6-pack)
Suggested Retail: $24.99
SPRING 2012

Collect all of your favorite characters from the new “ThunderCats” series from Warner Bros. Animation.

• Includes six cool stylized figures from the all new “ThunderCats” show.
• 6-pack set includes Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara and Slithe.
• Figures come in diorama style packaging.

ThunderCatsLair.Org Official Review of “The Forrest of Magi Oar”!

Throughout their various incarnations, the ThunderCats have always typically been portrayed as a strong force for good. Through the evolution of Lion-O as a character, the audience has been able to watch as good and evil, whilst not obvious at first, nonetheless reveal themselves as Lion-O’s wisdom and powers of perception evolve and grow. That classic ThunderCats theme is what makes this episode work.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that this episode evokes such a “classic” vibe; penned by the great Peter Lawrence, one of the creative lynchpins behind the original series, it’s not difficult to close one’s eyes and imagine the original series’ voice actors speaking each of the characters’ lines. Perhaps it’s these strong roots that allow this episode to flourish like the trees the storyline is built around.

When Lion-O first encounters the Wood Forgers it appears as though they are, once again, the series’ straightforward “guest race of the week”. What makes this episode refreshing is how it veers away from this, keeping the audience guessing until Lion-O’s leap of faith when confronted by Viragor – this lovely character building moment being one of the highlights of this episode.

There are other highlights too, and they tend to all be built around the development of the ThunderCats as people. From the main development for Lion-O that’s the central point of the story, to other subtle touches like the brotherly moment between Lion-O and Tygra round the campfire, to Panthro’s declaration of respect for Lion-O – all of these are strong moments that help the audience care about these characters and helps to forge a bond between them.

That’s not to say that this episode is without its flaws. By now the absence of the series’ main villains such as Mumm-Ra, Grune and S-S-Slithe is beginning to harm the sense of continuity that the series has attempted to build up. For these villains to have been off the screen for so many episodes now risks the audience forgetting the overriding threat that these characters present to our feline heroes, and a strong enhancement to this episode would have been some sort of epilogue sequence featuring one or more of these characters.

Nevertheless, “The Forrest of Magi Oar” still stands out when measured against some of the other ThunderCats episodes of recent times. With a strong storyline, engaging dialogue, and a real sense of embracing the best of both the original and new ThunderCats, this episode is an action-packed lesson to us all that sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees.

6-inch line photos now available at ThunderCats Lair!

Following our earlier coverage of MTV Geek’s reveal of next year’s 6″ ThunderCats collectors’ line, our friends at Bandai have now sent over copies of the promotional photos of these figures for us to share with you, along with more information about the line!
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OVERVIEW
“ThunderCats” fuses sci-fi and sorcery to reignite the thrill of the 1980s hit television series with all the favorite characters as they explore an expanded universe. It’s sure to have kids everywhere once again shouting, “ThunderCats, Hooo!” Lion-O wasn’t ready to be king and he definitely wasn’t ready to be the only cat standing between immortal evil and the total destruction of his world, but fate left him little choice. Only he could lead this quest.

PRODUCT LINE DETAILS
Bandai America Incorporated has launched the iconic ThunderCats toy line back into action with an all-new look! Kids and fans of the original 1980s animated television show will be able to wield the mystic Sword of Omens to become Lion-O, King of the ThunderCats. Join Lion-O as he battles against the evil Mumm-Ra and hollers, “ThunderCats, Hooo!” The line includes action figures, vehicles, play sets and role-play items aligned with the all new “ThunderCats” animated series. For more information on the ThunderCats toy line, please visit www.bandai.com/thundercats.
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6” Collector Figure (Classic)
Suggested Retail: $14.99 SPRING 2012

Flashing back to the classic 1980s animated “ThunderCats” series, Mumm-Ra and Lion-O are the first two new characters of the ThunderCats 6” classic figure collection!
• Each of these 6” figures come with the character’s iconic weapon and costume.
• Figures are packaged with the classic ThunderCats look.
• Highly detailed and articulated.


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6” Collector Figure (New)
Suggested Retail: $14.99 SPRING 2012

Fast forward to the present with the all-new 6” figure collection based on the re-imagined “ThunderCats” series from Warner Bros. Animation
• The Tygra 6” figure comes complete with his bolo-whip and gun weapons.
• Cheetara whips into action with her staff, ready for battle.
• Figures feature high detail and articulation.