In my opinion the original ‘Thundercats’ cartoon (The 80’s seem so long ago. Fuck, I’m old.) hasn’t aged well or at least not to my friends and I who watched it as kids. I ask myself “This shows about a curmudgeony old fart (Mumm-Ra) who just wanted these damn kids (Thundercats) to get off his lawn (3rd Earth). I really liked this?” Regardless, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Last June, a Warner Bros. press release revealed that a new ‘Thundercats’ animated series was in production for Cartoon Network , co-produced by Japan’s Studio 4°C. We haven’t heard much since. That was until a display at the London Toy Fair offered fans their first look at the re-imagined designs for Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro and Tygra (above) as well as the Sword of Omens and vehicles for the subsequent toyline (after the jump).
No Snarf? BULLSHIT! Personally, I like the look of Panthro and am lovin’ the new Cheetara (Am spankin’ it to her as we speak). Lion-O looks far too Anime and, if I dare say… too much of a pussy.
I hope they remain naked on the first episode, just like in the original series.
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ThunderCats follows the adventures of the eponymous team of heroes, cat-like humanoid aliens from the planet of Thundera. The dying planet forces the ThunderCats ( Thunderean nobility) to flee their homeworld. Their fleet is attacked by the Thundereans’s enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr, who destroy all the starships in the “ThunderFleet,” but spare the flagship hoping to capture the legendary mystic Sword of Omens they believe is on board. The sword holds the Eye of Thundera, the source of the ThunderCats’ power, which is embedded in the hilt.
Though the Mutants damage the flagship, the power of the Eye drives them back. The damage to the ship means the journey to their original destination is not possible, instead having to journey to “Third Earth”; which will take much longer than they had anticipated. Lion-O’s elderly guardian, Jaga, volunteers to pilot the ship while the others sleep in capsules; however, he dies of old age in the process, but not before ensuring they will reach their destination safely. The flagship contains the young Lord of the ThunderCats, Lion-O, as well as the ThunderCats Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit and WilyKat, and Snarf.