Funko popped up on my radar several years ago with their “Pop” vinyl collectibles. Over the past couple of years, they have added other styles to their repertoire, and I really love the DC “Primal Age” figures and Thundercats and horror icon “Savage World” collections. While I have seen some negative reviews on these MOTU-style figures, we did purchase some last year and did not have any issues with them. Read the reviews and proceed at your own risk.
DC “Primal Age”
- Wonder Woman
- The Flash
- Green Lantern
- Batcave Playset
- Krypto the Superdog
- Ace the Bat Hound
- Joker Beast
- Lex Luthor
- Mr. Freeze
- Black Manta
- King Shark
Thundercats “Savage World”
- Tygra (pre-order)
- Cheetara (pre-order)
- Jackalman (pre-order)
- Monkian (pre-order)
Horror Icons “Savage World”
I mentioned Thundercats yesterday, so I might as well throw a few ideas out there that the Thundercats fan in your life will love.
- Original Series: Season 1, Volume 1
- Original Series: Season 1, Volume 2
- Original Series: Season 2, Volume 1
- Original Series: Season 2, Volume 2
- 2011 Reboot
- A Cat’s Tail (One-Shot Comic)
- Reclaiming Thundera
- The Return
- Dogs of War
- Hammer Hand’s Revenge
- Enemy’s Pride
- Thundercats/Battle of the Planets (One-Shot Comic)
- Superman/Thundercats (One-Shot Comic)
- Origins: Heroes and Villains (One-Shot Comic)
- Origins: Villains and Heroes (One-Shot Comic)
Toys and Collectibles
- Funko POP! [Most of these are retired figures and insanely expensive. If you buy these for people on your list, tell me how to become your friend!]: Lion-O, Lion-O (flocked, 2014 SDCC Exclusive), Panthro, Cheetara, Tygra, Snarf, or Mumm-Ra
- Funko Savage World [Beware of the quality of these figures, as several reviews state they break as soon as they are taken out of the package!]: Lion-O, Panthro, Mumm-Ra, or Slithe
- Funko Vynl: Lion-O + Mumm-ra or Panthro + Cheetara
- The Loyal Subjects Blind Box
- Series 1 (2012 SDCC Exclusive), Series 2, Series 3, or Series 4
- Thundercats Logo T-shirt
- Thundercats Characters T-shirt
- Mumm-Ra Logo T-shirt
- Lion-O Infant Onesie
- Feline Rhapsody T-shirt
- Thundercats Logo Baseball Cap
Other odds & ends
- Sword of Omens
- Sword of Omens (Dagger-sized)
- Lion-O’s Claw Shield
- Panthro’s Nunchucks
- Tygra’s Whip
- Light Switch Cover
- Sword of Omens Keychain
- Logo Keychain
- Snarf Keychain
- Perfect for fans of parodies like Garbage Pail Kids: Thunderbrats Trading Cards
(July 19, 1924 – January 30, 2014)
Co-founder of Rankin/Bass Productions, best know for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and ThunderCats, Arthur Rankin, Jr. passed away on Thursday.
Hear The Roar!
by David Crichton
Telos Publishing, 2011
Go behind the scenes of the ThunderCats with author David Crichton in Hear The Roar!, a massive 500-page book detailing the history, development, and individual episodes of the iconic 1980s cartoon. Interviews with people intimately involved abound in this volume, giving the reader an in-depth look at what goes on before the show ever airs. The reader is treated with pre-development pitches and even an article by psychological consultant Dr. Robert Kuisis entitled, “The Role of ThunderCats as a Pro-Social Programme.” The grind of producing a 65-episode season is explained by supervising producer Lee Dannacher and script editor Peter Lawrence. Leonard Starr’s storytelling objectives are reproduced, as well as the “Achilles heels” for each of the characters.
A large portion of the book is devoted to profiles of the scriptwriters, from the most prolific (Starr and Lawrence) to those who had only one script. The writers’ episodes are listed, and memories of their time with Rankin-Bass are recorded. In addition to the writing, the artwork, music, and voiceover work of the series is documented in Hear The Roar!
In part two, Crichton presents an episode guide complete with US and UK broadcast dates, writer’s commentary, and a rating on a 5-star scale for each individual episode. Part three presents biographical sketches of each character appearing in the series, from the ThunderCats to the Forces for Good and Forces for Evil, and explores the settings where their adventures took place. Part four gives the details of the merchandise, specifically the toyline produced by LJN.
Closely related to ThunderCats was SilverHawks, and Crichton touches on that series as well in part five of Hear The Roar!, touching on many of the same topics, though not as deeply. For instance, rather than a synopsis and commentary on each episode, there is simply a list of the 65 titles and airdates. Crichton closes his book writing about the legacy of the ThunderCats franchise, and how it has endured and its popularity continues now in the 21st century, and the return of the characters in a new series developed by Warner Brothers.
For die-hard fans of the ThunderCats, Hear The Roar! is a must-have volume contains a wealth of information and should be placed on the shelf right next to the DVD collection.
It’s interesting to see what generates the most traffic for this little blog from day to day. It’s usually a baseball post, but sometimes it’s an older post that is just popular, seemingly out of the blue. Of course, once I dig a little deeper, I can usually figure out why so many new people are coming here for the same reason.
Yesterday the most popular post was “2009 Topps Thundercats.” My son had done a series of Thundercats custom cards based on the 2009 Topps baseball design.
Many of you know that Cartoon Network will be airing a new Thundercats series beginning in 2011. But that news was announced in June…why the sudden interest in December? The reason is simple: a new voice actor has been announced recently, and that has renewed the buzz around the series.
I’m really looking forward to the new Thundercats and hope CN doesn’t screw it up like they did He-Man (IOW, they need to actually promote the show and not just hope the toys do it for you…even if those toys are totally awesome).
Speaking of He-Man toys…anyone got a Snake Armor He-Man they want to dump cheap? I can’t justify spending more than $40 on a toy that is going to be played with…a lot. My 11-year old has wanted it since we saw it on eBay several years ago, but we’ve never seen it for less than $75 after shipping. I just can’t do it with a clear conscience. We don’t care if it has been opened, or if you don’t have the original packaging. We just want the toy.
If you want to make a little boy’s Christmas extra special with Snake Armor He-Man, let me know.
Last month, I posted a 2009 Topps Lion-O card that I created. I didn’t plan on making any more, and I didn’t…but my son Joshua did! Without further ado…Thunder…Thunder…THUNDERCATS…HO!!!!
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