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Couldn't agree with you more.
It's so important to me that I might not even be that interested if it weren't the 4H making these figures.
That may sound harsh, but they are just so attuned to what is cool about MotU, they "get it" so much, that IMO they are nothing short of totally, 100% indispensable.
I'm with you two.
That was the question I asked, so needless to say I was very happy with the answer. The Horsemen are far and away the best toy sculptors I've seen, so to have them working on my favorite property is about as good as it gets.
I'm happy with ANY new MOTU figs at this point, especially being more of a Thundercats collector. Anyone else who is remember "New Thundercats Figures Coming in 1998!" and like every year after that? Still waiting...
MegaGearMax already stood up for me (thanks mate!), but still...you couldn't have found a more polite way of saying this montork?
I get that there might still be POP and NA in the line...but the way they announced the series, they made it sound like it WOULD happen. Not that - like with every other line - they'll see how well things go and then consider maybe diversifying.
The 200X line only got a She-Ra at the very, very end. I was grateful, but again...the series and toyline only went there years after the relaunch. Why? Why must POP always be an afterthought?
Here, MOTUC said up front "They won't be afterthoughts - we're addressing them now!" No other line has ever done that. So yes, we all thought that meant something different than "we'll see in a few years, maybe, if the sky is green and the money keeps rolling in, like I'll think about it if you rub my feet."
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I remember reading the very first one and thinking it had the story of a bad episode... Evil creatures attacked Cat's Lair, the Cats fought them and won. The end.
Regardless, I think there would be huge interest in new Thundercats toys, especially if four certain horse-related people were to sculpt and design them...
Anyway, Amazon also shows their MSRP as $64.98. That's pretty insane. You get the same number of episodes as the He-Man sets, yet nothing extra and poorer quality video/audio, yet they still sold/sell like crazy. I think that's a testament to the popularity of the Thundercats.
I seem to remember something about WB refusing anyone the rights to do Classic style TC figures unless they also do new ones, maybe based on those anime-ish designs. Anyone remember/know about that?
But yeah, 4H Thundercats figures is about the biggest no-brainer decision one could ever make in the toy industry.
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Panthro would probably be my most wanted character too.
And actually I think there is potentially a bigger market for TC figures.
Here's my take, see what you guys think:
I think as adults, some collectors today feel more "comfortable" about nearly naked, muscular dudes if they're these fantastic cat-like creatures, and not a normal person like He-Man.
So Lion-O can be still be cool, but He-Man can't.
Yet these are the same people who watch and love "300" which is somehow OK because of how incredibly violent it is (ie. "Whoa dude, did you see him chop that dudes head off and the blood was all whoooosh?! That was siiiiick!").
I guess we'll see what happens with the TC movie if/when it comes out.
Maybe they'll do some companion "Classic" TC figures to go along with the movie tie-in merch.
Hopefully all this stuff does well though, as I'd love to see it result in revisiting Silverhawks, Visionaries, Captain Power, C.O.P.S., and ALL the other awesome, but semi-forgotten 80's toy properties.
It's "cool" to talk about He-Man and imply he was gay and there were homosexual undertones to the cartoon and blah, blah, blah. And it's also "cool" to say Thundercats were so awesome and that you loved that show when you were little.
For whatever reason, Thundercats hasn't lost any credibility, while He-Man has (among non-MOTU people), and that's why I think Thundercats could be huge today (though I don't think WB knows how to handle it at all based on what I've heard).
Agreed Lay Ze-Man.
I'd kill for new Silverhawks as well, but I feel like I'm one of about 5 fans out there.
I too still proudly support Silverhawks...which just got a DVD release btw....