Okay, I must admit when I first saw this little SDCC related news item pop up I immediately checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. This seems like one of those stories that simply works too well to be true.
But Toy News International is reporting that Mattel has acquired the license to produce Thundercats figures and that their plans for those figures (based on the classic cartoon) involve keeping them in scale with their Masters of the Universe Classics toyline. None of this has been confirmed, so take it with a huge grain of salt.
Whether that means the two lines would share parts or whether they would have a subscription model for the Thundercats line is all in question right now, and hopefully as SDCC goes on, we’ll get some answers. As a big Masters of the Universe fan and even bigger Thundercats fan, I am more than a little giddy at this idea. Unfortunately, however, Thundercats has a recent history of doing something great but not doing it for very long. Just see their excellent animated series and recent Bandai action figures for proof of this.
I plan on reporting on any of this news as it comes up, so stay tuned.
Hopefully this is a MattyCollector line and not a retail one. Bandai’s line was retail and it couldn’t get traction at that production scale. A smaller online-only line will hopefully last long enough for me to finally get a freaking Panthro!
Don’t forget their excellent Minimate sets, too!