SNARF! New ‘Thundercats’ Snarf and Toy Designs Revealed
More merchandise and character designs for the new ThunderCats animated series continue to roll out from Warner Bros., including a surprise reveal of Snarf, remembered by children of the 1980s as Jar Jar Binks of the old school. Also released are new images of ThunderCats toys, including some handsome statues and figurines of the characters in their classic style.
In the original ThunderCats, the four-legged, housepet-like Snarf (real name Osbert) was, inexplicably, the nursemaid of team leader Lion-O while he was still a young boy. The character continued to play a terrified, nagging mother-like role to Lion-O and the ThunderCats as the series progressed, and frequently provided some memorably outrageous plot conveniences while speaking in an endearingly annoying voice. Nothing is yet known about Snarf's characterization in the forthcoming ThunderCats reboot on Cartoon Network, but the cat's redesign conveys a much cuter, Pokémon-esque feel that I hope will manifest when the show premieres later in 2011.
Among the new ThunderCats toys coming from Bandai is the previously revealed ThunderTank, for which we now have packaging images. The vehicle comes with a Snarf figure and will retail for $29.99.
Storm into battle with the Deluxe ThunderTank and 4-inch Snarf Figure. Kids' favorite ThunderCats figure can ride inside and unlock special ThunderTank features, including â€•ThunderCats, Ho!â€– sound effects, with an exclusive embedded magnet technology. For serious action, launch ThunderBikes from the ThunderTank with the push of a button.
ThunderCats 4" Basic Figure – Lion-O
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 animated television series. Each 4-inch figure comes with a weapon and/or accessory that is unique to each character and includes an exclusive embedded magnet activation system that allows the figure to interact with and activate unique features in multiple ThunderCats products, including the Deluxe ThunderTank.
Available soon for $7.99.
ThunderCats 8-Inch Collector Figure – Cheetara
Flash back to the original series with the iconic and classic heroes of ThunderCats with these 8-inch figures. These high-detail figures incorporate many of your favorites from the classic 80s series.
Available soon for $16.99.
ThunderCats Deluxe Roleplay Sword
Wield the power of Lion-O and become a ThunderCat with the mystic Sword of Omens! With an extendable blade, lights and sounds, kids can let their imaginations roar with Lion-O on his destined path to become king.
Available now for $19.99.
ThunderCats Staction Figures (PVC Figurines)
Lion-O, the Lord of the Thundercats is presented here in this highly detailed polyresin statue! Lion-O wields the Sword of Omens with Claw Glove ready for battle. Spared from the destruction of his planet Thundera, Lion-O leads his team of heroes to protect the legendary Eye of Thundera. This statue from Icon Heroes stands approximately 6-inches tall and includes a forest environment base.
Available now for $59.99.
ThunderCats Limited Edition Porcelain Statue
Hard Hero brings the classic animated fan-favorite, ThunderCats, to collectors with a series of high-quality, limited edition statues. Following the Lion-O, Cheetara, and Mumm-Ra statues, sculptor Paul Bennett has moved on to Lion-O's second-in-command, the level-headed Tygra! This fierce warrior and keen intellect is made of cold-cast porcelain and comes fully-painted and ready for display in a color collector's box.
Available now for $199.