Bandai’s 8″ Classics Lion-O unveiled

Toynewsi has what appears to be a rough but large scan from promotional materials of the 8″ Thundercats Classics Lion-O. The article adds that the figure will have 18 points of articulation and come with a with long Sword of Omens, short Sword of Omens, and ThunderClaw glove.

I have to say, the sculpting on that figure is pretty darned good…I wonder whose it is. Anyway, while I’ll be passing on the 4″ line, I’m in for this one.


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  1. Mark

    I have seen Classics Lion-O and Tygra and they are excellent.

    Great job Bandai.

  2. Mark

    @Baena: True, everyones a critic LOL.

    I have nothing against the Horsemen's work, I know they would have done a good job aswell, my problem is with Mattel.

    As a life long Thundercats fan after so many years without any merchadise I am just loving everything, I can't help but be excited. πŸ˜€


  3. @ Mark

    I guess that's the fun thing with art and opinions. Anyone is right for themselves.
    I obviously disagree with you on this matter.
    I question your sanity as I'm sure you question mine. πŸ™‚

    I'm happy you're happy about the figure and I wish the line the best as all this publicity for the Thundercats is a good thing.

    I just wish I had a reason to abuse my wallet for the sake of the Thundercats, but both Mezco and Bandai are leaving me cold.

    And until you come up with any solid reasons as to why this sculpt is as good as the Horsemen's work, other than you just think so. I'll just continue to think you're insane. πŸ˜‰

  4. Mark

    @PrfktTear: I not to bothered about cartoon accurate scales, but Mumm-Ra needs to be bigger than Lion-O. If the rest are all the same height I have no problem with that.

    @FakeEyes22: Totally agree wit you about the DCUC hip joint. It is terrible. In fact I hate the whole leg articulation design of he DCUC. None of th figures I had ever lined up correctly and looked awful when moved.

  5. FakeEyes22

    Oh yeah, it just occurred to me how cool it is that Thundercats are finally free of whatever legal limbo they've been stranded in for so long.

    Also, can't wait to see how the females are handled.

    Finally, a claw shield that isn't red is a long awaited treat. Now to make Mumm-Ra accidentally look at his reflection in it every other episode.

  6. FakeEyes22

    Way better than I expected. I'll have to see if the plastic looks a litle too toyish in person, but it's pretty ideal. That hair is violently bright!

    I dig the design choice on the overlapping muscle on the thigh swivel. Hips are a challenge, and I prefer this to the DC style slice across the muscles that look weird when moved.

  7. @Mark: Perhaps I misunderstood you. I don’t care if He-Man and Lion-O stand shoulder to shoulder or not. I might expect that Lion-O would be a little smaller, who knows. I like a little variety on the shelf, even if all the MOTUC figures are for the most part the same height. As long as they’re somewhat in scale with each other, that’s all I really care about. I would expect a character like Mumm-Ra to be the tallest, but then you’ve got Sclithe (sp?) who is of course may only be 5” or so in this scale.

  8. Mark

    @Baena: Artsically speaking, to me, there is nothing wrong with it. Looks just as good as the MOTUC figures.

  9. Hehe, I'm happy to carry that "curse". πŸ˜‰

    In this case, my wallet is happy too. πŸ˜€

  10. Poe

    @Baena: Well, I'm glad I'm not an artist. I don't know enough to be bothered by the anatomy. πŸ™‚ Y'know, unless it was really bad.

  11. @ Poe,

    I feel it's an attempt to mimic the cartoon look, I just don't feel it's there.

    The Mezco giant figure is closer, but even with that one I'm not wild about some of the anatomy choices there.

    The sculpt is too "soft" I think. The anatomy just isn't there for me. There's little grace moving from one piece to another if that makes any sense. (look at the wrist, the neck to the body, the knees.)

    I feel like there's no bones or structure underneath the muscle. Too much curve, not enough straights. the shapes feel wrong. Bandai has often had this problem. It very well could be a style thing, and if so, this just isn't my style.

    Don't know if I've conveyed my feelings well, but that's all I can do for now. πŸ™‚

    Not buyin' 'em.

    I don't want redesigns really. Unless they were really cool. The new toon designs look cool, but again, the way Bandai handled them, I'm very "meh" about 'em.

    I like the look of the Icons Heroes stactions. There are things that could be done to push them stylistically towards the old toon, but at least you can see the sculpts have some structure to them, and whoever is doing them, knows their anatomy and expresses it with flair and grace.

  12. thegoon3423

    Looks cool, but because it's Bandai I will have to see one in person first.

  13. Jesús Santill

    what next?.,,,,etc…

  14. Poe

    @Baena: What bothers you about it? I'm no Thundercats connoisseur, but that seems to me to be a pretty straight translation of the cartoon look. I guess I'm not clear on what would have impressed you, unless you wanted a 200X-style redesign?

  15. Don't agree that this is a masterpiece.
    Not into this sculpt at all.

    Not getting these guys.


    Bummer too because I love the Thundercats!

    Happy for everyone that is excited about these, new Tcats figures are a long time comin'!
    But for me to get into another line, I really want to be impressed, and I'm just not at all with this.

  16. Mark

    @PrfktTear: I wouldn't mind it all, but its not a big issue for me. I have the 200x He-Man and the new 2011 6" Lion-O will be perfectly in scale with him.

    I don't think 1 inch is a big difference between them when you compare MOTUC He-Man to some of the larger DCUC figures. Around the same height is good enough….isn't MOTUC He-Man 7" high?

  17. @Reverend Ender: The Cheetara figure was mislabeled. She's only coming out in the 4 inch and 6 inch scales from the new cartoon. Her 8" will be in the classic duds. My money is on that pic being her 4" version… cause it sucked.

    The 8" Lion-O is amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing how those thigh cuts work… (That reads overly sexual)

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