The New Thundercats:

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126 WillKeaton15th Mar 2011 06:42:51 PM from Alberta, Canada
[up]It is possible only the toys have tails and they are absent in the show. If you look at the Tygra figure he is wearing a different outfit than what we've seen him wear in any of the clips, though that Doom Marine armour may still show up in the show at some point.

edited 15th Mar '11 6:43:35 PM by WillKeaton

127 StarOutlaw15th Mar 2011 06:57:33 PM from Frontier Space , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Tygra also wears that armor in a couple of the promotional posters, so my guess is that he picks it up sometime after the first couple of episodes. The same goes for Lion-O and his armor.
128 Enlong16th Mar 2011 07:40:04 AM from The Underground Facility , Relationship Status: is commanded toŚ WANK!
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Do we know much at all about the new Panthro?
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129 WillKeaton16th Mar 2011 11:29:40 AM from Alberta, Canada
[up] Well we know he's been out exploring Third Earth, either because he was bannished or just because he likes to be alone we're not sure. He's voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson and has wicked sideburns. He also has a pair of nunchucks, one chuck acts as a flamethrower while the other acts as an icethrower. Other than that we know nothing.
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131 StarOutlaw17th Mar 2011 10:42:38 PM from Frontier Space , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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We don't know anything about this version of Cheetara, do we? We basically know Lion-O and Tygra's deal, we know Panthro's exploring Third Earth, and we can sort of guess Kit and Kat are street urchins. Cheetara remains a mystery. Is she already a Thundercat? My guess is that she's some sort of spy for Claudus that the other characters don't know anything about. That's just from the one shot of Lion-O and Tygra looking surprised when Cheetara shows up.
132 WillKeaton18th Mar 2011 12:33:26 PM from Alberta, Canada
I just found some old Thundercats comic books the other day. Not the Marvel run mind you but the Wildstorm run. (Wildstorm is owned by DC comics, which means Thundercats has been both a Marvel and a DC. I don't know if we should tell Just Some Random Guy or not.) Amoung other things such as Lion-O decked out in a full suit of golden armour I found an image of a Young Claudius. Look familiar? I think we just found where Lion-O's new design came from.

edited 18th Mar '11 12:41:18 PM by WillKeaton

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Cheetara is the fanservice/action girl
134 StarOutlaw21st Mar 2011 07:03:43 AM from Frontier Space , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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[up][up]I've been reading those comics too. I think Young Claudus's armor looking like New Lion-O's is just a coincidence, since they're both variation's of Original Lion-O's outfit.

In the Hammerhand's Revenge comic, the writer made Snarf really, really annoying, much more so than he ever was in the show. He talks in third person, which he never did in the show, and acts like a bumbling cowardly idiot. It made me realize that nostalgia can also make things seem worse, not just better.

I think a lot of people who claim they liked Thundercats don't really know that much about it besides the premise and the characters. I guess I'd call it second hand nostalgia, where you learn of something through other people and gain their nostalgia for it without ever actually having been exposed to it. Is there a trope for that?

It's just assumed Snarf was The Scrappy because he's a non-human sidekick and they tended to be scappies. The same goes for the three newer Thundercats. People say they were scrappies, but having gone back and checked they were hardly ever used, besides Lynx-O. Some people want to forget about the Luna-Taks, but I thought they brought a breath of fresh air. 65 episodes of Mutants and Mumm-Ra and one shot villains gets old.

That being said, after seeing all the episodes, there wasn't a whole lot very memorable about Thundercats. No big moments really pop out at me besides the opening and the first episodes. Things didn't really change much until 3/4 of the way through and there were few story arcs. I liked the five-parters the most because there was some actual continuity.

edited 21st Mar '11 7:07:55 AM by StarOutlaw

135 WillKeaton21st Mar 2011 07:06:04 PM from Alberta, Canada
You know the funny thing? A year ago I honestly could have said, "Everything I know about Thundercats I learned from Robot Chicken." That, and I had heard that Snarf, whatever it was, is annoying. I had never seen an episode of the show despite watching He-man, She-Ra and Transformers when I was a kid. Yet whenever 80's Nostalgia comes up this "Thundercats" thing would always get thrown in there with the others. The first time I saw an actual episode was about a year ago when Teletoon Retro started broadcasting it. It was like finding the last pice of a set. I didn't expect much but it surpased my (rather low) expectations, especially the first few episodes. It wasn't great but I could see a lot of potential in it. In a lot of ways I'm hoping this new series will live up to the potential I saw in the 80's version.

[up]When you mentioned how everybody seems to dislike Snarf I immediately remembered this image from Enemy's Pride.

edited 21st Mar '11 7:07:50 PM by WillKeaton

136 nomuru2d21st Mar 2011 09:14:47 PM from Port Saint Lucie, FL , Relationship Status: Longing for Dulcinea
Long live Cinematech.

137 StarOutlaw23rd Mar 2011 08:32:31 AM from Frontier Space , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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There's going to be a Thundercats panel at Wondercon, Sunday April 3:

1:00-1:45 Thunder Cats Special Video Presentation and Cast/Producer Q&AŚ Thunder Cats Ho! The cats will be loose on Sunday as Wonder Con hosts the first-ever panel for this all-new animated series produced by Warner Bros. Animation, coming soon to Cartoon Network. Based upon the iconic 1980s action classic, Thunder Cats is the epic tale of Lion-O and his battle against evil in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power. Fans will feel the magic and hear the roar as producers and cast unveil their vision for the show, debut exclusive footage and answer questions about one of the most highly anticipated animated series of the year. Esplanade Ballroom.

[up]I need to hurry up and finish Hammerhand's Revenge then.

If it wasn't for Toonami way back in the day, I'd have cared much less about Thundercats. While it's a very well known pop-culture icon, it doesn't seem as though there's a great deal of interest in it, outside a devoted fanbase who watched it back in the 80s. I guess it's only natural, since it's been so long since the old series ended and there's been very little done with the property besides the comics and nostalgia merchandise.
138 WillKeaton23rd Mar 2011 10:49:20 AM from Alberta, Canada
Transformers and G.I. Joe have managed to remain relevant all throughout the 90's till today with numerous series, toylines; they've even had live action movies. Even He-Man got a couple of other series made. The 2003 version was especially nice. Thundercats on the other hand hasn't been touched since the 80's, with the exception of a few comics here and there.

About the above image. Let's just say that isn't an isolated incident. Snarf finds himself on the end of verbal and physical abuse several times in Enemy's Pride. I guess the authors realised Snarf was percieved as a scrappy and gave the poeple what they wanted. Besides, everything makes perfect sense in context.

One other thing about the Wildstorm comics people should know. At one point the kittens are having a race on their hoverboards and while in the lead Wilykit teases Wilykat by calling him "little brother" which really seems to tick him off. Also, Mumm-Ra reffers to Wilykat as "the littlest Thundercat" on several occasions. This would seem to confirm that (in this continuity at least) Wilykat was born after his sister, (if only by a couple minutes) and is the youngest of the group. Whether he was "older" than Lion-O at the start of the series we may never know.

Besides Grune what other bad guys are you all hoping to see make a comeback? Ta-She and Mongor are at the top of my liast long with Spidera, because you can't go wrong with a giant man cat-eating spider.

edited 23rd Mar '11 10:50:57 AM by WillKeaton

139 StarOutlaw23rd Mar 2011 12:38:40 PM from Frontier Space , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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I hope that this reboot helps to relaunch Thunder Cats and make it as relevant as those other franchises. It has to be good though, but from what we've seen and heard it should be at least a decent action adventure series.

I've read the Dogs of War mini (which gets a little weird), and I was thinking that the War Dogs may have been inspired by Demolisher, who was also sort of a humanoid canine. Maybe there will be a race of dog people in the new show and he can show up as one of them.

Of course I'm hoping Hammer Hand and the Berzerkers show up. They made for some nice guest villains and they really fit the tone of the show. Can't go wrong with cyborg vikings. I also hope Rataro appears at some point too. He was interesting and added a little more depth to the Mutants. I always got the feeling that he was supposed to be like a barbarian conqueror and Slythe and his group were always meant to be his subordinates. After Mumm-Ra, Rataro could potentially be a second Big Bad, if he leads a mutant horde against Thundera.

Besides those, I want to see a re-imagining of the Driller. He seemed interesting, but his back story was never really explored. I'd like to think that he was a mining android, either from hundreds of years ago or from space. He's programmed to always be drilling to find diamonds for his long dead masters, and he's stuck in a vicious cycle of drilling to vfind diamonds just so he can keep his drill sharp so he can drill to find more diamonds.

It would be cool to see Safari Joe, but he might be really out of place in the new show.
140 StarOutlaw29th Mar 2011 08:40:49 PM from Frontier Space , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Updates: The CN press release confirmed that Thundera is indeed a kingdom this time and it will already take place on Third Earth, as opposed to Thundera being a separate planet that exploded.

Also, has some more high res photos of the upcoming toys, including new photos of Wily Kat and Wily Kat figures:

Looks like they'll be getting new weapons besides their pellets; dual grappling claws for Kat and a ring fro Kit, which I'm assuming will work like a boomerang/light disc from Tron.
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It would be cool to see Safari Joe, but he might be really out of place in the new show.

If Mum-Ra still acts like a Large Ham, I really don't see too much of a problem with Safari Joe.
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Kits weapon on her action figure is called a chakram
143 Deboss30th Mar 2011 12:27:02 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Like Xena?
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Don't like the anime look personally. Looks like I'll pass on this.
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Being quick to judge aren't you
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Can't help it. I've hated the style since I was a kid.
148 maxwellelvis31st Mar 2011 07:06:17 AM from undisclosed location , Relationship Status: In my bunk
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[up][up][up] You know the original had the 80's version of that look, right?
Of course, don't you know anything about ALCHEMY?!- Twin clones of Ivan the Great
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Anime-ish faces and Dragon Ball Z style hair? I haven't watched the original in ages, but I don't think so.
150 StarOutlaw31st Mar 2011 07:49:20 AM from Frontier Space , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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[up]He means the late 70's/early 80's anime style, but the original was more animesque than outright anime like the new one is. I don't think anime is a bad fit for Thunder Cats anyway since they are cat people after all. I expect them to have wild hair and big eyes.

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