Today I finally got my hands on one of the new 6″ ThunderCats figures. They were supposed to be out a few weeks back, but I guess they got delayed. Now at Toys R Us, there are a lot of pegs and no toys. I am hoping that there was an initial send out of stuff, and there will be more on the way. I would be sad if the stuff just came out and already gone.
Anyway, I was able to get Panthro. He is a great character so far in the show. We are only 4 episodes into it, with Panthro showing up at the end of the 3rd. He was giving Lion-O a hard time about earning his title as king. I am a HUGE fan of teams. Superhero teams, spy teams, and cat teams. Of course with Panthro being on the outside of the team and not trying to get in, it was a little tough for me. I wanted to yell at him to get with the program already. But by the end of the 4th episode, Panthro saw what Lion-O could do. A team player by the end.
Panthro comes with his Nunchuks. And on top of that, we get two sets. One open for him to fight with, and one closed that attaches to the back of his belt. I am a little bummed that they did not come in the red and blue colors that were not only the trademark of the classic chuks, but also made the transition to the new show.
His paint is really well done. Showing all of the scars of years of battle in the service of Lion-O’s dad.
18 points of articulation really allow for some great poses. He has some double joints on the elbows and knees that are pretty standard for the action figures of today. The plastic is quite a bit softer on these parts. I am not sure this toy would stand-up to heavy play by kids.
One interesting aspect of the design is that there is no attempt to hide any of the attachment points of the figure. He has great big holes where pegs hold the arms and legs together. On the shoulders, there are black lines where the shoulder pivots. An interesting design choice away from the standard of trying to make all of the parts flush to the next. On his back he has a bunch of screws holding him together. Customizers be prepared, you are going to want to take this one apart. 🙂
This is a good figure. He is solid and sturdy, exactly what you would want from Panthro. He does loose a bit with the soft plastics. The paint is very well done, with crisp lines and attention to the details in the show. I am really looking forward to getting more of these figures and the 4″ as well. Looks like we are going to get Lion-O, Mum-Ra, and Tigra in the big scale. I am bummed we won’t get Cheetara. It would be one more figure to give us all the main characters. Why do they do this to us. Maybe in wave 2?