The Lord of the Thundercats has finally been given the modern treatment! Lets take a look…
Having the original LJN Lion-O figure is one of my earliest childhood toy memories. I loved that figure, so it was a no-brainer that I had to hunt down the new Bandai version. A lot has been said and made of the fact that these figures are 8″ scale, but to me it makes sense. Holding one of these in your had gives you the same proportionate feel you had as a child holding the original 6″ version, and it really makes it feel like a good, solid, sturdy, retro figure.
Lion-O comes with more accessories than Tygra. He includes 3 hands (1 closed for holding swords) two versions of the Sword of Omens, a claw glove, and a belt strap to hold the glove. Lion-O uses some of the same parts as Tygra, including the swivel-ball joints on the wrists, which I love. These give a LOT of poseability, more than a normal balljoint, and helps alot with Lion-O’s sword poses.
One issue I have with this figure is the full-size Sword of Omens. It is made of VERY soft plastic, so much s that it begins to droop if you have it held out in any position. It is a little longer than it should be, and starts to fall under its own weight. This was even more of an issue when taking these photos under hot lights. The San Diego Comic-Con version of Lion-O came with hard plastic chromed versions of the swords, I really wish this version had at least come with the hard plastic.
Lion-O shares the same articulation as the Bandai Thundercats Classics Tygra, with an added ab-crunch. I really have to hand it to Bandai for stepping up on the collector market and putting out some amazingly stable and solidly articulated figures.
It’s really amazing to put this side to side with the vintage figure and see some of the small cues they took from its design and look. The stylized swoosh in his hair is a very cool wink to the original figure.
Though there are a few issues like the soft sword and mismatched plastic colors on some joints, this is still the Lion-O I have been wanting since I was a child. This figure does everything it should – it harkens back to the original, but updates itself with modern styling and articulation. Don’t wait to get this guy – you WILL regret it.