Power-Con 2018 - ThunderCats Classic Figures From Mattel Set To Return?!?

by Jay Cochran
August 25, 2018
The big Masters of the Universe themed convention Power-Con is taking place this weekend out in Los Angles, CA and Pixel-Dan is on hand who has already gotten a scoop about the possibility of Mattel's Classic ThunderCats figures making a return.

As we told you earlier, Mattel is on hand this weekend for the con and has some new Masters of the Universe product on hand that they are showing off, but apparently they also brought some ThunderCats stuff with them as well with these prototypes of Classic ThunderCats Jaga and Grune figures. According to Dan, Mattel has informed him that they do have plans for these which will likely be revealed later this weekend during the convention which officially kicks off later today.

You may recall Mattel began doing Masters of the Universe style Classic ThunderCats figures a couple years ago but then canceled the line after only releasing one wave which included Wiley Kit, Wiley Kat, Lino-O, Jackalman, Pumyra & Mumm-Ra in Mummy Form. The abrupt cancellation of the line understandably angered many fans who were looking to at least be able to complete the core team of ThunderCats and villains. Rumors then circulated that Super7 who took over the Masters of the Universe license from Mattel might take over but then never did.

With a new ThunderCats animated series which is done in a totally different style than the original show that is clearly made for kids coming from Warner Bros, it may be Mattel has decided to push forward with the Cats again, however I feel that if Mattel wants to get many fans who felt left out to dry after the initial cancellation was done on board with these, they better plan on doing at the very least the remaining core team members (Tygra and Cheetara) in the first wave, otherwise I doubt fans will bother figuring the line will be canceled again before those characters are produced.

Let us know in the comments if you will be on board for new Mattel ThunderCats Classic figures in the comments section below whether they do Tygra and Cheetara initially or not.

See Dan's video and images below where he talks about his initial conversation about these figures below and check back throughout the weekend for more coverage from Power-Con where we should get more details about this stuff.

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InspectorZartan - 2019-03-15 @ 10:40 pm

Does anyone know if Mattel even has an active license with WB for Thundercats? Thats the part of this that confuses me. Without an active license firmly in place Im not sure why they would have tried to tease this product, but on the other hand if they do have an active license I dont know why they wouldnt try to capitalize on it.

InspectorZartan - 2019-03-14 @ 4:52 am

I have no hard data to support but I suspect its not so much an issue of if it can make but more a case of if it can make enough money to make the boses happyand when you are a large public traded company owned by stock holders that could care less about the toy industry and they areonly interested in what will get them the highest return (Mattel) then Thundercats isnt going to make them enough money to be happy. On the other hand a smaller company would probably love to collect the profits from a Thundercats line. Its all about expectations.

JayC - 2019-03-13 @ 1:21 pm
9 hours ago, Thinwheat said:

Such crap. How can you sit on a brand like the dang Thundercats for crying out loud and say stuff like, "Oh, well you guys have to ask for it more before we make anything. . . . durr durr duurrr"Fool, just make it! It's stinkin' Thundercats!Mattel gets the award for worst toy company for sure. Man, they suck sometimes.

Well I know there is a vocal group of TCats fans out there but if you look at the track record of the line it has seemingly demonstrated to not be a strong performer sales wise. Bandai America, Mezco, Mattel and even Funko have all tried and seemingly struggled to do well with the license and the last cartoon also performed poorly. I think the biggest problem is TCats are well enough known that WB probably charges a premium for the license and yet the actual number of people willing to buy the product isn't enough to support that price, so companies can't make a reasonable profit from it. When you compare ThunderCats to the likes of other popular 80's brands like Transformers, GIJoe, He-Man, they probably come in at the very bottom of that list for popularity. You see the same thing with other brands like MASK and such. You always hear a vocal group of fans clamoring for a new toy line, but the reality is that the numbers just aren't there to really support it. IDK if it was this thread or another one I said this, but I think the only reason Mattel was toying with the idea of restarting ThunderCats was because of the new animated series that fans hated but was in the works, which honestly I think may have been scrapped.

Thinwheat - 2019-03-13 @ 3:37 am

Such crap. How can you sit on a brand like the dang Thundercats for crying out loud and say stuff like, "Oh, well you guys have to ask for it more before we make anything. . . . durr durr duurrr"Fool, just make it! It's stinkin' Thundercats!Mattel gets the award for worst toy company for sure. Man, they suck sometimes.

sXeblues - 2018-09-29 @ 5:24 am

^ Tygra, Cheetara, Slythe, Monkey Manand Mummra, especially. Id at least like to be able to fill out the core team and have a villain or two, as well. Ive still gotta get my hands on Panthro and the twins, at some point.

abnuggler - 2018-09-29 @ 3:29 am

Im not holding my breath for this line to be revived (specially because its Mattel), dont get me wrong I really really wish the people at mattel see that there area lot of people who want this to happen, myselfbeing of them, if this line is revived and goes on Id support it as far as I could (hell I put up with matty collector and they awful service for a while, not looking forward for a repeat but Im just saying), Id buy as many figures as they make from this line (if they are done right and are accesible to most collectors) but if the line is just a complete the teams deal Id still be ok with that, give us 2 waves at the least.Wave 1: Tygra, Cheetara, Mummra The Everliving, Monkeyan, Grune& a 2 pack of mini figures with Snarf & SnarferWave 2:Linx-O, Bengali, Slythe, Vultureman, Jaga & a 2 pack mini figures with Ma-mutt & a Bearbil maybe

sXeblues - 2018-09-26 @ 4:19 am
On 8/27/2018 at 8:44 AM, mako said:

Almost a decade later and Mattel is still playing the "Everybody's Fault But Ours" game.

Here's an idea: Concentrate on the lines you ARE producing. If you put half the effort getting your product into stores that you put into sending bored looking reps and old prototypes to conventions, you'd run this industry.


Im still holding a bit of a grudge over the whole Matty Collector subscription thing, to this day. All Ive wanted, and all Ive ever asked for, is the availability to pick up the figures that I want, at somewhat of an affordable price. Not having to go through a paywall, or subscription service, or wade through the aftermarket scalpers.

I mean, Im not the smartestguy on the block, so maybe Im missing something here, but it seems to me that that particular business model isnt the best way to go. And, to my thinking, maybe thats what the real issue is not that the consumers arent willing to shell out everything including their first born, just at the privilege of owning a couple of their figures.

worldwarhulk - 2018-09-25 @ 6:58 am

I can only wish that they find a way to make this happen. The end of the Mattel/4H Thundercats Classics may have one of the saddest days in my toy collecting history. We barely got started with one of my most wanted toy lines, and the plug got pulled so quickly.

LimitedEdition - 2018-09-24 @ 11:18 pm

Believe it when I see it releases here.

I'm just glad MOTU classics was successful enough to see the complete classic vintage line released. Really incredible when you think about it.

NeedlessImmortals - 2018-09-23 @ 7:00 pm
On 9/20/2018 at 8:33 PM, dchimpy said:

Heck, I'd settle for just a Tygra and Cheetara two pack just to finish the main team at this point.

This is my thoughts exactly, if they can do at least one wave with these 2 in it I'll be happy.

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