What an Ace Cartoon this was.
It almost exactly replaced He-Man in my affections. And like He man it had a very clear group of baddies and goodies. And also a magic sword that protected the good people. He-man had the Sword of Greyskull, and Thundercats had the “Sword of Omens” that contaned the “Eye of Thundera” that was the source of the Thundercats power and could also enable Lion-o to see wherever he wanted – especially if his friends were in danger!
The sword would also get bigger when he chanted “Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats, Ho!” and shoot a red lazer-beam into the sky, alerting all the Thundercats nearby. I would have LOVED one of those as a kid.
I did have the figures but nothing like the sword of Omens!
The series was originally made in 1984, and was based on the characters created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf apparently (I’ve always wanted a middle name that’s in inverted commas). In case you didn’t know – and how could you NOT? - The TV Programme follows the adventures of a group of cat-like humanoid aliens. The characters were like big cats – Lion-o, Cheetara, Pathra, and Snarf and Tygra (who was like an ordinary cat), they all talked. Their nemesis, and there is always a nemesis, was Mumrah the Everliving.
The main plot of the programme is that the Thundercats land on Earth after their home world has been destroyed, and they have fleed a mutant attack. However, the intrusion of this alien race upon the world does not go unnoticed! The demonic, mummified sorcerer, Mumm-Ra, recruits the Mutants (The Thundercat’s enemies) to aid him in his campaign to acquire the Eye of Thundera and destroy the ThunderCats.
You can always tell a child from the 80’s I reckon, because if you creep up behind them and say “Thunder! Thunder!” They wil almost definitely add “Thundercats Ho!” Without even thinking!