Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats, Ho!
This cartoon was ace. Brill. ‘mazin’. And I even had all the figures for it as well.
The series was originally made in 1984, and was based on the characters created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf apparently (I’ve always wanted a middle name that’s in inverted commas).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.
I had the action figures of Mumrah and Cheetara (she was very fast) and snarf. I liked Snarf, because he was always making jokes. Though he was useless in a battle. I really wanted Lion-o and the “Sword of Omens”.
Also, Lion-O's eyes and Mumm-Ra's eyes would illuminate when a special battery-powered key ring that came with the figure was pressed into a slot in their backs.
I wasn’t mad mad for Thundercats – though the same as He-Man I loved the whole special sword – but I had a few other Thundercats related things such as the game ThunderCats: The Lost Eye of Thundera, for Commodore64 and also a board game, and lunch box!
They were great fun to play with – especially Mumrah’s magic eyes, I LOVED that feature! I would play out as many of the plots as I could – though in truth I probably made up a lot more of my own – I remember that the series began with the dying Thundera meeting its end (A bit like Superman), forcing the ThunderCats to flee their homeworld. They have the Sword of Thundera which is the source of the ThunderCats' power.
They land on Earth and the intrusion of their 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.
As you can imagine, the Thundercats were never destroyed on my watch! Though that’s not strictly true as my figures did eventually break and were forgotten. Saying that, so did the Figure of Mumrah, that was unceremoniously eaten by a dog! Everliving? Perhaps not.