| Included in set:
Thundarr, Ariel, Ookla the Mok
Ruby-Spears' early 80's sci-fi cartoon is getting the action
figure treatment from Toynami (along with a number of other
retro action cartoons, like the Herculoids).
The original Saturday Morning cartoon series was not unlike
Conan the Barbarian, except set in a apocalyptic future, where
both science and swords & sorcery were a way of life. While
maybe not the best-written piece of animation, it still provided
some good fun for kids.
This series includes the cartoon's stalwart team - Thundarr
with his Sunsword, Princess Ariel with a ball of magic, and
Ookla the Mok with his bow and arrow. The figures are around
6.5 inches tall and have the usual points of articulation
(elbows, shoulder, knees). Since the figures are modeled after
the cartoon, they don't have an amazing degree of detail,
but they do manage to represent the characters well and fans
will be pleased with the finished product. The figures themselves
are sturdy and have some nice volume, even if their accessories
could be a little better (but that's really just being nitpicky).
main problem with the line is that there really isn't much
room within the series for Toynami to go. Once the initial
three figures are out, that's it. Don't expect too many enemy
figures (I wouldn't mind seeing a Gemini figure, mind you)
or established side characters to pop-up in a second series.
Heck, don't even expect an alternative costume line to show
up in specialty shops. But, that isn't Toynami's fault. They
can only work with what the series gives them.
With that said, fans of the cartoon will flock to this series
and buy it up quickly. The figures are done well enough to
please the serious fans. Considering there wasn't any push
to make figures when the cartoon initially came out, this
series can prove to be a nice trip down memory lane for some.
Those who didn't pay much attention to the cartoon will skip
it as there isn't much in the way of extras that the series