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      15.07.2010 12:03
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      Thundercats Cheetarah figure

      In the 1980s, when Thundercats was fast becoming one of the most popular cartoons of the decade, a series of figurines related to the cartoon were released. The cartoons focused on a group of humanoid felines, with their leader, Lion-O, modelled on a lion, then came Tigra, Panthro, and Cheetara, as the main adult heroes.

      Cheetara was the only female adult, based on a cheetah. As such, they gave her the characteristics of a cheetah, with super speed and agility. To help, she had a stick with her that extended to just over her height. The action figure certainly reflects the character in the cartoon, that's for sure, in terms of the outfit and appearance. Cheetarah seems to have a cross between a wrestler and a glam rocker, with face paint as opposed to makeup and eye paint. Her big blonde/golden hair from the cartoon is certainly given a good go here, although it's always going to be hard to completely capture this. They do a good job.

      Then comes the outfit, which is realistically similar to the cartoon, boots just below the knee, tights and a leotard, all deep oranges and reds. She also comes with the accessory stick, although this is a non changeable one and comes as the full length version, which I thought was a shame. It would have been nice to see the extendable one come with the character.

      My main gripe here actually is about the quality. I don't doubt the likeness to the character in the cartoon, but compared to the Lion-O and Panthro characters that were released, this seems rather poor in terms of the quality of the product. The arms and legs aren't very well defined, and the body is somewhat squat and undefined. Cheetara in the cartoon was lithe and slender. This seems more like an ill proportioned figure to me.

      There is a certain amount of interactivity, with moveable limbs and also a control on her back in the form of a lever/button that you can push down to make her arm move. This is something she has in common with other Thundercats figures, a feature other brands of figures at the time didn't really have. It sets them aside somewhat, which is nice. Sadly, ours broke quite easily, so you can't be too rough with it (or get sand in it!!!)

      I do recommend these toys, and not just because they're collectors' items. Rumour has it these fetch up to around the £40 mark for collectors, which is very good, so if you have one, it's worth holding on to it or finding a collector who wants to part with a decent bit of cash for it, if you're not too worried about keeping hold of it and could do with the cash. Not the best figure, really, although there is distinct clarity in terms of the clothes and appearance of hair, etc. Poorly shaped figure with average attention to detail in terms of its construction, it has a nice interactive feature and an accessory that I felt could have been adapted more in line with the cartoon. Worth some dosh, but not the best figure.

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        08.07.2010 01:19
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        A super cool kitty cat for your collection

        A long long time ago, way back in the mystical era that was the mid 1980's, a fearsome character called Lion O, was the butch orange haired leader of the Thundercats. His band of trusty followers included a variety of other part cat, part humanoid figures who fought bravely along side Lion O, one of whom was Cheetara.

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        We had a whole collection of Thundercats at one time and Cheetara was a real favorite as she was a cute lady Thundercat. Cheetara was one mean kitty when faced with an enemy and not a lady Thundercat to be messed with.

        She was voiced in the tv series by Lynn Lipton who gave Cheetara a strong yet feminine feline image to match the way she was within the tv series.

        I think this 'can do' female attitude is carried through by the Cheetara figurine. After all Cheetara certainly looks like a kool kitty that can stand up for herself. I bet she has a fully working set of claws to match her razor sharp style too. Meaow!

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        She is dressed in a vivid orange/ red jumpsuit which gives her an almost Maddonaesque disco dancers physique, crossed the boyishly gorgeous and at times slightly androgynous Jamie Lee Curtis.

        Her hair is a vivid mass of fully spiked and gelled pale honey ginger, with a sprinkling of black cheetah spots to set it off. I do wonder if they modelled Cheetara's hair on the mid 1980's Jane Fonda, during her fitness kick era, as I think Jane Fonda had a very similar 'do' at the time (minus the cheetah spots of course!).

        Either way Cheetara is a kitty kat who can and does stand up for herself as well as the next cat. She is a formidable looking figure who wears her wrestler style deep orange/ red knee high boots and Thundercats black logo with pride. She does make a stunning figure thats for sure.

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        She can battle with the best of them and has a hidden talent in that she can use her special 'battlematic' fighting action. In other words she has a button on her back, that you can press to make her lift her fighting arm. This means that she is always ready to fight with any opponent who is foolish enough to sneak up on her.

        Cheetara's face is nicely made up with striking orange patches that cover her high cheek bones and eyes, which give her a sexy yet almost glam rock styling.

        Her weapon of choice seemed to always be a rather nasty and pointy javelin type thing and she comes with a less harmful plastic version of this very weapon. Some versions of Cheetara came with a small Willycat figure, but ours didn't have one with it. It was just the slinky yet deadly Cheetara, that we bought. She was in a cardboard backed, plastic fronted pack at the time.

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        If you are lucky enough to own an original Cheetara these days you may be surprised to know that a well looked after original 1980's era toy would now set you back at least £40 unboxed! If you are looking to buy one, then the best places to look would be specialist collecting outlets or online stores.

        As collectable figures go Cheetara is both unusual and well thought of by collectors. I think her unusual attire and design makes her unique and whilst she doesn't have fully posable arms and legs and can only stand, or sit straight legged, I don't think that matters too much.

        She can till turn heads as a grand old lady, so I am rating her as a 4 star figure, as Lion O is the more Iconic and sought after figure.

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        11.06.2010 11:03

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        1980's classic action figure.

        The lady of the bunch is perhaps the most colourful and memorable. "Cheetara" as she's known, follows the cat theme of "thundercats" (unsurprisingly) by adding a cheetah woman into the mix. She's predictably fast and wiley, and comes with a big stuck to poke things with.

        In character form, she's even more beautiful! No joke! Her skin is pale yellow and spotted, her hair gold, her face covered in tribal make up and her attire bright red, orange and maroon. What more could you want in a female action figure?

        Yes, along with Panthera, Tigra and Lion-o, Cheetera is one of the main people in the gang. It's therefore neccessary for any child or collector to have her - which I do!

        Her arms move, her head moves, and her legs move into some rather questionable positions for a child's action toy. She's nimble, petite, and a wonderful addition to an otherwise male dominated gang of cats.

        As I said in the last number of reviews, action figures like this just don't exist any more. They don't make them like they used to, and for this reason and all those stated above, there can be few better action figures from the 1980's!

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        19.12.2009 21:31
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        good toy

        The first lady of Thundercats, Miss Cheetara. Cheetara made her debut in the pilot episode of Thundercats and remained a constant in the hit cartoon show. She was furiously adored by fans, particularly males...it is perhaps easy to see why!

        The success of the show led to a toy range from LJN. Cheetara was one of the first toys produced and is a desirable collectible. She stands about five inches in height and bears a pretty good likeness to the Cheetara from the programme. Her face has been crafted well with a petite looking mouth and carefully drawn eyes. She even has the stripes at the side of the eyes which is most endearing.

        Her lovely blonde locks are swept back in a slick fashion, giving her an air of readiness, the hair is flecked with black spots. Most interesting though is her extremely tight costume! Her leotard is skintight and shows off her curves very well. The toymakers have paid close attention to shaping her chest accurately and keeping her frame slender and athletic.

        Her legs look slim yet muscular and her boots have a lovely sheen to them, correct with the right colours too. Cheetara is fully poseable, so you can twist her head, move her arms full circle and also bend her legs, so you make her do the splits, which is great fun!

        She comes with a staff, though her weapon is a bit flimsy and could bend easily and even snap, so be careful. She is not widely sought after by collectors, as she is one of the more common figures, so expect to pay in the region of three pounds for a loose toy. Finding one boxed might be tricky, as these are harder to come by.

        Cartoon fans will delight in the toy and she makes a neat display piece.

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