“ Manufacturer: LJN „
There's something about old action figure "baddies" that really capture the imagination of young kids and the young adults who remember playing with them.
Due to modern technologies, action figures aren't nearly as popular as they were. This is because on the face of it, the concept is too simple and requires too much work and imagination on the part of the child. But for me this was the wonderful part.
I received the "Jackalman" action figure like I received all of my thundercats toys - as a birthday or Christmas present.
Being obsessed with the cartoon, each and every character was a must have - the bad guys as much as the good ones.
This particular character I found especially striking and interesting because of his facial expression and bright maroon and yellow skin / body hair. He seemed as scary as they come; add to that the the club that he carries around and his strapped on armour, and he made / makes for a brilliant "bad guy".
Whether he is still available now or not, I can't be sure. Whether any children nowadays would be interested in him or not, i'm even less sure. Despite this he will always retain a place in my memory as a wonderful childhood action figure - and even if you aren't into thundercats, he makes for a great villain generally.
As always, small pieces can be dangerous for young kids. But I suspect the only owners of this toy nowadays will be collectors or those, like me, who had it as a child.
The villains in the hit tv show Thundercats were infinitely more appealing than the heroes. Jackalman remains one of the favourite baddies. A nervy, sly sort of character who hung around with Slythe and Monkyon. The three were pals and were always trying to cause mischief for Lion O and his followers. Under the instruction of the evil Mumm Ra, Jackalman would be sent on numerous missions to bring destruction to the heroes. Naturally, he would always fail his missions and wind up in sticky situations. Often falling down holes, getting caught in nets or crashing vehicles, his hapless nature made him an enduring and likeable character.
LJN produced a range of action figures from the show. Each figure was made from plastic. Jackalman stands at over five inches in height and does look like a jackal. He has an arched back and a sneering face which appears to be snarling at you. His fur has been very well designed with great texturing and a superb glossy finish to make it look real. Sporting a lack of clothes, he looks ready to give chase and his armour serves a purpose of protection, this sits neatly around his shoulder and can be removed around the back of the figure. The figure comes with a good sized chunky weapon which he grips in his paw. This can be used to club victims.
The toys are hard to find boxed these days, so except to grab a loose figure for about three to four pounds online. The figure is one of the better ones in the line up, thanks to solid design work and accurate colour choices. Worth getting for action figure fans and as asset to the series.