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When I was a kid, Thundercats was one of the biggest crazes. My brother and I had various toys from the shows we liked, and between us we had a Panthro and a Lion-O figurine. This Panthro figure was the sturdiest really, well designed and thought out.
The phrase goes that they don't make them like they used to, and it's so very true. I've seen some of the supposedly best quality figurines that can be bought for various different shows, and the build quality isn't that robust. This Panthro figurine though is extremely tough. A short figure, the character has gentle muscle definition, with rotation at the neck, shoulders and hips so that the head, arms and legs can move.
I found that incorporating the Thundercats figurines along with those from Mask and Transformers created fun crossovers with other shows I liked, and I still have the toys from them as well. Panthro's arms work independently as do the legs, so you can pose him for various actions, as well as turning the head round from side to side (it even goes all the way round!).
His hands have gaps between the fingers and thumb, allowing for the accessory nunchuks to go in. There's a red one and a blue one, each with a panther's head that in the cartoons has a special gas that comes out of it. The toy doesn't have this, it's just the toy. The design of the bodywork is also very well done, mirroring the character just how I remember it. My eldest son and I have watched the old cartoons recently, and he loves this figurine.
The face has a sort of grimace on it, and although this is obviously a sort of battle face and Panthro was the biggest and bulkiest of the Thundercats, he was also the most gentle and the least likely to pull that face. I didn't think this was quite so in keeping with the show, and my son picked up on it as well. Not a big point, but worth noting. Some may say it could be a bit scary for younger kids, but I'm not so sure about that, you can make your own mind up.
The artwork is good, with the clothing that the character wore and the logos all well replicated. The durability as I have said is also impressive. The arms have never come off, nor have the legs or head, and there's hardly any damage to the artwork from years of use. This may be partly because I treated it well, but the vast majority of my toys took a right bashing at one point or another and this would have been no exception, it has just stood the test of my playing a bit better is all.
So, very durable and very accurate in its design, this is a toy which still mirrors a show I remember well and is available to watch still. You can buy the box set and although they have remade Thundercats with more modern designs of character, I still reckon the old ones are the best, and the design of this toy is just as strong as any new toys that get made now - perhaps even more so. If you can get hold of this, it's a great toy, although I couldn't say how much it would cost. It's quality though, through and through.
Who's this handsome beast of a man then? Why, it's Panthro from the cartoon show 'Thundercats.' Panthro was the strong but kind hearted warrior of the group. He was all about physical presence and stamina but was also loyal and ready to help his friends out when they were in trouble. Toymaker LJN made a toy of this character in the late eighties.
Panthro is a very satisfying and chunky figure, made from plastic with a head that rotates and arms and legs that also move. This allows new poses to be created. I had my figure years ago but you can buy loose versions for a few pounds online. To get a fully kitted figure with accessories, you might pay nearer ten pounds or more.
The toy has a great colour scheme with a pleasing paint job all over and vivid blue boots. My favourite part was the studded swimsuit thing he wears, I always found it rather kinky! The underpant area is snug and offset with the Thundercat logo which looks cool.
Panthro has a stern face and he looks ready to eat you. I feel his anger might upset sensitive kids, but he is quite harmless really. Watch out for his scary nunchucks which he uses. Attached on a chain, he can use this weapon to swing at enemies. If you buy Panthro, be sure to get his best mate Tigra, they work well together.
This is a well made robust toy that will withstand being thrown around. One of the sturdiest action figures about, the LJN range are all very well made and will provide hours of play fun for kids. Likewise, sci fi fans will want to own this cool character and he looks mean as a display piece.