While the Thundercats reboot was happening and releasing figures in both 4 inch and 6 inch scales, Bandai decided to capitalise on the success of the original cartoon and with the older fans by releasing a short lived Classics line. Due to the Thundercats reboot failing, the classics line faded after only 4 figures.
Lion-O was the first figure released in 2011 as part of the Classics line. He comes packed in this new style of collector friendly packaging. It was held together with tape, allowing people to take it out the box and then put it back in without damaging the packaging. The box is this hanging window box, where the buyer can see the figure and all the accessories within the box.
The back of the box follows on this classics theme and has pictures of Lion-O in trademark poses with the extended sword. In the upper left, we have a run down of the plot of Thundercats and it's impact on Pop Culture. On the bottom portion, we have a small "COLLECT THEM ALL!" box, showing the Tygra Classics figure and the 6 inch 2011 figures.
The figure, outside the packaging is an accurate representation of the 1985 character in plastic form. It's brilliantly sculpted and has loads of details in it. From wrinkles in his leotard, to the metallic paint on his belt and even defined muscles. Articulation wise, there's over 20 points at the neck, shoulders, biceps, wrists, abs, waist, thighs, knees and ankles. Accesories include: a loose hand, the claw shield, connector piece and two swords.
Like the Original Show, the Claw Shield can be worn on his right arm. All you need to do is remove the right hand, take the Claw Shield off the connector peg and slide it over the arm until it snaps into place. The dagger version of the sword can be placed in the shield as well, much like the original show. He carries both versions of the sword very comfortably in his hands and the sword is well detailed, with the open and closed eyes on the dagger and sword forms, looking like it jumped right out of the cartoon.
I like this figure. It's a fitting tribute to the 1980s cartoon as well as the original figure from LJN. It's been upgraded to a more modern standard to go alongside your NECA, McFarlane and other figures. If this is what Bandai did, I can't wait to see what Mattel will do. If you're interested in buying one, a boxed example will cost you around £40.