normal_cap021Nine years ago today the website you’re visiting right now launched on the interwebs for the first time. This was hot on the heels of the geocities.com era when html warriors launched  a clutter of high energy websites that might have lacked in design, yet managed to be full of charm and love.

Amidst the colourful deluge, a rag tag group of ThunderCats fans hatched a plan to build a comprehensive online headquarters for ThunderCats enthusiasts, and here we are, nine years later with the 30th anniversary of our beloved cartoon just around the corner.

That’s right! In case you hadn’t already heard, January 23, 2015 is the 30th anniversary of the pilot episode, Exodus first airing on TV. Where did the time go, right? The team here at ThunderCats.org are working on a few projects and ideas to celebrate the upcoming 30th, so stay tuned for more details closer to the date.

In the meantime, to mark the occassion of the site’s birthday a few of the past and current team members have put together their recollections of the site’s early days, of their memories growing up with ThunderCats, and of their ambitions for the site and fandom as a whole.

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DSCF0072Manny R (mannyscollectibles) – Legacy Site Member – Toys Section

Being born in the 80s, it was inevitable that ThunderCats would have a huge impact on me, growing up with memorable characters and interesting storylines. It captured me so, that in the year 2004 I set my mind on getting all the toys that I never got to own as a kid.

I grew up with some of the ThunderCats toys but getting all I wanted was not always feasible. As an adult I could change this, so I over several years I acquired what would be an almost complete collection of the LJN line toys and variations released.

All in all it was a great time and this enjoyment of collecting toys led myself along with a few like minded members from the 80s fandom community to start our own website geared towards the franchise. Our goal was to be the go-to website for anything and everything ThunderCats and with a great collaboration between all the team members at the time we achieved one of the best sites on the web with toys being a great highlight among the ThunderCats community.

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Wilycub 2Wilycub – Current Staff Artist and Writer

I will always be grateful to my 5th grade friend who first introduced me to ThunderCats. Even though I always enjoyed watching a wide variety of cartoons, there was something inexplicable about ThunderCats that made me fall in love with the show immediately. Two decades later and I still get goosebumps when Lion-O summons his friends!

I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the ThunderCats.org team. I have made some great friends here who share the same passion for the show as I do. On the occasion of the site’s 9th birthday, I would like to extend a hearty congratulations to the entire team for the great job that they have done and to the forum members for sharing their experiences and memories and keeping ThunderCats alive. HO!
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Royalguardavatar2Justin aka ThunDerianRoyalGuard – Current Staff Toy Section Manager

I’ve been a ThunderCats fan and collector since 1989. I was six and got my first figures in the form of Grune the Destroyer and Hachiman. I can’t remember how frequently the show was aired, but I watched it whenever I could! Berbils and The Ghost Warrior were my favorite episodes so I really wanted a Berbil figure. Alas, I didnt get a Berbil, but a comic, Sword of Omens, Lion-O & Snarf, Panthro, Mumm-Ra, Slithe , Monkian, a  Mutant Fistpounder and a Cheetra were added to my collection and that was that. At least until I was 11. Somehow I got it into my head to collect the missing figures. I called all my friends and got them to sell me their ThunderCats! I went to fleamarkets and bought everything I could find. Those were the best times. I found dozens of complete figures for €0.50 or sometimes less! This continued for a few years and I soon had over 200 figures. When internet became a thing prices went up, but I still found great deals. And after 800 figures and hundreds of other items, I still do!

I joined the .Org in 2007 and found it to be a fountain of knowledge on all thing ThunderCats! I learned a lot and really enjoy sharing my knowledge and  information with all you guys . Seeing different collections from around the world, befriending fellow collectors and even getting some great items in the Marketplace, ThunDerCats.Org is fantastic! A while back I was asked to work on the Org’s Toy Section, which is a pleasure and a privilege. I hope to wrap up the modern TC Toys this year and continue updating and expanding the vintage stuff after that!

I hope this great community will grow and expand and we never forget the Code of ThunDera; Justice, Truth, Honor and Loyalty!

See you on the forums!

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zaxZack aka thezaxfactor – Staff Writer

As ThunderCats.org (née ThunderCatsLair) celebrates nine years as a gathering place for all fans, I’d like to give thanks to the myriad sites that came before, and that ignited our fandom’s renaissance. We owe so much to the creativity and passion of the fandom’s earliest webmasters, who burned bright and fast in an Internet much smaller and more colorful than today’s. I’m grateful, and I’m hopeful. We head into our tenth year here with a new injection of talent and an exciting roadmap for the coming years—there is so much to look forward to.  I can’t express how proud I am to be a part of this team, and I am so happy that the ThunderCats fandom lives on with such spirit.  All together now: Ho!

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We’re giving away a vintage LJN Jaga and a vintage LJN Mumm-Ra figure. To enter the draw all you have to do is post a happy birthday wish for the site on our forums at: www.thundercats.org/forums

We’ll announce the winners in three days time so that we can get the toys in the mail in time for Christmas. There will be two winners, each winner gets one toy each.

We’d like to take this chance to thank all of the rest of the team members past and present, and all the contributors who have sent in pictures, stories, articles and alerts. Thanks to all of the forum members and fans who make the site so much fun for us to work on.