The highly anticipated first wave of ThunderCats Ultimates! from Super7 is about to be shipped to collectors worldwide. We’ve spoken with well-known YouTuber and toy reviewer Toy Bro, aka Jared Elswick, about each figure in the line. Yesterday’s post focused on Lion-O. Next up, Mumm-Ra! Check out Toy Bro’s full video review below, plus the second part of our Q&A and some exciting first-look stills.
TC.org: Welcome back, Jared! The second figure you reviewed is everyone’s favorite demon priest, Mumm-Ra. What were your first thoughts on this figure?
TB: Well, the Mumm-Ra we got from Matty was among my favorites in that line, so I was really excited for him to begin with. This version really just came across as the same figure I already liked, but with some tweaks and more stuff, which I’m always down for.
TC.org: This was originally a Club exclusive way back in 2016. What do you think about the fact that Super7 included it as a regular figure this time around? Does it take away anything from the figure for you now that it isn’t “exclusive”, per se?
TB: I think it’s a good inclusion in the first wave. Considering it was easy to get from Matty, ended up on clearance and even found its way to GameStop stores, it lost its luster as an exclusive a long time ago, I think.
TC.org: What are your thoughts when it comes to this Mumm-Ra and how its inclusion of extra accessories and a soft goods robe differs from the 2016 version, which has demanded high secondary market prices?
TB: I think changing it up was a good idea, just for what the Ultimates! line is all about. I equate this wave of figures to the MOTU Ultimates they did. Reissues, essentially, with some tweaks and new accessories. For these figures we already got from Mattel, making them different was important to draw in people to re-buy them, but also to offer new buyers more bang for their buck, considering the higher price point. And really, at this point, that Mattel Mumm-Ra has kind of plummeted in value—I think demand for that figure has lessened as we draw closer to the Ultimates! release. I honestly expect the Super7 figure will end up being more pricey on the aftermarket once it dries up at the partner sites like BBTS.
TC.org: Speaking of the soft goods robe, what is your personal preference when it comes to this type of inclusion with an action figure? We already have Jaga coming with both (much like the TMNT Ultimates! Splinter), as well as Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living coming with just a soft goods version.
TB: Generally, it depends. Soft goods can be great, or they can be very much not great. After seeing Splinter’s robe I was far more interested in what this means for ThunderCats because it was really well done.
TC.org: The Mattel version had two plastic robes, while the Super7 one has a replica of one and omits the other entirely. Of those two robes, which was your favorite?
TB: Well I always displayed my Mattel figure with the more closed robe, so that one was my preference at the time, but I think with this figure, thanks to the soft goods robe, I’ll use that and make a sort of transformation scene with the cape blowing back and the Icon Heroes Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living statue.
TC.org: You’re a self-proclaimed ThunderCats fan, so let’s test your ThunderCats knowledge. Which episode does the Book of Fauxmens (the fake Book of Omens) feature in?
TC.org: Yep! Can you name the other (new) accessories’ first appearances? And no googling!
TB: The Rosencrantz Medallion appeared in “The Zaxx Factor”, and the thundranium urn is from “Together We Stand”.
TC.org: When it comes to displaying your action figures, what do you normally do when there are duplicates or alternate versions of figures? The new Lion-O could easily be displayed with the growling head as the Mumm-Ra’s Lion-O disguise from “Return of the ThunderCubs”, and the new Panthro could represent his clone from “Spitting Image”. What will you do with this new Mumm-Ra? Replace the other one? Keep them both on display?
TB: It depends on the figure, I suppose, but in cases like this I’ll end up displaying them in different settings. The neutral heads for more of a team setup and the alternate heads for more action poses or battle scenes, things like that. When I get around to setting up a new display, that is. Mumm-Ra I’m not decided on, but I’ll likely display the Matty version with the closed cape and use the soft goods cape on the Super7. I don’t see myself “retiring” anything just yet.
TC.org: Speaking of displaying your action figures, these new Ultimates! have soooo many accessories. Apart from the extra hands and heads, what do you normally do with the accessories?
TB: I tend to get a figure “equipped” and then let it ride and store the rest away. Sometimes I’ll change things out, but honestly I rarely find the time for it. The good thing about this first wave is that, with the use of the Matty figures, I can have a couple different versions of the character in different poses with different accessories at the same time.
TC.org: The first draft of Super7’s packaging had the box entirely in red. But with its change to black, we were all blown away by the updates. The foil! The original logo! The black and white background! Does the nostalgia in the packaging make this release even more special to you as a collector?
TB: I am 100% on board with this packaging. I like the Ultimates! box format all around, from the slipcover design to the shape, all of it. The black/red scheme with the foil logo is fantastic, and there are great vintage callbacks here, not to mention the amazing vintage artwork on the back of the box—probably the most iconic piece of art for me, personally. When I think vintage ThunderCats, I think that image.
TC.org: Lastly, if you could have an exclusive or alternate version of Mumm-Ra, what would it be?
TB: I’d love a toy-colored version of Ever-living Mumm-Ra. I hope we can get to that point with this line.
TC.org: Thanks again, Jared, for taking the time to answer our burning questions. We’ll catch up again with you tomorrow for the review of Panthro!
Jared “Toy Bro” Elswick is a longtime toy collector and hobbyist. In 2017 he turned his passion for action figures into a YouTube channel in order to have an outlet for expressing his views on the properties he collects. It has since become a huge part of his daily routine to review, discuss and promote action figures on YouTube and across social media.