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The ThunderCats season 2 that could have been

ThunderCats… NNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Ever wondered why Season 2 was cancelled, and what it was going to be like? Wonder why the top rated show in it’s time slot for ages 18-34 could be cancelled? Well turns out Dan Norton, series Art Director has explained why.

The guys over at MTV Geek have the details:   MTV Geek News Article

Pictured (l-r): Shannon Eric Denton, Dan Norton, Larry Kenney

ThunderCats DS Game Giveaway winners announced!

We are pleased to announce that the lucky winners of our recent giveaways, with prizes kindly supplied by Bandai, as follows:

Giveaway #1: Forum Member Rizefall

Giveaway #2 First Prize: Forum Member WilyCub

WilyCub entered his digital vision of what could have been produced, if the classic Ljn toys would have continued… to check out his entry in full, be sure to visit our Forums here! However check out his digital custom Willa below!

Giveaway #2 Second Prize: Buddha McKeone

Buddha McKeone entered a concept for a new monument/landmark on Thundera. Check out his vision for this below, as well as art he had commissioned to represent his vision!

The Hall of Omens is the oldest structure in Thundera. It was the first ever to be built. It was built in the ancient times when the cats came to Third Earth. It was built as a monument to the cats freedom and designed to show their power.
It was designed to the ancient Thunderian architect, Tygris. He was one of only a few tigers ever welcomed in Thundera after out-casting them for their loyalty to Mumm-Ra. He was hand picked by the Lord of the Thundercats to design that would be the face of the Thundercats empire.
For the cats, the Hall of Omens acted as the first meeting place and was the “heart” of Thunderian society. The great leaders, thinkers, philosophers and minds of the day came there to discuss and debate,social and philosophical issues. The Hall of Omens also acted as the home of the original Lord of the Thundercats. This is where he his family, the first Thundercats, and clerics called home.
It took years to finish. But each and every stone of the Hall of Omens was laid by the original cats of Thundera, Thundercats and Lord of the Thundercats. It is said that the stones hold within them the energies and spirits of the First Thunderian ancestors because they put so much of themselves into building it. It is the oldest structure in Thundera but appears like it is new. Over the years the Hall of Omens has shown no sign of deterioration. This strange occurrence has only added to the ancient myth.
The tiger design was no mistake. The first Thundercats,and the Lord of the Thundercats agreed that the tigers head would be a constant reminder to the Tigers that they left their past and everything they were behind for the loyalty to Mumm-Ra. The wanted them to be able to see it from where ever they were on Third Earth. They also agreed that it would remind all cats of Thundera, from the Lord of the Thundercats, to the farmers in the fields, and future generations, of the repercussions of what can happens when you take the side of evil.
The construction of the first Cat’s Lair began immediately after completion of the Hall of Omens.
Comissioned artwork of how the Hall of Omens would look.

Micheal Jelenic and Dan Norton talk ThunderCats in SciFiNow magazine!

Our friends at SciFi Now magazine have compiled an excellent feature on the ThunderCats brand, covering both the 1980’s classic series and the recent re-imagining! The feature includes interviews with both Micheal Jelenic and Dan Norton, shedding light on the current situation with the new series and the potential for a film. ThunderCats fan favourite voice over actor, Larry Kenney is interviewed as well! So be sure to check it out!

The magazine is out now and should be available at all good newsagents!

For more information be sure to check out SciFiNow.co.uk!

Panini ThunderCats magazine issue 11 to be the final issue!

The final issue for Panini’s ThunderCats magazine will be issue 11, which should be available from newsagents on 10th January 2013. Fans familiar with the magazine up til now, will know that the comic strip was dropped in December last year, with issue 10 only including activities and puzzles. Many folks were wondering how much longer the magazine would run for, especially with the new ThunderCats seemingly winding down in the UK with many of the Bandai toys on clearance at places like Home Bargains.

The final issue was meant to include a free Thundertank toy, but it’s unknown if this anticipated toy will be included…. Many thanks to forum member starrcade89 for bringing this news to our attention.

Check out our forums here to join the discussion of this unfortunate, but much expected news: ThunderCats UK magazine discussion

Pictured, ThunderCats Issue 10 (first not to include comic)

ThunderCats Nintendo DS game and goodies Giveaway #2!

ThunderCats fans, we are now giving you a second chance to win some great prizes courtesy of Bandai with our second competition! The entry is very simple and all that is required is some creativity. What we want to see is your creative works for the ThunderCats, which can include almost anything! For example: Fan Art, Fan Fiction, Fan Videos, Custom figures/sculptures, Toy Collection photos etc…

and there isn’t any need to go and create a brand new piece either for this giveaway if your pushed for time. Existing pieces already on public view are eligable to enter! The competition will be judged upon how creative your piece of work is, so anyone of any skill level has equal chance of winning! You can also enter as many times as you like, so long as we receive a different piece of work for each entry.

To Enter: Simply email us a photo/scan of your entry or include a link to your piece where it’s posted online. Please also include your full name and address details (these are only used to send your prize if your a lucky winner and WILL NOT be passed on to any 3rd parties) You can send your entries to: neil@thundercatslair.org

Entry submissions will close on February 4th 2013, 12am ET, 9pm PT, 5am UK time and 6am European time. The competition is open to anyone worldwide!

Disclaimer-All prizes are provided by NAMCO Bandai. ThunderCatsLair.org bares no responsibility for lost or damaged prizes in the post. If you are under the age of 15, you will need to get your parents permission before entering. All entrants details are kept strictly private and are only used in order to send you your prize. Winner will be notfied by email by February 6th 2013.

Team members of the site are not allowed to participate in any of the giveaways. If you have any questions about entering the giveaways, don’t hesitate to email us at the above address.

My own creative piece of work from when I was a kid! I made this because I bought the tape (ex-rental) from my local video shop and sadly the cover  was missing…

ThunderCats DS Video Game Giveaway 1!

The folks at Namco Bandai have been generous enough to send over a few ThunderCats DS games to give out to our forum members (you must join our forums and have an established account). In order to win one of three copies of the game here are the requirements for the first of the giveaways:

Giveaway #1:


-View the official trailer for the game right above on this post, once you watch it the only requirement for it is to post on the forums what you liked about the game the most (from watching the clip), or it could even be anything in general you liked about the clip itself. We’ll do a random drawing for this one. It’s that simple!

Entry submissions will close on January 31st 2013, 12AM Eastern Time, 9pm PT time,  7pm UK time and 8pm European time  (now extended from original closing date!) The competition is open to anyone worldwide!

Disclaimer-All prizes are provided by NAMCO Bandai. ThunderCatsLair.org bares no responsibility for lost or damaged prizes in the post. If you are under the age of 15, you will need to get your parents permission before entering. All entrants details are kept strictly private and are only used in order to send you your prize. Winners will be notfied by private message via the forums.

Team members of the site are not allowed to participate in any of the giveaways.

Look out for details on the other two chances to win the game as well as a few other goodies in the next couple of days!

ThunderCats Nintendo DS game by Namco Bandai out now!


A brand new ThunderCats game for the Nintendo DS, based on the recent re-imagining of  ThunderCats is out right now! Our good friends at Namco Bandai sent along all the details on this exciting new release:

The hit animated high-action series claws its way onto the Nintendo DS™! Become Lion-O and battle Mumm-Ra
and his evil forces as you run, jump, and slash your way through action ripped straight from the new animated
series. Wield the incredible power of the Sword of Omens in this epic side-scrolling adventure.

• Intense and dynamic gameplay – Exciting swordplay, huge robot battles and more
• Master Lion-O’s special attacks – Deal devastating damage with the Sword of Omens
• Summon the rest of the Thundercats – Call upon Tygra, Cheetara, Panthro, WilyKat & WilyKit to help in diffi cult
battles. Each character possesses a unique support function and attack
• Collect Memorial Cards – Unlock and acquire memorial cards by completing objectives throughout the game

PLATFORM: Nintendo DS™
GENRE: Action Adventure
RELEASE: 30th October 2012

DEVELOPER: Aspect Digital Entertainment
PLAYERS: 1 player

For more information on Namco Bandai Games, be sure to visit: www.namcobandaigames

Keep an eye on the front page of the site, as we will be uploading  a clip from the game, along with details on how to win your very own copy courtesy of Bandai Namco Games! However be sure to check out the screenshots from the game below!

Bandai ThunderCats exclusive 4-pack figure set at Argos in the UK!

Thanks to forum member ThunDagar II, we have learned that Bandai is selling a 4-pack of previously released ThunderCats 4″ figures at Argos. The pack is similiar to the US Target store exclusive ‘Eye of Thundera’ pack, but contains different figures (aside from Snarf)

The re-pack includes the golden Lion-O from the Armor of Omens with both versions of the Sword of Omens and the Claw Shield, Clear Tygra (named as such on the box) sans weaponry from the Tower of Omens playset, wave 2 Mumm-Ra with the folded back wings and Sword of Plundarr and the Snarf, which came with the ThunderTank.

This set is advertised at £24.99, instantly reduced from the £29.99 RRP. The pack should be available in most Argos stores and for home delivery. Check the Argos website out here: Argos Exclusive ThunderCats 4-pack.

Unfortunately Argos do not deliver outside the UK, so any fans wanting this, who are outside the UK will need to get a friend in the UK to pick it up for them.

Power-Con/Thunder-Con now less than a week away!

The first ever convention jointly dedicated to both He-Man and ThunderCats returns again next saturday and promises to be bigger and better than last year! You can join the fun at the Torrance Marriott South Bay 3635 Fashion Way,Torrance, California 90503! The convention takes place saturday 22nd – sunday 23rd September.

ThunderCats related guests to look out for include:


If you watch TV or listen to radio, you know his voice or more accurately, his voices. Larry Kenney famously brought life to Lion-O, Lord of the ThunderCats, from the original ThunderCats cartoon and voice of Claudius, Lion-O’s and Tygra’s Father, in the new ThunderCats series from Cartoon Network.


Kevin Kliesch is the composer for the new ThunderCats series on Cartoon Network. His score has been nominated for for the Annie Award and GoldSpirit Award, and he himself was a GoldSpirit Award nominee for Breakout Composer of the Year.


Ms. Lipton is a talented film, stage, screen, and voice actress who worked on the original ThunderCats cartoon series. She brought one of the most popular ThunderCats alive, Cheetara, by providing her voice during the entire series run.


Jim Meskimen is a comedian and actor who is voicing Aburn, member of the Elephants race and ally of the ThunderCats, in the new ThunderCats series airing on Cartoon Network. As a man of many talents, he was also a conceptual artist and  lead character designer for the original ThunderCats cartoon.


Matthew Mercer is a talented voice actor who currently brings the character of Tygra to life in the new ThunderCats cartoon series on Cartoon Network.


Pepe Moreno is a comic book artist, writer, and video game developer who served as the secondary character designer for the original ThunderCats series.


Peter Newman is best known to ThunderCats fans for being the voice actor to bring the popular character Tygra to life in the original cartoon series. In addition to Tygra, he also provided the voices for Wilykat, Bengali, and Monkian.


Dan Norton is the Art Director on the brand new ThunderCats series airing on Cartoon Network.


Gerrianne Raphael is an actress who provided the voices for Chilla, Pumyra, and Jaguara on the original ThunderCats cartoon series.

and if your also a big He-Man and the Masters of the Universe fan, there are far too many guests to list here! Be sure to check out: Power-Con Guest List

The convention will also have many vendors selling all kinds of He-Man, She-ra and ThunderCats merchandise! Well worth attending the convention whether your a He-Man, She-ra, ThunderCats fan or certainly if your a fan of all 3 iconic cartoons of the 1980’s!

The admission for the convention is as follows (kids 12 or under get in free!):

-Saturday Pass: $25

-Sunday Pass: $15

-Saturday and Sunday: $30

For full and complete details about the convention, be sure to check out: Thepower-con.com

For news coverage from the convention be sure to check out our forums where fans are sure to report on all ThunderCon news!

New episodes of ThunderCats now airing in the UK!

After finishing it’s run of the second half of Season 1, in the USA earlier this year, episodes 14-26 are now being aired daily on Cartoon Network Too each morning and afternoon (7.30am and 4.30pm) Unfortunately we are a little late reporting this and it’s thanks to our keen forum members that we even know about this! However it’s likely that all 13 new episodes will be repeated in rotation.

So be sure to tune in and tell us what you think once you’ve caught all the new episodes! You can join in the discussion of each episode on the forums by visiting each of the following links:

-ThunderCats Episode 14 “New Alliances” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 15 “Trials of Lion-O Part 1″ OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 16 “Trials of Lion-O Part 2″ OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 17 “Native Son” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 18 “Survival of the Fittest” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 19 “The Pit” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 20 “Curse of Ratilla” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 21 “Birth of the Blades'” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 22 The Forever Bag OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 23 “Recipe For Disaster” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 24 “The Soul Sever” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 25 “What Lies Above part 1″ OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD

-ThunderCats Episode 26 “What Lies Above (part 2)” OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD!