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Volume 1: Exodus Volume 2: Pumm-Ra Volume 3: Spitting Image Volume 4: Trouble with Time Volume 5: The Ghost Warrior
Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol. 4 Vol. 5
Volume 6: Lord of the Snows Volume 7: Return to Thundera Volume 8: The Fireballs of Plun-Darr Volume 9: The Wolfrat Volume 10: Spaceship Beneath the Sands
Vol. 6 Vol. 7 Vol. 8 Vol. 9 Vol. 10
Volume 11: Safari Joe Volume 12: Tower of Traps Final Thoughts
Vol. 11 Vol. 12

All ThunderCats home videos in the United States were produced by Family Home Entertainment (F.H.E.) and distributed by MCA Distributing Corporation between 1985 and 1989. Except for Volume 1, which featured the famous pre-production key art, all the F.H.E. volumes featured original cover art and package design attributed to “The Art Department”.

The first five volumes, released starting in 1985 and 1986, were designed and packaged in oversized boxes and featured silver and green labels on the cassettes themselves, with either navy blue clamshell cases or, more commonly, black plastic trays to house the cassettes. They were also released in standard sized sleeves, with the artwork either bordered along the bottom in black, or shrunken and surrounded by a silver border on all sides. The latter volumes, released between 1987 and 1989, were designed exclusively in the standard size, most with white and purple labels on the cassettes rather than silver.

Images of labels and internal packaging coming soon.

Many F.H.E. releases featured multiple episodes, though the opening theme and end credits play only once per video, with title cards as the only interstitial elements. Most releases also feature either pre- or post-roll advertising for other F.H.E. home videos, the details of which are listed below.

Finally, a special shoutout: all small box home videos pictured below were acquired from the collection of Jesse Howard, who bought them “with lawn mowing money” directly from home video distributors starting around 1989.

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VOL. 1: EXODUS

Volume 1 Front
Catalog No. 26444
Big Box Cassette dated 9/1/85
Small Box Cassette Label dated 1991 (indicating six years of ongoing production)
ISBN[1] 1-55658-154-8
Year of First Release:[2] 1985
Running Time: 75 Minutes
Featured Episodes: “Exodus”, “The Unholy Alliance”, “Berbils”, “The Slaves of Castle Plun-Darr”

From beyond any known galaxy, bringing with them the laws and ideals of their doomed planet, come the ThunderCats. These brave and courageous cat-like humanoids carry with them the powerful Sword of Omens, which contains the mysterious Eye of Thundera—the source of power for all the ThunderCats. But there’s also a treacherous band of hideous mutants from the planet Plundar [sic] who want the sword. Crash landing on Earth, the ThunderCats battle these evil creatures who are aided by the supernatural powers of the deadly and mysterious Mum-Ra [sic]. You’ll experience many incredible adventures in this epic science fiction saga.

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Volume 1 Back Volume 1 Left Spine Volume 1 Front Volume 1 Right Spine

Notes:

  • This home video features  “The Lost Intro” before the theme song.
  • While the title card for “Exodus” appears before “Exodus”, no other title cards appear.
  • Described on the back cover as a “full-length animated film”, this volume edits the first four episodes of ThunderCats together with some notable additions, cuts and changes to scene order as compared to the standalone broadcast versions.
  • “Exodus” and “The Unholy Alliance” were originally broadcast together as a one-hour special in January 1985, and their edit on this home video is equivalent to the edit that was broadcast.
  • The additions to “Exodus” are well-documented here.
  • “The Unholy Alliance” features cuts to some of the Mutants’ dialogue, specifically the banter about comparing the terrain of Third Earth to that of their beloved Plun-Darr. It also reorders the final two scenes, placing Mumm-Ra’s threat last—an intentional cliffhanger to cap the premiere broadcast.
  • “Berbils” is the most different. The episode is reordered, opening with Lion-O and Snarf in the woods. The scene in which the other ThunderCats mention Lion-O’s absence is therefore removed. Also removed is the entire Trollog-Giantor sequence!
  • “The Slaves of Castle Plun-Darr” features different music during the opening sequence—the ThunderKittens’ theme. The only cut is Panthro’s “flying colors” line about the ThunderTank’s trial run.
  • This volume (reportedly along with other early volumes) was also released on Betamax. The two differently-sized cassettes could account for the big box design—a one-size-fits-all approach to packaging during the format wars.
  • The small box package design includes an age recommendation: “For ages 7–12”.
  • The catalog number for this volume, 26444, comes numerically after Volume 2’s 26408. Moreover, the cassette itself features the white and purple label of the later volumes and is copyrighted 1991!

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising:

  • G.I. Joe: “Countdown for Zartan”
  • G.I. Joe: “Cobra’s Creatures”
  • G.I. Joe: “Red Rocket’s Glare”
  • G.I. Joe: “Cobra Stops the World”
  • G.I. Joe: “Satellite Down”
  • Transformers: “Divide and Conquer”
  • Transformers: “S.O.S. Dinobots”
  • Transformers: “Transport to Oblivion”
  • Transformers: “Fire in the Sky”
  • Transformers: “Roll for It”

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VOL. 2: PUMM-RA

Volume 2 Front
Catalog No. 26408
Big Box Cassette dated 12/10/85 (via printed sticker)
Small Box Cassette dated 10/26/86
ISBN 1-55658-031-2
Year of First Release: 1986
Running Time: 22 minutes
Featured Episode: “Pumm-Ra”

From the dark reaches of his ancient and mysterious tomb, the ever deadly and treacherous Mumm-Ra transforms himself into a deceptive ThunderCat-clone in order to convince the ThunderCats that he is one of them. Secretly working with the insidious mutants from planet Plundar [sic], “Pumm-Ra” fools almost everyone in his evil plan to capture and destroy the Cats’ Lair. However, little Snarf suspects foul play and desperately tries to alert Lion-o [sic] to the dangers of this phony puma. A very exciting and action-packed episode, the ThunderCats learn that appearances can be deceiving in this epic science fiction saga.

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Volume 2 Back Volume 2 Left Spine Volume 2 Front Volume 2 Right Spine
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Small Box Volume 2 Top
Volume 2 Back Volume 2 Left Spine Volume 2 Front Volume 2 Right Spine

Notes:

  • The artwork for this volume, notable for its photorealistic Lion-O, was also used by European video distributor The Video Collection and is the only original cover art that the American and European releases have in common.
  • This was the only volume designed with wraparound artwork: the big box artwork wraps from the front to the back across the left spine!
  • The small box packaging only retains one of the two pieces of spine artwork from the big box—that of Mumm-Ra.
  • The back cover summary places odd emphasis on Snarf’s skepticism of Pumm-Ra. It also refers to Mumm-Ra’s disguise as a “ThunderCat-clone”, which suggests the existence of a real Pumm-Ra on which he modeled himself.
  • The discrepancy between the artwork copyright (1986) and the cassette’s printed date of manufacture (December 1985) could mean that production of this volume began in late 1985, with release following in 1986. Or the sticker could be erroneous.

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising:

  • ThunderCats: “Exodus”
  • Transformers: “Heavy Metal War”
  • Transformers: “War of the Dinobots”

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VOL. 3: SPITTING IMAGE

Volume 3 Front
Catalog No. 26516
Big Box Cassette dated 3/25/86 (via printed sticker)
Small Box Cassette dated 3/23/87 (indicating ongoing production)
ISBN 1-55658-032-0
Year of First Release: 1986
Running Time: 30 minutes
Featured Episode: “Spitting Image”

ThunderCat Panthro is spreading destruction across Third Earth. Good ol’ Panthro?!? Well, it’s not really him…but a deadly clone Mumm-Ra has created. But where’s the real McCoy? Trapped in the Bottomless Chasm, Panthro soon has to face “himself” in a battle to the death!

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Volume 3 Back Volume 3 Left Spine Volume 3 Front Volume 3 Right Spine
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Small Box Volume 3 Top
Volume 3 Back Volume 3 Left Spine Volume 3 Front Volume 3 Right Spine

Notes:

  • The advertised runtime of 30 minutes is a misprint—the episode clocks in at a standard 22.
  • The small box packaging only retains one of the two pieces of spine artwork from the big box—that of the Panthro clone.
  • The cassette’s label indicates not only the title of this volume, but also its number. Most other cassette labels left the volume number off.

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising:

  • ThunderCats: “Trouble with Time”
  • ThunderCats: “Pumm-Ra”
  • ThunderCats: “Exodus”

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VOL. 4: TROUBLE WITH TIME

Volume 4 Front
Catalog No. 26552
Big Box Cassette undated
Small Box Cassette dated 8/26/86
ISBN 1-55658-155-6
Year of First Release: 1986
Running Time: 30 minutes
Featured Episode: “Trouble with Time”

The ThunderCats are urgently searching the planet for Thundrillium—their source of power. Suddenly Tygra discovers a mother lode of the substance…however, it’s in the treacherous Cave of Time. Will the ThunderCats get what they’re after…or will time be their enemy in this race against time?

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Volume 4 Back Volume 4 Left Spine Volume 4 Front Volume 4 Right Spine
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Volume 4 Back Volume 4 Left Spine Volume 4 Front Volume 4 Right Spine

Notes:

  • Whereas Tygra, Monkian, and the Lizarthon are masterfully illustrated on the cover, Nayda looks nothing like Nayda.
  • On the back cover, Cheetara is illustrated with red hair!
  • The advertised runtime of 30 minutes is a misprint—the episode clocks in at a standard 22.
  • The cassette’s label indicates not only the title of this volume, but also its number. Most other cassette labels left the volume number off.
  • The small box package design includes an age recommendation: “For ages 7–12”.

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising:

  • ThunderCats: “Spitting Image”
  • ThunderCats: “Pumm-Ra”
  • ThunderCats: “Exodus”

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VOL. 5: THE GHOST WARRIOR

Volume 2 Front
Catalog No. 26480
Big Box Cassettes[3] dated 5/2/86, 5/6/86
Small Box Cassette dated 9/26/86
ISBN 1-55658-203-X
Year of First Release: 1986
Running Time: 45 minutes
Featured Episodes: “The Ghost Warrior”, “The Thunder-Cutter”

The evil ghost of the gigantic saber-toothed Grune—once a ThunderCat, now a banished enemy—is back!! He brings the deadly secret that will weaken Lion-O, Cheetara and even Panther…who can fight him? Is there anyone who can stand up to the frightening power of a ThunderCat gone bad?

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Volume 5 Back Volume 5 Left Spine Volume 5 Front Volume 5 Right Spine
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Small Box Volume 5 Top
Volume 5 Back Volume 5 Left Spine Volume 5 Front Volume 5 Right Spine

Notes:

  • The back cover summary on this volume spoils the big surprise of the episode—that Grune was once a ThunderCat! It also refers to him as gigantic, which is just a misconstruing of ghost-Grune’s ever-changing scale. By that logic, this episode also features an appearance by the gigantic geriatric Jaga!
  • The summary also draws on Panthro’s line, “Who could stand up to a ThunderCat gone bad?”
  • This is the first F.H.E. volume to feature two episodes, and the package design calls it out in a unique way—a comic-like yellow burst that reads Includes a bonus episode: “The Thunder-Cutter”.
  • In the cover art, Lion-O’s Claw Shield features an extra finger (five instead of four).

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising:

  • ThunderCats: “Exodus”
  • ThunderCats: “Pumm-Ra”
  • ThunderCats: “Trouble with Time”
  • ThunderCats: “Spitting Image”

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VOL. 6: LORD OF THE SNOWS

Volume 6 Front
Catalog No. 22845
Cassette dated 1/16/87
Year of First Release: 1987
Running Time: 45 minutes
Featured Episodes: “Lord of the Snows”, “The Tower of Traps”

An icy mountain, guarded by Snowman and his giant cat Snowmeow, holds a treasure the ThunderCats vitally need. But the sinister Mutants enlist Vultureman and his flying machine to thwart their plans. Can Lion-O convince Snowman to help them? Don’t worry. Snowmeow and Snarf have a plan that’s the cat’s meow! Then, more adventure unfolds in “Tower of Traps.”

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Volume 6 Back Volume 6 Left Spine Volume 6 Front Volume 6 Right Spine

Notes:

  • The back cover summary draws a distinction between the Mutants and Vultureman, which is (coincidentally?) consistent with early takes on the character—that he was perhaps a Third Earth native, or at the very least a PlunDarrian who did not live in Castle Plun-Darr.
  • The summary also describes Snarf and Snowmeow as having a plan. What plan? Throw snowballs?
  • This is the only cassette without an ISBN on the cover.
  • This is the only cassette released after 1986 to feature a silver label.
  • There is an inconsistency with the catalog number—the barcode on the cover indicates that it’s 22845, whereas the cassette label says 42845. Numerically, as compared to surrounding volumes, neither really makes sense.
  • “The Tower of Traps” is the only episode to appear on two of the F.H.E. home video releases, being the first episode on Volume 12 as well as the second episode here on Volume 6.

Rarity:

This volume is exceedingly hard to find, and accounts of it being available in video stores in the 80s and 90s are few. Jesse Howard, who purchased the pictured cassette in the 1980s from a home video distributor, reports issues with the manufacture of the cassette itself.

“It was plagued with manufacturing problems,” says Howard, “problems that made the cassette about a centimeter too wide to fit into VCRs. The first one I bought back in 1989 had to be crammed in so hard that I stopped trying for fear of it getting stuck. Luckily, the video distribution center I purchased it from had another, and that was also too wide, but better. Still, I wanted another one, which they had, and this time it was normal. In hindsight I wish I would have kept the defective ones instead of exchanging them.”

On the topic of the volume’s rarity, Howard corroborates a perception shared by any fan who scoured U.S. video stores for ThunderCats volumes in the 80s-90s heyday of video rentals. “Nearly every video rental store at the time had Volumes 1 through 5, and many volumes from 7 and up. But no one had Volume 6. This of course could be due to the manufacturing problems, but isn’t entirely known.” I would add that I personally never encountered Volumes 5 or 12 in video stores back in those days, but they certainly pop up nowadays. Volume 6 really doesn’t.

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising: None

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VOL. 7: RETURN TO THUNDERA

Volume 7 Front
Catalog No. 26554
Cassette dated 5/22/1987
ISBN 1-55658-076-2
Year of First Release: 1987
Running Time: 45 minutes
Featured Episodes: “Return to Thundera”, “The Astral Prison”

Lion-O travels back in time in RETURN TO THUNDERA. Arriving before the destruction of his home planet, he must find the secret plans to a war robot which threatens the ThunderCats’ survival in the present. Then, Mumm-Ra captures Lion-O in THE ASTRAL PRISON. If he can’t get out, the ThunderCats are doomed!

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Volume 7 Back Volume 7 Left Spine Volume 7 Front Volume 7 Right Spine

Notes:

  • The back cover description makes the coincidence of Lion-O receiving the plans to the Warbot seem purposeful, as if he traveled back in time specifically to find them.

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising:

  • ThunderCats: “The Fireballs of Plun-Darr”
  • ThunderCats: “The Wolfrat”

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VOL. 8: THE FIREBALLS OF PLUN-DARR

Volume 8 Front
Catalog No. 26555
Cassettes[4] dated 5/11/87, 5/22/87
ISBN 1-55658-077-0
Year of First Release: 1987
Running Time: 45 minutes
Featured Episodes: “The Fireballs of Plun-Darr”, “The Superpower Potion”

Launched from the Mutants’ sinister castle, the treacherous FIREBALLS OF PLUN-DARR threaten the Warrior Maidens. Tygra and the ThunderCats desperately intervene to help their forest friends! Then Vultureman invents a SUPER POWER POTION that makes him invincible…and he combines forces with Mumm-Ra! Can anything overcome this diabolical team?

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Volume 8 Back Volume 8 Left Spine Volume 8 Front Volume 8 Right Spine

Notes:

  • The spine of this volume features a frame of Willa, not from “The Fireballs of Plun-Darr”, but from “The Garden of Delights”, which never actually saw release on home video in the U.S.

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising:

  • ThunderCats: “Return to Thundera”
  • ThunderCats: “The Wolfrat”

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VOL. 9: THE WOLFRAT

Volume 9 Front
Catalog No. 26556
Cassette undated
ISBN 1-55658-078-9
Year of First Release: 1987
Running Time: 45 minutes
Featured Episodes: “The Wolfrat”, “The Time Capsule”

A mechanical monster, THE WOLFRAT, secretly penetrates the ThundeCats’ Lair and releases a gas that reduces them to nine inches high. Now, the Mutants attack—but little Snarf has a big plan to save the day! Next, the ThunderCats go on an incredibly odyssey to retrieve THE TIME CAPSULE from ThunDERa.

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Volume 9 Back Volume 9 Left Spine Volume 9 Front Volume 9 Right Spine

Notes:

  • The spine of this volume features a frame of Lion-O, not from “The Wolfrat” or “The Time Capsule”, but from “Safari Joe” (where it was actually appropriated from “The Lost Intro”).
  • The back cover summary of “The Wolfrat” gives a bit too much credit to Snarf. What, no love for Tygra’s chemistry prowess?
  • Likewise, the summary also misstates the location of the Time Capsule as being on Thundera.
  • The nine inches tall detail is pulled not from the episode itself, but from the Rankin/Bass episode summary. And the “mechanical monster” description is likely a riff on Panthro’s line—”you mechanical monstrosity!”

Pre-roll advertising: None

Post-roll advertising:

  • ThunderCats: “Return to Thundera”
  • ThunderCats: “The Fireballs of Plun-Darr”

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VOL. 10: SPACESHIP BENEATH THE SANDS

Volume 10 Front
Catalog No. 26557
Cassettes[5] dated 11/30/87, 12/16/87
ISBN 1-55658-223-4
Year of First Release: 1988
Running Time: 86 minutes
Featured Episodes: “The Spaceship Beneath the Sands”, “Trapped”, “Dimension Doom”, “All That Glitters”

The all-powerful, all-sinister force of Mumm-Ra helps the Mutants discover their lost SPACESHIP BENEATH THE SANDS. This means the ThunderCats are in for a super-fight, now that the Mutants have regained their super-weapons! Next, the ThunderKittens are both TRAPPED inside a suspension capsule and kidnapped by that villainous S-S-Slithe! Then, a mind-controlling helmet is returned from the seventh dimension and stolen by Mumm-Ra for his devious schemes. Now only Cheetara can save the ThunderCats in DIMENSION DOOM. Finally, the Curse of Balthaz is unleashed in ALL THAT GLITTERS. To lift the curse, Lion-O must take the Sword of Omens into an enchanted volcano.

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Notes:

  • This volume’s title differs from the episode title slightly, omitting the “The” in “The Spaceship Beneath the Sands”.
  • Kudos to the F.H.E. copywriters for referring to the Curse of Balthaz by name!
  • The back cover artwork has been flipped left to right—Lion-O and Panthro’s insignias are backwards! It’s also a clean shot of artwork that, in the episode, was distorted with special effects.
  • This volume gives no attribution for the package design (and hence no copyright date). Year of release was determined by the white and purple cassette label.
  • This release is not actually labeled Volume 10, but its Catalog Number places it in sequence after Volume 9 (“The Wolfrat”) and before Volume 11 (“Safari Joe”).
  • The spine of this volume features a frame of the Mutants from “The Unholy Alliance”. It’s also the only spine artwork rotated this way.

Pre-roll advertising:

  • Dot and the Smugglers
  • Dot and the Whale
  • Maple Town
  • The Wild Puffalumps
  • The 116th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Post-roll advertising: None

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VOL. 11: SAFARI JOE

Volume 11 Front
Catalog No. 26558
Cassette undated
ISBN 1-55658-276-5
Year of First Release: 1988
Running Time: 46 minutes
Featured Episodes: “Safari Joe”, “Jackalman’s Rebellion”

They’re the electrifying felines boy and girls alike can’t resist! The ThunderCats are noble creatures who bring the laws and ideals of their doomed planet to their dazzling animated spectacles. In SAFARI JOE, these big cats become big game when they fall prey to an intergalactic hunter. But this bully soon proves to be a “fraidy cat,” when he’s spooked into a cowardly surrender. Then, the mutants experience political madness in JACKALMAN’S REBELLION.

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Notes:

  • This is the first back cover summary since “Exodus” to give an overview of the series before diving into individual episode descriptions.
  • The summary of “Safari Joe” is just the spoileriest! And the summary of “Jackalman’s Rebellion” takes the cake for most pithy. The mutants experience political madness—ha!
  • Mumm-Ra appears on the back cover despite not appearing in either “Safari Joe” or “Jackalman’s Rebellion”.
  • Like Volume 10, this volume gives no attribution for the package design (and hence no copyright date). Year of release was determined by the white and purple cassette label.
  • The package design includes an age recommendation: “For ages 4–12”. This is a wider (and more accurate) range of ages than that of Volumes 1 and 4.
  • This release is not actually labeled Volume 11, but its Catalog Number places it in sequence after Volume 10 (“Spaceship Beneath the Sands”) and before Volume 12 (“Tower of Traps”).

Pre-roll advertising:

  • Dot and the Koala
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Post-roll advertising: None

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VOL. 12: TOWER OF TRAPS

Volume 12 Front
Catalog No. 26559
Cassette undated
ISBN 1-55658-328-1
Year of First Release: 1989
Running Time: 93 minutes
Featured Episodes: “The Tower of Traps”, “Monkian’s Bargain”, “The Shifter”, “Fond Memories”

Join the noble ThunderCats on a quest to unravel of their greatest mysteries yet. When an evil robber baron wreaks havoc across the land, the ThunderCats take action. But in order to catch the thief, these felines must make their way to the top of the bad guy’s booby-trapped tower. It’s nonstop excitement at every tricky turn, all leading to the discovery of the baron’s incredible and shocking secret. Also includes three more exciting episodes.

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Notes:

  • This volume’s title differs from the episode title slightly, omitting the “The” in “The Tower of Traps”.
  • The title card for “The Shifter” does not feature the usual musical cue—it’s completely silent.
  • “The Tower of Traps” is the only episode to appear on two of the F.H.E. home video releases, following “Lord of the Snows” on Volume 6 as well as being the first episode here on Volume 12.
  • The back cover summary does not indicate which episodes are on this volume! The only way to find out is to watch it—or fast forward through it.
  • This volume attributes the cover art and package design to International Video Entertainment Inc., F.H.E.’s parent company.
  • This is the only volume first released in 1989, so even though it is not explicitly labeled as Volume 12, its year of release and Catalog Number indicate that it must have followed Volume 11.
  • The spine of this volume features a frame of WilyKit from “Dr. Dometone”, which never even saw release on home video, and a frame of Lion-O from “The Unholy Alliance”.

Pre-roll advertising:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “Heroes in a Halfshell”
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “Hot Rodding Teenagers”
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “The Shredder Is Splintered”

Post-roll advertising: None

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I spent my childhood obsessed with tracking down ThunderCats home video releases, at a time when reruns in syndication had dried up. The thrill of discovering a new volume, or better yet a new episode, of poring over the detailed artwork and reading the back cover summary for the first time, is unforgettable.

When taken as a whole, the body of episodes that F.H.E. chose to release represents an excellent cross section of Season One. The Anointment Trials and “Feliner” two-parter are unfortunately absent, along with standouts like “The Mountain” and “Sword in a Hole”; but overall, if these volumes from your local video store were the only taste of ThunderCats you ever had as a kid, I’d say you experienced some of the best.

  • Exodus
  • The Unholy Alliance
  • Berbils
  • The Slaves of Castle Plun-Darr
  • Trouble with Time
  • Pumm-Ra
  • The Tower of Traps
  • The Ghost Warrior
  • Lord of the Snows
  • The Spaceship Beneath the Sands
  • The Time Capsule
  • The Fireballs of Plun-Darr
  • All That Glitters
  • Spitting Image
  • Return to Thundera
  • Safari Joe
  • The Astral Prison
  • Dimension Doom
  • The Thunder-Cutter
  • The Wolfrat
  • The Superpower Potion
  • Monkian’s Bargain
  • Jackalman’s Rebellion
  • Trapped
  • The Shifter
  • Fond Memories

Written by Zack (thezaxfactor)


1 ^ Unlike for books, I can’t find any online records for VHS ISBNs. If anyone can shed any light on how these were issued, and whether there’s any centralized database of them, please let me know!

2 ^ I’ve determined Year of First Release for all volumes primarily by the artwork copyright, corroborated by dates printed on cassette labels or the cassettes themselves, as well as by the years of surrounding releases.

3 ^ Here we have two cassettes released within the span of a few days. Pretty cool!

4 ^ And two cassettes released with the span of two weeks.

5 ^ And another two cassettes released within a few weeks of each other. The 11/30 cassette is from my childhood collection; the 12/16 cassette is from Jesse Howard’s. Both were purchased in 1989.