During the life of the Thundercats toy line, 2 different mail-away offers were made to promote the Thundercats toys. Great ThunderCats items delivered to your home for the cost of a few stamps!
FREE MUMM-RA FIGURE
The first was a free Mumm-Ra figure (in his decaying form) This was the exact same action figure that came packed with the Mumm-Ra’s Tomb playset.
All series 2 cards as well as re-used series 2 cards with series 3 figures packed on them promoted the free Mumm-Ra figure offer. To receive your free Mumm-Ra figure you would need to collect proof of purchase tokens that were found on the reverse packaging of most toys.
|GOOD THUNDERCATS||RAMPAGERS||THUNDERTANK||CATS’ LAIR|
|EVIL MUTANTS||LASER SABERS||MUTANT FIST POUNDER|
|NOSEDIVER||LUNA LASHER||LUNALASHER MUMM-RA|
|THUNDERCLAW||STILT RUNNER||THUNDERWINGS LIONO|
The amount or value of tokens you needed to collect varied country to country. In the USA and Canada, you needed to collect 6 points worth of tokens. In the UK and Europe you needed to collect 4 separate tokens (I’m assuming their points value did not matter) Once you had your tokens you would need to send them together with your name, address and a cheque or money/postal order for P+P. The collector would then receive their Mumm-Ra figure within 1-6 months (depending on country) The offer expiry dates for each country were as follows: USA / LJN – 31st March 1987, Canada / Grand Toys – 31st March 1987, UK / Rainbow Toy – 31st December 1987, Benelux / Otto Simon – 31st January 1991.
BECOME A THUNDER-WARRIOR!
The second mail-away offer from the ThunderCats toy line was only available in the UK through Rainbow toys. It was called the ThunderCats Club and when you joined, you would become a Thunder-Warrior!
This offer could be found on all 22-back Rainbow Toys headed cards released in 1988. It was advertised in the 1988 Rainbow Toys mini catalogues and in some issues of the UK’s weekly Marvel ThunderCats comics
On the back of the card you would find a small form to enter your details. You’d send in the form, together with a proof of purchase (found on each 22-back card) and a cheque for £4.99, for the yearly membership. Each Thunder-Warrior would receive three ‘ThunderBolt’ activity packs a year! Each pack full of exciting stories, action puzzles, Secret Thunder Warrior messages – In fact, plenty of ThunderCats things to do and make! The first ‘ThunderBolt’ pack would be delivered within 28 days. I believe only one activity pack was ever sent out. The registration for the club expired on the 31st December 1988 (same date, but a year later as the previous offer for a Mumm-Ra figure).
During spring/summer of 1988, the Thunder Warrior club was advertised in many issues of the UK Marvel Thundercats Comics. They featured a small comic strip story with a puzzle to solve at the bottom in order to continue the adventure. The story was blantantly obviously done to sell the current toys at the time. What is extra special about these comic strips is the fact that the continuing story features The Stinger!
The Stinger is teamed up with The Driller in the comic story and with The Stinger being coupled with The Driller in the toyline under the series Ram-pagers the two teaming up in these stories makes sense. The Stinger never had an appearance in the cartoon series and as the toy had been made this was probably the only way they could introduce him into the Thundercats story in order to sell him as a toy. I believe this is the only appearance The Stinger ever made in a Thundercats story (TV cartoon or Comic) I am almost certain he never appeared in any American comics. Please view the images below of the 4 comic strip adverts for the Thunder Warrior Club. They are taken from issue 60, dated 7th May 1988, issue 66, dated 18th June 1988, issue 70, dated 16th July 1988, and issue 74, dated 13th August 1988. These adverts were repeated in other subsequent issues.