Has Bandai discontinued Thundercats Toys?

Discussion in 'Mezco and Bandai Toys' started by Romanticide, May 26, 2012.

  1. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    Depends on what meaning you take from that answer. When they say they are still rolling the Thundercats product out worldwide all that implys to me is that they are distrubiting the left over stock to get it out of the way.
    I hope we get another series as I would love a 6" Grune and some mutants but I really doubt it will happen.
  2. Michael

    Michael Mutant

    See, to me it means that they are rolling it out to EVERYONE, before releasing new product. It would be ridiculous to issue a wave 3 when most countries outside of N.America can't even get wave 2 yet! The way they have handled this has been criticised a lot alreaqdy, so I won't repeat it, but they should have got wave 2 rolled out to everyone without such a large gap.
  3. Lordore

    Lordore Moderator

    I am on pursuit for the 6' Tygra ans Cheeatara, finallt they arrived in UK!!
  4. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    I spoke to the owner of one of Englands top specialist toy shops today. I asked him if he had any idea what the situation was with Thundercats. He told me as far as he knows its canceled. Bandai's distribution is a big problem as when they order x amount of cases they will not specify what cases they are sending, if its the frst wave or wave 2. So rather than risk getting more stuff they can't sell, suppliers are not ordering at all.
    He also pointed out that the basic figures were bad sellers, the had to sell them all at £3 each and they still struggled to get rid of them.
    I wish Bandai would shed some light on the matter as the future of the Thundercats toyline and cartoon is very bleak.

    Lordore, I grabbed Tygra and Cheetara on Ebay UK £14.99 each.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2012
  5. Thunderbee

    Thunderbee Junior Member

    Walmart kills the line.

    Was at 2 Walmarts this last weekend, and another today. ALL have removed ALL Thundercats. They were not even in with their clearance items. GONE! this means sold off to secondary stores (Ross, TJ MAXX, Marshalls, Big Lots and UK Overseas etc.). This matches what most Target Stores are slowly doing.

    Not on shelves=No longer carrying.

    Even if another wave does sneak in (The Tygra 6", Deluxe, Role Play etc) as being available, they will not be ordering them.

    So, unless we get a second season AND NEW figures, its over as far as retail support. And EVEN IF more shows and figures were made, its now AT LEAST 1 year until we see them (6 months from approval to sales). Out of sight, out of mind. Short of :lionomad:a Direct to DVD wrap up special (and thats pie in the sky wishing)... Its over.

    Sad... But I WISH it didn't end. But, it is REALLY over now unless Bandai is just LOVING how they are screwing with our hearts and heads...And Wallets.

    I liked the line... I LOVED the show. Maybe Bif Bang POW will get the LJN MOLDS and release Scale/style of the 80's retro. And Mezco keeps up the Bigees, And Icon Does the minis. In other words: TCATS 2011 is a footnote in toys and TV history.

  6. mcss aerocoupe

    mcss aerocoupe Moderator

    I had the same experience at the stores near me. Both Targets have nothing now. And the two Wal-Marts that were carrying the line have put everything in their random shelves of clearance junk that will be cleared out soon to make way for Halloween and Christmas (in the indoor garden center area).

    There are now no pegs dedicated to figures in my local stores. I had hopes the line would continue, but at this point I feel that the writing on the wall is crystal clear; the line is dead. I was being a pessimistic realist back in late May when I was worried that Toys R Us putting everything on clearance was a bad sign. Now that Target and Wal-Mart have done the same while some Wave 2 stuff is still MIA, I don't see how the line can continue in its current form.

    I just wish we could find out where the issue in releasing stuff was. Two of the Wal-Marts and both K Marts near me never got anything in stock.
  7. cloudraker19

    cloudraker19 Crabman

    I wouldn't say:

    "Not on the shelves = No longer carrying"

    Every walmart and Target around me as seasonally and yearly gotten rid of their gi joe displays, only to remake them a year later when new stuff comes out. They've done the same thing for Halo and Power Rangers around me from time to time.

    There will be other announcements/indicators that are more relevant.
  8. Ideal

    Ideal Glass Walker

    indeed. every walmart near me has drastically reduced the action figure aisle (by about half), removing a lot of stuff that we know for a fact will still be shipping throughout the year, including Halo and Marvel Legends

    give it a couple months and they will do another reset for the holiday season and expand the action figure section back out
  9. cloudraker19

    cloudraker19 Crabman

    Bandai Asia is releasing a re-colored Lion-o for a convention exclusive. It's not much, but it's more than nothing.

    Certainly disproves that all hands have jumped ship.
  10. mcss aerocoupe

    mcss aerocoupe Moderator

    I agree that stores adjust stuff all the time and clearance old stock to make room for the next wave. But unfortunately, I feel this is different. Here is my logic:

    Wave 2 was first announced in October of last year, sightings began around 3 months later. If Wave 3 were to be announced today, with a 3 month delay until sights begin, the earliest we could expect the wave to deploy would be early December. That is cutting it very close for holiday 2012 already. Every day that passes with no hint of the line continuing makes it that much less likely to get another wave in this year.

    The SDCC Exclusive Classics Lion-O came out July 2011, with the rest of Wave 1 starting to show up on shelves in August 2011. Within 5 months the second wave was releasing. It has been amost 8 months since Wave 2, and still no hint at Wave 3.

    At this point I am so pessimistic that I would guess that the Red Classics Exclusive for STGCC is either the SDCC exclusives that didn't sell, or SDCC exclusives that were not painted in time.

    But who knows, maybe the Red Lion-O will be sold at STGCC because maybe there will be a major announcement...
  11. cloudraker19

    cloudraker19 Crabman

    Best case scenario for me would be: Bandai Asia takes over and pumps out at least 1-2 figures per year of the 8-inch classics. While also doing 1-2 new series figures in the 6 inch scale. Let the four inch scale die, I feel it was a poor direction, although understandable.
  12. adssse

    adssse Thunderian Legend

  13. hammy0924

    hammy0924 Ultimate No-Life

    Not really surprised considering we've known this since August.
  14. starrcade89

    starrcade89 Vortex Explorer

    We knew it was finished but Toonami ratings for thundercats shows the show is still hot, with the right promotion the toy line and show will fly.
  15. Lordore

    Lordore Moderator

    I am mostly worried because i can't bear the fact that it might take 25 more years for something new to come up:confused:
  16. adssse

    adssse Thunderian Legend

    I couldn't agree more!
  17. Dom

    Dom Active Member

    In this market, you cant make any mistakes. CN did it no favours with the slot and Bandai messed up the case assortments. These combined with a worlwide econmic crash and toy sales at an all time low, it was a bad time, for a great show.

    I really enjoyed what they did with the show and some of the toys. Hopefully they will take it on the chin and move on. The best option would be to go classics style with the 80`s line and do a web based pre order model.
  18. starrcade89

    starrcade89 Vortex Explorer

    Completely agree
  19. Dr_SLUMP

    Dr_SLUMP Berserker

    Both classic Tygra and Lion-O figures were great. I hope that these will continue as an adult-collector line or at least someone to reboot them in MOTUC style.
  20. adssse

    adssse Thunderian Legend

    I agree, I really like the 8" classics (I enjoy the 6" classics too). It would be great if they would do some kind of collector line. It has been awesome to be able to walk into a store and see Thundercats merchandise on the shelves, but as long as I could order new figures online I would be happy.

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