Lion-O (6″ Classic) from Bandai

March 14, 2012

We go back to the Thundercats line once again and take a look at the main man himself, Lion-O, in his classic 6″ rendition.

I try my best not to have too many mainline characters on this web site, just because, usually, if you’re going to buy something from a line, it’s the major character. But, sometimes, you just HAVE to make an exception. This is one of those exceptions, I feel. The 6″ Classic version of Lion-O does the best justice of the new line to bring back the nostalgia for the original Thundercats figures. The 8″ Lion-O also mirrored the vintage Lion-O figure, but it was just too big. The head of the figure looks pretty spot on to Lion-O, the paint and design is clean and well done. He has his hair swept off to the side, which I don’t particularly care for. Reason being is, it freezes one moment in time. I like for my figures to be as neutral as possible, that way, regardless any pose you have him in, it still looks okay. Conversely, his mouth is gaping open in a growling pose, and yet, I have no issues with that aspect. I’m not sure why, I guess it’s something that can be used in multiple poses and it be okay. One aspect of the head that is a strike against it is that it’s sculpted face down, instead of facing forward. That pose does give the eyes hiding behind he eyebrows some pop in design, but the head really needed to be facing forward instead of down. After the head, there isn’t one complaint to be had on this figure. In his wonderful futuristic 80′s leotard, it’s an exact match to the original design. The leotard is a chalky blue, with a dark blue trim. The arms, body and legs are nicely proportioned for a great looking body. The bare arms aren’t overly detailed, but it mirror’s the 80′s version as it should. The orange skin meets with the cream colored wrists halfway on the forearm only with a paint line. They could have sculpted in the line, but it doesn’t kill anything. The wrists are on nubs that you can switch hands or the claw shield. Odd thing about the claw shield, the claw only has three finger spots, while the hands have four. The Thundercats belt is nice and clean, but other than the large Thudercats logo, the blue and silver belt is unremarkable. There is a port on his left side below his belt, this is a port for a strap to the claw shield onto if not in use. The bare legs are again, not overly detailed, but sell it well enough. The boots are a dark blue with silver trim.

The articulation on Lion-Oh is pretty good, and allows for some nice poses. The head only has a swivel feature, as the up-and-down is not possible. The torso has an advanced swivel chest, that allows for twisting as well as stomach crunches The shoulders of the figure have ball hinge joints, with a swivel at the top of the bicep. The elbows have simple hinge joints which allows 90 degrees of movement. With the wrists having nubs, you can twist and bend the hands around to get multiple poses from them. The hips have ball pin joints that allow straight forward as well as movement off to the side. There’s a swivel at the top of the thigh, being somewhat hidden by an overlapping thigh muscle. The knees have double hinge joints allowing the legs to practically double over themselves. Finally, the ankles have a hinge/rocker combo that really gives the figure a boost in posability. All of the joints are easy to move, and retains the pose, which is about all you can ask for.

The accessories for the figure are which you might expect. You get the Sword of Omens in both dagger and long sword version, you get his claw shield, but you also get a hip strap that can be used to attach the shield to the figure while not being used. You also get a spare set of hands that can be interchanged. The sword and dagger are pretty true to the source, but they’re made of a soft plastic. My sword has been warped since day one. As long as it is, it’s been a pain to get it truly straight. The dagger slides into the shield for storage, which is very nice. There’s a hole in the shield that lets the Eye on the sword to peer out. The shield is put on the figure by popping off the hand from the post, and inserting the claw with it’s post hole. The hands that are given are either grippers or a more wider opened hand.

If you felt that the other Thundercats toys from Bandai have missed the mark, one way or another, they truly found the sweet spot with the 6″ Classics Lion-O figure. Short of having the light up eyes, this figure is a true representation of the vintage Lion-O. The head sculpt does have a sculpting flaw to it, but everything else is so perfect, that the flaw can be overlooked. This is a definite pick up for any Transformer fan, any of those whom are on the fence about getting one Thundercat toy… Get this one!









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