New ThunderCats Animated Toy Offers First Look at Snarf

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 22nd, 2011 at 8:01 pm,

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The live-action Thundercats film may still be in Hollywood turnaround purgatory but the recently announced animated reboot is Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats Ho!

Fans who thought they might never see the ThunderCats gracing a television screen again will be glad to know that not only is the 80s remake on schedule for its 2011 premiere on Cartoon Network, but Warner Bros. Consumer Products has already started marketing toys for the series – and the re-imagined Thunder Tank gives us our first look at fan-favorite character, Snarf.

One week ago, we reported on concept art that offered fans a first look at Studio 4°C’s Eastern-inspired animation style – as well as the principle characters Lion-O, Panthro, Tygra, and Cheetara. However, noticeably absent was the team’s pet/side kick/comic relief Snarf.

Now, SuperHeroHype has a first look at some of the new ThunderCats action figures including Lion-O, Cheetara, a deluxe play Sword of Omens, as well as the Thunder Tank – which comes packaged with Snarf.

Check out the images of the Thunder Tank box art as well as a close-up of Snarf further below:

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ThunderCats Snarf New ThunderCats Animated Toy Offers First Look at Snarf

The box art still don’t offer any hints as to who exactly Lion-O and his team will be facing off against but it’s definitely interesting to get a peak at the redesigned Snarf. The updated character design certainly fits with the new art style as well as, judging by this single image, gives Snarf a younger-looking/sleeker (by comparison) body shape.

The Thunder Tank is equally reverent to the source material while adding the necessary edge to compete with other modern cartoon series.

In case you’re feeling nostalgic, and let’s face it, that’s why these series are making a comeback. Check out the images of the original Thunder Tank box art and Snarf below:

Thunder Tank Box Art New ThunderCats Animated Toy Offers First Look at Snarf


Snarf ThunderCats Animated New ThunderCats Animated Toy Offers First Look at Snarf

While Cartoon Network is keeping certain details (enemies, new characters, etc.) under wraps, the network has released a basic plot synopsis to give fans a brief taste of what’s to come:

The new “ThunderCats” will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know what you think of the redesigned ThunderCats.

The new ThunderCats animated series will debut in 2011 on Cartoon Network.

Source: SuperHeroHype

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  1. man even snark looks younger am really unsure about this

    • well its designed to do one thing, rake in money before anything, hence Liono’s young look(so youth can relate) I don’t know how good the story will be but as a big Thunder cats fan myself, I can bring myself to honestly say the old eps didn’t have any substance story wise that holds up today, so don’t expect to much story wise, but expect something kids can watch and get some slight moral lesson from with action in it, which is what we got for our time.

      I love the designs so far and will buy just based of the designs alone.

  2. ThunderKittens? See what I did there? Anyone? No? Okay…

    • Its suppose to take place prior and even if its an alt story as long as its done right I am fine with it. comics do alt story’s all the time and by now we have gotten many story lines that beat or have been represented in better way then initially shown.

  3. Yeah, this looks like ThunderKITTENS and not ThunderCATS, I’m guessing Wiley KIT and Wiley CAT are going to be what…babies or something?

  4. man the should of got rid of snarf all together. i am looking forward to this be and my brother grew up on thundercats i even had the bedsheets i styill got the pellow case WHATSUPP!

  5. damn no y in my still please*

  6. I sure hope this isn’t Thundercats meets Twilight…..

  7. I think it looks pretty cool, sure the character design is more Anime than USA but if the voice acting is strong and the stories are good (and they would have to be an improvement on the original to be fair)then I’ll be happy to watch along with my son.

    • Actually the designs were anime to begin with. Thundercats was a French, Japanese and American collaboration. Any fan of TC and anime will tell you, that just by watching the opening and some the the designs in TC, that its been anime since the start.

  8. People complain about it looking too anime, what new American action cartoons don’t resemble anime? Anime is relevant in American culture now. I think they look awesome! The thunder tank is a really good transition into the 21st century. The new Snarf…meh, I could do without.

  9. /sigh……I didn’t realize animated shows still all required a comic relief character. This was the popular formula back in the day but is unnecessary now. Younger viewers are more sophisticated and can relate to the characters just fine without this artificial plot device.

  10. If he doesn’t speak, it’ll be an improvement on the original.

    Please, don’t let him speak.

  11. Do kids still buy toys like these?

    • Yes. Well I do but I’m 30. It seems kids still buy toys like this when I’m in the toy asile. I think they’re more into digimon or something with spinning thingys that pop open into dragons.

      • Bakugan is what you’re thinking of…Yes, kids do still buy action figures, including figures based on t.v. series. Also, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Star Wars seem to be maintaining their reputations as “evergreen” brands…

        • It occurred to me this morning you could also be thinging of BeyBlade…It’s a game of metal-core tops.

          • No, it’s the first one you mentioned. I think. A few of the kids at church play with them and they throw/roll them and the pop open into dragons. Pretty cool but not my style of toy.

            Transformers and GI Joe do seem to hold their own with Star Wars being the more popular along with Marvel/DC superheroes and the toys mentioned before.

            • >Implying Star Wars is a more popular Hasbro toyline than Transformers.

              • either it is or all the star wars geeks are buying them up.

  12. I have the box sets of the original and they are great , im excited to see the new show, looks cool. it actually looks alot better the Transformers prime and the new Gi Joe Renegades, but are crap.

    • if it aint broke dont fix it?

  13. It may just be me but Tigra looks like one bad dude in the drawing with the gun added to his arsenal. Tigra and Panthro are the only ones that look older. I can understand Lion-O being young considering he only ages physically due to the hybernation freeze thingy.

  14. it’s looks good but it’s going to be werid watching the new serise cause I grew up on them looking like humans more than cats. But Where are Wily Kit and Kat and will they bring in the new Thundercats, Pumyra and Lynx-O and my fave new thundercat BenGali. When dose the new serise start.

    • Wily kit & wily Kat and are still embryos lol This will be geared toward preschoolers sitting in front of the TV in diapers and drinking from sippy cups.

  15. Liono looks abit like cloud strife from final fantasy 7 now.