The “Deluxe” 4″ figures (called only so on the packing containers, the Bandai website and suchlike, as nothing of such is said on the actual packaging) is a line of 4″ scaled figures that come with magnetic “Thunder Lynx” weapons or other accessories that make them a step above the other 4″ figures. Wave 1 consisted of Lion-O, Tygra, Grune, & Mumm-Ra. Lion-O and Tygra include unarticulated figures that stand on a base, when the magnet is raised to the Lynx Port, the arms will be raised and you’ll hear “Thundercats, Hooooo!” Yeah, not exciting, so I passed on those. Grune and Mumm-Ra both provide new, articulated 4″ figures, as well as some cool accessories. You can buy the deluxe figures for $14.99 at TRU, or save yourself a pretty penny by buying at Walmart for $11.97.
We’ll start with Grune. Grune, the traitor of the Thundercats and loyal henchman to Mumm-Ra, is actually a really fantastic figure. He’s built a lot like Panthro, having little articulation hinderances in the shoulders. Unfortunately, his hip guards get in the way, and his big shaggy hair makes his head immovable. That aside, the sculpt is great, and he even has the Mumm-Ra logo on his chest. There’s actually variants out there with the Thundercats logo on his chest. Of course, he comes with his giant thunder mace weapon. There’s a magnet inside, and when you attach it to his Lynx Port, it extends. He holds it fairly well, and it doesn’t throw off his balance. He also comes with a bow, arrow, and quiver, that also has a magnet in it.
Mumm-Ra is something I picked it up before I knew there was a Mumm-Ra the Ever Living figure coming out in 4″ Wave 2. While I think the base will be the same figure, this one has big wings, and that’s worth it to me. The wings are this figures Thunder Lynx gimmick. When you pass any magnet past the Port, his wings open up. They fold around them and click into place otherwise. His articulation is pretty much the same as the others, he just has really long and lanky arms. The gold rings on his biceps also tend to fall off easy, so I’d recommend gluing those down. Leg articulation is a bit hindered by his skirt pieces, but overall it’s not bad. He comes with a Sword of Plun-Darr that’s VERY hard for him to hold properly, given his hand molds, as well as a Claw Shield that’s all decked out in piping and such. The Claw Shield pegs right into his arm, but has tendencies to fall out. I find the Thunder Lynx effect to be nice on this guy, more so than the other deluxe figures.
Overall, the Lion-O and Tygra figures, while not present in this review, are pretty easy passes. Grune however, is certainly a must have. Even if Grune makes it into the normal 4″ line, he won’t include his big mace, so this figure is a must own for fans of the character. Mumm-Ra, while I certainly recommend him based on the wing gimmick, is a bit middle line, seeing as how you can get this form in the normal 4″ Wave 2, albeit without the wings and perhaps some different accessories. While not the best figures, the deluxe toys (at least some of them), make nice additions to the 4″ line.
Buy from Toys R Us for $14.99 each.
Buy from Walmart for $11.97 each.