Thundercats – 1986

Thundercats – 1986


The second wave of Thundercats included six new figures, along with the original eight figures being re-released with the new white starburst packaging. A new Mummy Mumm-Ra mail-order figure was available for proof of purchase points. Also released were two new sub-sets, Companions and Berserkers. In addition to some great figures, we got three new vehicles, and two large scale playsets, the Cat’s Lair and Mumm-Ra’s Tomb Fortress.

 

For more information about LJN’s Thundercats line from 1986, see bottom of the page for a complete summary.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Basic Figures

For the 2nd wave of Thundercats action figures, we got 6 brand new figures. Also, the original 8 figures were re-released on new cards, with some of them getting new accessories.

Grune The Destroyer

Market Value:
Carded $200 – $300
Loose $40 – $55

Grune The Destroyer
Accessories: Spiked Mace, Knuckleduster
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but getting tougher each year
Notes: Grune the Destroyer was a legendary Thundercat from Jaga’s time period, but turned to the dark side and became a bad guy. Grune featured a special Battle-Matic Action lever on his back to move his right arm. There are no known variations to Grune the Destroyer throughout the two waves he appeared in.

Hachiman

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $200
Loose $30 – $45

Hachiman
Accessories: Helmet, Katana Sword (Thunder Cutter)
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but getting tougher each year
Notes: Hachiman was once a bad guy, but is now a trusted friend of the Thundercats team . Hachiman featured a special Battle-Matic Action lever on his side to move his arm with sword. There are no known variations to the Hachiman figure during the two waves he appeared in.

Ratar-O

Market Value:
Carded $250 – $350
Loose $35 – $50

Ratar-O
Accessories: Two Daggers (Rat’s Eyes)
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but getting tougher each year
Notes: Ratar-O is the leader of the deadly Mutants and ally to Mumm-Ra in his fight against the Thundercats . Ratar-O featured a special Battle-Matic Action lever on the back to move his arms. There are no known variations to the Ratar-O figure during the two waves he appeared in.

Snowman of Hook Mountain

Market Value:
Carded $150 – $250
Loose $30 – $45

Snowman of Hook Mountain
Accessories: Helmet, Spear, Shield
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but getting tougher each year
Notes: The legendary Snowman of Hook Mountain may look mean, but he is a trusted ally of the Thundercats team . The Snowman of Hook Mountain featured a special Battle-Matic Action lever on the back to move his arms. There are no known variations to the Snowman figure during the two waves he appeared in.

Tuska Warrior

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $175
Loose $25 – $40

Tuska Warrior
Accessories: Rifle Gun
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but getting tougher each year
Notes: The Tuska’s are an ancient honorable tribe and friends of the Thundercats. This Tuska Warrior featured a special Battle-Matic Action lever on the back to move his arms. There are two known variations to Tuska Warrior with one having a head that turns and the other does not turn.

Vultureman

Market Value:
Carded $125 – $200
Loose $30 – $45

Vultureman
Accessories: Clawed Staff
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but getting tougher each year
Notes: Vultureman is a scientist and the brains behind the Mutants vehicles and weapons. Vultureman featured a special Battle-Matic Action lever on the back to move his arms. There are two known variations to Vultureman with one having a soft plastic head and the other being a hard plastic material.

All 8 figures from Series 1 the previous year were re-released for Series 2 with the new white starburst cardback. Cheetara, Lion-O, Mumm-Ra and Tygra all included their PVC companion figures for Series 2, but not Series 3.

Cheetara
(Series 2)

Market Value:
Carded $300 – $450
Loose $70 – $100

Cheetara
Accessories: Baton, Wilykit Figure
Years Released: White starburst card w/ Wilykit only available in 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Series 2 version of Cheetara was the same as the Series 1 version, except now all Series 2 versions came with the Wilykit figure. There were minor color variations to Cheetara throughout all waves.

Jackalman
(Series 2)

Market Value:
Carded $175 – $250
Loose $35 – $60

Jackalman
Accessories: Club, Shoulder Strap
Years Released: White starburst card available in 1986, 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Series 2 version of Jackalman in 1986 was the same as the Series 1 version. There were no known variations to the Jackalman figure during the various waves.

Lion-O
(Series 2)

Market Value:
Carded $700 – $1,000
Loose $75 – $100

Lion-O
Accessories: Sword of Omens, Claw Shield, Power Ring, Snarf Figure
Years Released: White starburst card w/ Snarf only available in 1986
Scarcity Factor: This item is rare and will cost you
Notes: The Series 2 version of Lion-O was the same as Series 1, except for the addition of the Snarf PVC figure and a new Series 2 card back. The battery for the power ring in Series 1 was removed.

Monkian
(Series 2)

Market Value:
Carded $175 – $250
Loose $35 – $60

Monkian
Accessories: Mace, Helmet
Years Released: White starburst card available in 1986, 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Series 2 version of Monkian was the same as the Series 1 version. Monkian’s mace had two different color variations with one having a red chain and the other being a black chain.

Mumm-Ra
(Series 2)

Market Value:
Carded $600 – $900
Loose $75 – $100

Mumm-Ra
Accessories: Sword, Dagger, Headdress, Power Ring, Ravage Figure
Years Released: White starburst card w/ Ravage only available in 1986
Scarcity Factor: This item is rare and will cost you
Notes: The Series 2 version of Mumm-Ra was the same as the Series 1 version, except for the addition of the Ravage PVC figure and the new Series 2 card back. The battery for the power ring in Series 1 was removed.

Panthro
(Series 2)

Market Value:
Carded $300 – $450
Loose $50 – $75

Panthro
Accessories: Nunchuks
Years Released: White starburst card available in 1986, 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Series 2 version of Panthro in 1986 was the same as the Series 1 version. There were no known variations to the Panthro figure during the various waves.

S-S-Slithe
(Series 2)

Market Value:
Carded $175 – $250
Loose $35 – $55

S-S-Slithe
Accessories: Battle Axe
Years Released: White starburst card available in 1986, 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Series 2 version of S-S-Slithe was the same as the Series 1 version. Slithe had two different head variations, with one being soft plastic & pink eyes and the more common being hard plastic material & regular eyes.

Tygra (Older)
(Series 2)

Market Value:
Carded $350 – $500
Loose $70 – $100

Tygra (Older Version)
Accessories: Bolo Whip, Wilykat Figure
Years Released: White starburst card w/ Wilykat only available in 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Series 2 version of Tygra features a brand new mold and is known as the “Older Version”. All Series 2 versions came with the Wilykat figure. Tygra is the only Thundercats character to get two completely different molds during the cat’s toy run.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Berserkers Figures

Cruncher

Market Value:
Carded $200 – $300
Loose $25 – $40

Cruncher
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Cruncher was a member of the Berserkers, who were a group of evil mutants. Cruncher’s special feature was his Bear Hug Action.

Hammerhead

Market Value:
Carded $200 – $300
Loose $25 – $40

Hammerhead
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Hammerhead was a member of the Berserkers, who were a group of evil mutants. Hammer’s special feature was his Gripping and Shaking Action.

Ram Bam

Market Value:
Carded $200 – $300
Loose $25 – $40

Ram Bam
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Ram Bam was a member of the Berserkers, who were a group of evil mutants. Ram Bam’s special feature was his Zooming Action.

Top Spinner

Market Value:
Carded $200 – $300
Loose $25 – $40

Top Spinner
Accessories: Mace, Shield
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Top Spinner was a member of the Berserkers, who were a group of evil mutants. Spinner’s special feature was his Spinning Action.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Companions Figures

Ma-Mutt

Market Value:
Carded $275 – $375
Loose $45 – $70

Ma-Mutt
Accessories: Attached Chain
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Ma-Mutt was also available with the Series 2 Mumm-Ra figure, but was curiously named Ravage for that edition.

Snarf

Market Value:
Carded $200 – $300
Loose $30 – $45

Snarf
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Snarf was also available with the Series 2 Lion-O figure, and saw no variations between the two.

WilyKat

Market Value:
Carded $250 – $350
Loose $25 – $40

Wilykat
Accessories: Hover Board
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Wilykat was also available with the Series 1 and 2 Tygra figure, and saw no variations between the two.

WilyKit

Market Value:
Carded $250 – $350
Loose $25 – $40

Wilykit
Accessories: Hover Board
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Wilykit was also available with the Series 2 Cheetara figure, and saw no variations between the two.

Berbil Belle

Market Value:
Carded $225 – $300
Loose $50 – $75

Berbil Belle
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Belle is the lone female of the Berbil species, who are a clan of robotic bears and loyal friends of the Thundercats team.

Berbil Bert

Market Value:
Carded $225 – $300
Loose $50 – $75

Berbil Bert
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Bert is the cook and agriculture expert of the Berbil species, who are a clan of robotic bears and loyal friends of the Thundercats team.

Berbil Bill

Market Value:
Carded $225 – $300
Loose $50 – $75

Berbil Bill
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Bill is the elder leader of the Berbil species, who are a clan of robotic bears and loyal friends of the Thundercats team.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Exclusive Figures

Mummy Mumm-Ra was the first and only mail order or exclusive action figure released for the Thundercats line and was available in 1986 and 1987.

Mummy Mumm-Ra

Mummy Mumm-Ra Offer Form

Mumm-Ra (Mailer Box)

Market Value:
Boxed $70 – $100
Loose $20 – $35

Mummy Mumm-Ra
Accessories: Staff
Years Released: 1986, 1987
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but getting tougher each year
Notes: The Mummy-Mumm-Ra figure was the only figure ever to be offered by LJN as a mail order exclusive. It could be obtained by sending in proof of purchase points from the Thundercats packaging and was never offed in actual carded form. There was no Battle-Matic feature to Mummy Mumm-Ra, but he did have poseable arms and legs. There are no known variations to the Mummy figure.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Accessories

No action figure accessories were released for Wave 2 by LJN in 1986.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Creatures

No action figure creatures were released for Wave 2 by LJN in 1986.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Playsets

After not releasing any large scale playsets in 1985, LJN Toys released two different sets in 1986. The iconic Cat’s Lair and Mumm-Ra’s Tomb Fortress.

Cat’s Lair

Market Value:
Boxed $1,750 – $2,000
Loose $900 – $1,100

Cat’s Lair
Accessories: Mutant Attack Sled, Ion Cannon, Laser Sabers, Ladder, Trap Door, Cat Paws, Sticker Sheet, Instructions
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Cat’s Lair was the headquarters of the Thundercats team, as well as being the biggest item produced for the Thundercats line. The playset was incredibly detailed with a ton of playability features such as a laser system that worked with four laser cannons and a sound system that would activate when the defense system went off. The Cat’s Lair also had giant cat paws that would move to reveal a huge Ion Cannon. This playset was definitely a highlight of the Thundercats line and showed that LJN knew how to make a proper large scale set.

Mumm-Ra’s Tomb Fortress

Market Value:
Boxed $750 – $1,000
Loose $300 – $450

Mumm-Ra’s Tomb Fortress
Accessories: Mummy Mumm-Ra action figure, Minotaur, Crocodile Statues, Stickers Sheet, Instructions
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Since the good guys had the Cat’s Lair, the bad guys needed a place to gather and make their evil plans, so LJN gave us Mumm-Ra’s Tomb Fortress. The fortress wasn’t as large as the Cat’s Lair, but it was still pretty large. The exterior had glowing eyes and teeth from the skull itself while the interior featured a transformation chamber for Mumm-Ra (which would work really well if you had both Mumm-Ra figures). The playset came with the Mummy Mumm-Ra figure, which was also the same figure as the mail away version.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Vehicles

We got three brand new Thundercats action figure vehicles for the 2nd Wave in 1986.

Hovercat

Market Value:
Boxed $275 – $350
Loose $80 – $110

Hovercat
Accessories: Handlebars x 2, Wing Flaps x 2, Windscreen, Instructions
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Hovercat featured an action feature with a spinning rotor that was activated by pushing a trigger, along with “Turbo” sound effects. There are no known variations of the Hovercat.

Mutant Fist Pounder

Market Value:
Boxed $200 – $250
Loose $60 – $90

Mutant Fist Pounder
Accessories: Mechanical Fists x 2, Control Unit, Removable Chair w/ seatbelt, Ladder, Instructions
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Fist Pounder featured an action feature with pounding fists that were activated by simply pushing the vehicle along the floor. There are no known variations of the Mutant Fist Pounder.

Thunderclaw

Market Value:
Boxed $200 – $250
Loose $60 – $90

Thunderclaw
Accessories: Claws, Handlebars x 2, Sticker sheet, Instructions
Years Released: 1986
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Thunderclaw featured an action feature that would activate its Mutant Trapping Claws when the trigger was activated. There is a minor variation with an extra black wheel on its bottom.

Thundercats – Wave 2 (1986): Miniatures Figures Series

Other toy companies were allowed to create different variations of Thundercats figures, and the Kidworks Toy Company produced miniatures figures based on the characters which had already been released by LJN Toys from Series 1 and 2. The figures were only produced for the 1986 wave.

Miniatures Series Figures

Scarcity Factor for Miniature Figures: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year

  • Cheetara
    • Market Value: Carded $65 – $90 Loose $10 – $20
  • Grune
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • Hatchiman
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • Jackalman
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • Lion-O
    • Market Value: Carded $65 – $90 Loose $10 – $20
  • Monkian
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • Mumm-Ra
    • Market Value: Carded $65 – $90 Loose $10 – $20
  • Panthro
    • Market Value: Carded $65 – $90 Loose $10 – $20

Cheetara

Lion-O

Reptillian

Tygra

  • Ratar-O
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • Reptillian
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • S-S-Slithe
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • Snowman & Snowmeow
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • Tuska
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18
  • Tygra
    • Market Value: Carded $65 – $90 Loose $10 – $20
  • Vultureman
    • Market Value: Carded $45 – $70 Loose $8 – $18

Miniatures Series Accessories

Lion-O Transport Belt

Market Value:
Boxed $200 – $250
Loose $50 – $75

Lion-O Transport Belt
Year Released:
1986
Scarcity Factor:
Tough to find on secondary market

Weapons Pack

Market Value:
Carded $75 – $100
Loose $20 – $30

Weapons Pack
Year Released:
1986
Scarcity Factor:
Tough to find on secondary market

Miniatures Series Playsets

Cat’s Lair Play Set

Market Value:
Boxed $450 – $600
Loose $125 – $175

Cat’s Lair Play Set
Year Released:
1986
Scarcity Factor:
Tough to find on secondary market

Eye of Thundera Play Set

Market Value:
Boxed $300 – $400
Loose $75 – $125

Eye of Thundera Play Set
Year Released:
1986
Scarcity Factor:
Tough to find on secondary market

Mum-Ra’s Crypt

Market Value:
Boxed $300 – $400
Loose $75 – $125

Mum-Ra’s Crypt
Year Released:
1986
Scarcity Factor:
Tough to find on secondary market

After only one year on the market, the Thundercats were proving to be a massive success and had truly hit their peak in 1986. They had one of the most successful animated shows on television, and a hugely popular comic book line from Marvel Comics, through their Star Brand. After debuting in September of 1985, the Thundercats animated series was competing with GI Joe and Transformers as one of the most popular kid shows on television. This translated into an ultra successful toy line with sales reaching a fever pitch and the popular figures and accessories were getting harder and harder to keep on toy shelves. Thundercats merchandise was also spilling out of the action figure realm and into many other categories that were popular with kids at the time, such as clothing, backpacks, school supplies, lunch boxes, night lights, bed linens, plush items, decorations and role play accessories for kids to imitate their favorite characters. In short, basically anything that a logo could fit onto at the time. The Thundercats were most definitely riding a wave of popularity in 1986, that had carried over from the previous year.

The 2nd series of the Thundercats line, gave us 6 brand new figures, along with the original eight figures re-released with the new cardbacks. The new wave featured 3 good guys and 3 bad guys. For the heroes, we got Hachiman, Snowman of Hook Mountain and a Tuska Warrior. The bad guys got Grune the Destroyer, Ratar-O and Vultureman. A new Mummy Mumm-Ra mail-order figure was released for 1986 as well, which could be had for a few proof of purchase points. In addition, two new sub-sets were added with the Companions and Berserkers series. The Companions were mostly re-packs with a few new robotic bear figures added. The Berserkers featured new mini evil-doers with action features. These new figures would help expand the Thundercats world for future storylines and adventures. In addition to some great new figures, we got 3 new vehicles, with the Hovercat, Mutant Fist Pounder and the Thunderclaw, but literally the biggest thing to happen to the Thundercats line were the two large scale playsets released in Series two, the Cat’s Lair and Mumm-Ra’s Tomb Fortress. They were both highlights of the Thundercats line and are now very sought after by collectors.

The packaging for the Thundercats line in Series 2, was similar to the first series, expect for the addition of a large white starburst shape behind each figure under the bubble. The rest of the packaging remained the same as the previous year with the Thundercats logo siting at the very top of the card, just above the figure bubble, which was slightly to the left of the card. On the right side of the card, there was a small diagram or photo with the special action feature that particular figure had. Finally, the actual name of the character was on the very bottom of the figure bubble. Overall, the Thundercats packaging was simple but attractive, which was helped by the iconic and flashy Thundercats logo.