“Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.”
The 1980’s brought leggings, shoulder pads, acid wash jeans, and Member’s Only jackets. Now some of these things are still around today if you know where to look. I do not pretend to be an omniscient source of knowledge when it comes to fashion, although I would like to think I put together a cute outfit, but differences in fashion each decade are very apparent and some designs come full circle.
Thundercats first aired in 1984. I watched the series in the 90s since I was born in 1987. Even being a late 80s baby, Thundercats was still a large part of my childhood along with other shows like the Herculoids, Space Ghost, and Masters of the Universe. When I heard there was going to be a new Thundercats series, I was not at all skeptical as other fans. I was the opposite. Incredibly excited. I rather like seeing the older series remade, keeping in mind that these series are for the newer generations and are by no means a replacement for the beloved series of the past.
Airing on July 29th, the 2011 Thundercats was all I wanted. But I’m not here to discuss and review the series as a whole. There are several reviews of the new Thundercats (most are very positive) already out there. I’m here to discuss the old designs versus the new ones. What did and did not like.
Let’s start with what made me squee. Wilykit, Wilykat, and Snarf!
I personally love the changes made to Wilkykit+kat! That does not mean I do not love their 80’s designs because I would choose Wilykit’s 80’s design over her newest one. I like Wilykat’s latest over his 80’s. They also seem more feline-like in the newest series. 80s Wilykit, being my favorite character from the 80s (because I was a little girl and wanted to be her), will always have a special place in my heart.
I actually do not like Snarf’s change. New Snarf is really cute. Too cute. I like cute things, and I like new Snarf, but he just can not replace 80s Snarf in my book. It just seems like such a drastic change, mainly because new Snarf does not speak. He also seems more of a pet compared to the protector and friend from the 80s.
Oh 80s Lion-O, sporting that amazing 80’s hair and body. Whose that next to him? That’s his 2011 counterpart. The most noticeable difference seems to be the appearance of age. 2011 Lion-O seems younger and not as built as the 80s version. His hair is a more choppy modern ‘do. So are his clothes (he’s wearing way more). I do not think there is one design I prefer over the other when it comes to Lion-O. They’re both equally Lion-O to me even if different interpretations.
I abhor Cheetara’s 80s design. There I said it. Honesty is the best policy, right? I never, ever liked that ugly orange, her wild blonde hair, or Kiss makeup. However the sex kitten of the original Thundercats still has a large fanboy following.
Absolutely in love with the new design, Cheetara also seems younger then her counterpart and the muted colors of her outfit fit better with the series. Actually, I think I will like to cosplay 2011 Cheetara because her design is so well done. It’s sexy without being too sexy. I can definitely take her seriously now.
Hard to find full length shots of Tygra without it being fanart or a figure. Still, just look at 2011 Tygra. His design is absolutely regal, fit for a king. It seems that only his clothes changed as everything else (face, “hair styling”, etc) is quite the same – which is good. I will not be missing his clingy, light blue spandex that’s for sure.
I love Panthro. He was always a badass and so was his design. Now, he is sporting some scars and spiked gloves making him the epitome of badass. Even with these new changes, I still like both designs quite equally.
Maybe 2011 Mumm Ra will shed his wraps and become the figure of my childhood nightmares. Seriously, 80s Mumm Ra visited me a couple of times in my nightly slumber. I expected more from the new Mumm Ra’s design. Hopefully he won’t be that skinny the entire series. His introduction into the current series was quite terrifying though giving me immensely high hopes for him. So, as of now, 80s Mumm Ra’s design wins for me. Jury is still deliberating on his 2011 redesign.