In the early 1980s, LJN was contracted to manufacture the Thundercats toy line. The characters were created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf and originally featured in an animated television series named ThunderCats, running from 1985 to 1989, which was animated by Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation.
Unlike many other toys being produced at that time, the LJN Thundercats toy line was unique due to almost every toy having some sort of a "Battle-Matic" action. This feature, which made the toys extremely popular among children, was also employed by LJN in its previous toy line, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
The toys and action figures were released in three series over a span of three years with each series boasting new additions as well as re-releases of previous toys. Most of the toys came packaged along with a fold-out "Mini Catalogue" which advertised all the toys available in that year's release. With each new release, the catalogues were updated to include the new toys that were introduced.
LJN Thundercats figures included:
There were a number of figures and vehicles that were advertised in the LJN catalogues but were never produced. Only a few prototypes of these toys were made.
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