Since I’ve already mentioned the missing ab crunch, I’ll go ahead and lament a bit more about it. Tygra has all the same articulation as Lion-O, but for some reason Bandai skipped out on his ab-crunch. The ball-jointed waist still retains some of the movement, but Lion-O’s figure benefits greatly from that extra joint and I’m in favor of it being included for all future Classics figures. Here’s the full complement: a ball-jointed upper neck joint and a hinged lower neck, ball-jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel/ball/swivel wrists, a ball-jointed waist, ball-jointed hips, swivels at the thighs and calves, double hinged knees, and rocker ankles. It sounds like a lot and it is. Tygra’s capable of getting into some great poses.
Tygra includes a couple accessories, including an extra hand (he shares Lion-O’s same three, non-Claw hands) and two versions of his classic accessory, the bolo-whip. I’m not going to beat around the bush here, the bolo-whip looks flat out wrong in its retracted form (also, it strangely pops into two pieces). The extended version of the bolo-whip is pretty cool though – it’s ironically not as flexible as regular Lion-O’s Sword of Omens, but it’s a decent size thanks to being split up into two pieces in the package. Despite the articulation, I had some trouble getting good whipping poses out of him. It could just be me though, maybe I need to bone up my posing skills for whip-wielding characters.
Overall, like Lion-O, Tygra ended up being a pretty fun figure. Yeah, there’s a few flaws like the missing ab-crunch and the wrongly-colored insert-molded joints (seriously, Bandai, fix that), but the clean sculpt, great articulation, and sturdy construction make up for any points lost. I still haven’t learned much about Thundercats (though I have enjoyed Tygra in what little bits I’ve seen to prepare for these reviews), but I’m getting a kick out of the toy line so far. I’ve got a regular Lion-O now and he’s taken over the SDCC accessories so he can Tygra can hang out together on my shelf. I haven’t heard when/if anything is coming next in Thundercats Classics, but I’m excited for it already.