The Thundercats were a big BIG part of my childhood, and one of the reasons for that was thanks to my replica Sword of Omens, like the one you see above. In July ’88 I remember unwrapping my sword-shaped birthday present and being the happiest boy alive. Immediately I thrust it into the air and shouted “Thunder. Thunder. Thundercats. Hooooooooo!”. Alas, nothing much happened, except for the bemused look from my parents. But it didn’t matter, because I knew what this sword was capable of, and it had a light-up Eye – you didn’t get one of those on He-Man’s Power Sword!
I think I wanted every Thundercat item in the Argos catalogue that year but I was restricted to the Sword and a basic Lion-O figure. No “Hovercat” or “Thunderclaw” for me. I was fine with that though, the Sword went EVERYWHERE With me that summer, and there were numerous battery changes to keep the Eye glowing. As with most of my toys of that era, I’ve no idea what happened to them once I had moved on to the next big thing – I like to think that they were passed to the next generation to carry on the eternal fight against Mumm-Ra.
Images thanks to the 1988 Autumn/Winter catalogue found at Retromash.
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