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Old 08-25-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
Ianm1225
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I am just wondering if anyone has ever asked Bandai or if anyone knows if they have the rights to do any of the Rankin/Bass cartoon characters, or if they are limited to just the previously made LJN figures and new cartoon characters? I'm just curious as there are a few of those characters that I'd love to have, and I've never seen anywhere where the question has actually been posed to Bandai directly.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Thundercats is NOT like He-Man where the rights were spread out among 2-3 different companies.

Presumably, Bandai has full access to the original cartoon characters, since LJN did not create the franchise (they were just a license, just as Bandai is now). HOWEVER, LJN also did a pretty good job in hitting the "key characters", so you are going to see a lot of overlap since Thundercats really doesn't appear to have the fanbase to support the "one off characters", especially in a line like Classics (which is where the old cartoon characters are apt to end up, unless Bandai starts a "4" Classics" line at some point)
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:15 AM   #3
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Memory Lane does a ton of the holiday Rankin/Bass stuff every year including a 1/18 line that they introduced last year. A great place to look at the Memory Lane stuff is at timeandspacetoys.com. They have a brick and mortar store here in Pittsburgh that's always chock-full of that stuff, especially come the holiday season.

As for the other more action oriented Rankin/Bass, I don't think we'll see those properties pop up anytime soon without a modernized media property to tie it to. And as far as I know Bandai wasn't linked to the entire catalog, so IF those properties show up again I'm sure Bandai will have to duke it out with other companies for the license.

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Old 08-25-2011, 11:17 AM   #4
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Cool thanks for the info! I was just wondering if there would ever be a chance of any of the folks like Mandora or the Lunataks in this line if it turns out to be popular!
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