Thundercats: 4-inch Mumm-Ra by Ban Dai

I kicked off my look at the new Thundercats figures with the hero of the line, so I guess we’ll jump to the big bad next. Actually, the big bad would probably be Mumm-Ra in his buffed out crack-demon form. I’ll get to him soon, but today I’m a little pressed for time, so let’s do a quick look at the Basic Assortment version of Mumm-Ra in his shriveled up mummy form.

Wow. Ban Dai decided to humiliate poor Mumm-Ra by packaging him without his cloak on. It may be to show that the cloak is removable, since it was sculpted onto him on the classic LJN figure, but Mumm-Ra doesn’t look so hot without it. In fact he kind of looks like a drowned blue chiuaua. If I was a MOC collector, I might be put off by this, but as an opener, I think its cool that we see exactly what we’re getting and he fills out the bubble a lot better with all his accessories around him. I really dig Mumm-Ra’s artwork on the card as well. He looks like he’s going to tear someone’s throat out with his teeth.

Out of the package, Mumm-Ra looks like an old man in search of his walker. He’s gaunt and hunched over and not all that impressive. The face sculpt is well done and very similar to the Classic style of the character. I think Ban Dai did a fine job sculpting the bandages and leaving some loose and dangling and yet still making the figure work with the soft rubbery cloak. No doubt, he looks better with the cloak on, or at least a lot more familiar, but I’m happy to have the option to take if off of him too.

The original LJN version of shriveled, powered-down Mumm-Ra was just a PVC statue, so I’m willing to be more forgiving of the fact that new Mumm-Ra doesn’t have a heck of a lot of articulation. His head turns, not so much side to side, but in an upturned fashion because of the way his neck juts out in front of him. He has swivels in the shoulders and he can swivel in the waist. That’s it!

I have absolutely no idea what is going on with Mumm-Ra’s accessories, but that’s mainly because we haven’t seen much of him in the cartoon yet. He comes with what seems to be his own versions of the Sword of Omens in its shorter, dorment form, and Claw Shield. They’re definitely unique sculpts, particularly the shield, but you can see that they’re meant to be a similar set of weapons. Mumm-Ra can barely hold the sword, but the shield snaps on over his other arm pretty well. I may like these better when I find out what they’re all about, but right now I’m not too keen on them.

Admittedly, this version of Mumm-Ra isn’t all that exciting. All things considered, I think Ban Dai did a good job with him, and he’s definitely a must-have for any Thundercats collection, but I think he would have been better bundled with the Deluxe Mumm-Ra. I’m really curious to see if he’s going to get a 6-inch figure treatment, and if so what improvements will be made.