Well Playmates has finally gotten around to showing off their sculpts for the next round of Classics figures. It’s Rocksteady and Bebop. Two of the most requested and popular figures in the toy line’s history. When Peter Laird gained control of the TMNT property fully a few years back, he took a very hardline stance against Rocksteady & Bebop. He couldn’t see them reinvented in any fashion as serious characters. As a result, Playmates never made any new toys of them, despite wanting to at times.
However, Nickelodeon doesn’t have such restrictions on Playmates and we knew that eventually a Classics line would have to include Shredder’s favorite mutant cretins. And they’re finally here in the plastic. After the success of the regular Turtles, we’ve all had high hopes that these goons would look just as good.
And look at that image. Perfect in just about every way. Man, I would pay $50 or more for these figures. Don’t they just look perfect?! I can’t wait to have these figures from Playmates… Oh, right… I almost forgot. These AREN’T the figures that Playmates is giving us, but rather a Photoshop manipulation from a guy on the forum named “grungethemovie”. So what are we getting? Take a look behind the cut…
What the HELL happened here? Who are these guys? Sure, we all know they’re Rocksteady and Bebop, but they’re basically only those two characters because they bare a passing resemblance to them. They don’t look like the cartoon. They don’t look like the comics. They don’t look like the video games. They don’t look like toys. They don’t look like licensing style guide artwork. So where the hell did these redesigns come from?!
This Rocksteady and Bebop looks like some demented fan art. Neat to look at, but not what I want out of toys. Definitely not what I want out of what should be the “definitive” Turtles toys. Hell, even putting aside some minor quibbles with the the bodies… THE HEADS.. My god man, the heads. Those heads make no sense whatsoever. Bebop has a GIANT melon while Rocksteady has a peanut head. Why is so much right here and yet so much is so very wrong.
I really have no idea what the hell Playmates is doing here, but it certainly feels like they’re kicking me in the balls. Why is that the some dude on a forum can Photoshop PERFECT Rocksteady and Bebop figures, but Playmates can’t make them? It truly boggles the mind. Sadly, I’ll still buy these figures because I’m desperate for a Rocksteady and Bebop.
And listen, I don’t mind a new artistic interpretation. I really don’t. Playmates made a lot of interesting variants of Rocksteady and Bebop in the vintage line, each looking more and more different than the previous. I get that. But these figures should at least highly resemble SOME of the classic elements. The TMNT Classics Turtles are a bit of an amalgam, and I expected these guys to be that as well… But this isn’t that. It’s just some random reinterpretation that misses the mark by a mile.
Come on Playmates. Do us a solid and remake these figures so that they actually look like Rocksteady and Bebop. Then if you want, you can release these monstrosities as variants or something. Seriously, I’ll buy both, so long as I get some good figures of Rocksteady and Bebop. Please?