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?

12 Responses to Ninja Turtles Classics Rocksteady and Bebop Photos

  • Black Arbor says:

    Now now, those are probably just prototypes, and the finished product may be different. These are probably just so people can get the feel of them, and not to be taken as the final product. Now, Mattel’s Injustice figures, they look like abominations. I just nitpicked the Joker figure to death over at MintConditionCustoms.

    • Newton says:

      I’ll admit, something is better than nothing in this regard, but it’s a shame that they went in this strange direction instead of just delivering a solid Rocksteady & Bebop.

  • Tarman13 says:

    I see that they changed ROCKSTEADY’S head and gave him a much better skulpt yeah, I would pay top dollar too to get 2 sets of these— now for an Classic April O’ Neil, Shredder, Krang and Casey Jones— some Foot robots, a Triceratons and Leatherhead and i’m golden

  • Tarman13 says:

    OOOPS!!! i totally forgot to read the article and found out that someone PHOTOSHOP the pic awww man— my Heart skipped a beat when i saw the NEW photo— and i had my hopes up anyway GREAT pic there– it had me fooled

  • Agent 86 says:

    I personally don’t understand all the hatred being directed towards the new Bebop and Rocksteady. I think they look great. Not perfect, but great.

    The turtles are a mix of different design elements, including the original cartoon (particularly the season 1 designs), the original toys (i.e. skin colours, belts, belt buckles, facial expressions) and promotional material.

    Bebop and Rocksteady seem to be a similar mix of design elements with a primary focus on the original toys (as seen in the head-sculpts and the muscular build for both figures) and perhaps a secondary focus on the original cartoon due to the details in the costumes and the colours of the costumes.

    I do personally prefer the “photoshopped” headsculpts, but I’m still going to be overjoyed at receiving the figures even if Bebop and Rocksteady look like the prototypes.

  • Zach S. says:

    Wow…yeah, originally I thought the figures looked ok. But after seeing the photoshopped version, I’m tremendously sad that I won’t get those versions. They look perfect.

  • Geddy says:

    I gotta say, I like the actual versions better than the photoshops. Something about their extra-stylized nature just works for me.

    That said, I totally get the issues that all of the lifelong fans have with them. It is a weird direction to have gone in and though it works for me, I haven’t been part of the TMNT fandom long enough for my opinion to matter.

  • Bigbot says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with these figures. I grew up with TMNT, but I always thought of Bebop and Rocksteady as jokes. That doctored photo reminds me more of the jokes they were and less of what they could have been like the prototypes.

  • clark says:

    I think Rocksteady and Bebop look like really fun figures, and may be what gets me to actually buy some of the classics figures. If not, they can fight the basic turtles.

    • Newton says:

      The newer released pics make the figures look MUCH better. Still not as good as the Photoshops, but definitely better than these early photos. Which, I suppose is to be expected.

      Anywho, they’d look pretty neat against the basics too.

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