|Series 2 Rocksteady and Bebop along with the series 1 Turtles|
New Rocksteady and Bebop from Playmates' TMNT Classics
Both figures look like a blend of their cartoon depictions and the original toys and appear to feature great articulation. Personally, I'm hoping they at least come with the shields the original toys included(the manhole lid shield and the trash can lid). I know many fans are wondering where Splinter, Shreddar, and April are; it seems likely that A. Playmates isn't ready to produce 'unique figures yet (the turtles all share the same body mold and it appears that Rocksteady and Bebop might share a base body, also) or B. Playmates wants to make sure that there are plenty of important characters left to sustain this line for awhile. Putting out all of the big guns first could easily cause fans to lose interest in the line if Playmates decides to release less popular characters like Scumbug, Rat King, and Mondo gecko. Of course, there's also the issue that a number of fans still haven't completed their set of turtles yet. Releasing only two new figures in a wave (instead of four) gives case assortments more room for a second run of the Turtles to make sure fans stay interested. No one wants to collect a TMNT line if they don't have the turtles themselves. We should see these guys around the middle of 2013.
Written by: Jerry Reed Epic Review contributor