Playmates Toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 80’s Rocksteady Figure Review


Playmates Toys is going retro, and introducing the 1980’s style of Bebop and Rocksteady, along with Leonardo in a trench coat disguise, into the modern Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toyline. With the current storyline of Mutants + Monsters on Nickelodeon, the next storyline that is featured is listed below.

Retro Shredder and Krang have transported themselves to modern day New York, but before they can conquer the city, they need to find a few trusty henchmen. Dimensions collide when today’s Bebop and Rocksteady sign up for the job and put on their retro counterparts classic villain look to take down the turtles!

Thank you to Playmates Toys for providing their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 80’s Rocksteady figure for review.

Availability: September 2017


As the description above states, the modern versions of Bebop and Rocksteady are dressed to look like their 80’s counterparts, and both are ready to start pounding on the turtles. Rocksteady is a retool from the previous figure, and includes some newly tooled parts and deco to resemble the dumb witted Rocksteady of the 80’s and 90’s.



Rocksteady shares most of the same parts, including the head, arms, torso, legs, hands, and even the accessories, and is given a newly tooled removable turtle shaped helmet, ammo belt and strap wrapped around his chest, which is made of soft plastic, and oversized brown shoes that are placed over the feet, and are removable.

The paint apps are also different, which does hide some of the reuse parts going on. The new paint applications are also inspired by 80’s Rocksteady, which includes beige tank top, brown and green striped pants, brown ammo belt and a brown strap around his chest and back, a green and yellow helmet that resembles the one for 80’s Rocksteady, and brown shoes that are made of soft plastic. The figure does retain some of the paint applications used on the modern character, such as the gold shoulder guards. The skin is also textured to resemble a Rhino’s skin, and the wrists include bracelets with images of the accessories, so you know which hand they fit into. On this figure, the left hand sculpt was so tight, it was impossible to fit the accessory into it, but that can be fixed with a blow dryer to soften up the plastic. The tusks on his head, and teeth are painted in a light grey, the gold tooth was left dark grey as the skin, and not painted in light grey  as the rest of the teeth were. His eyes are light blue, with white around it. The neck also has a light grey wash over it.

Overall, this is a gorgeous retool and repainted figure, and definitely something that both old school fans would love. The only downside is the shoulder swivel, and it’s unfortunate that Playmates Toys didn’t take the opportunity to update this part of the sculpt with swivel-hinged shoulders.


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