Bebop and Rocksteady
Bebop and Rocksteady are fictional warthog and rhinoceroshenchmen appearing in publications featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and all related media. Bebop was based on Perth musician Tom Waterhouse, and Rocksteady off Paul DiScerni. They follow the orders of villain Shredder, leader of the Foot Clan. Their names are both derived from genres of Black music: bebop is a style of jazz, while rocksteady is a Jamaican music style, a precursor to reggae.
The characters were designed by Peter Laird while negotiating the Turtles action figure deal with Playmates Toys, because they wanted more characters to release. They were added into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated television series and given names, personalities and an origin story by writer David Wise, based on instructions by Fred Wolf to "put more mutants in the series".
Transition to comic books and publication history
Rocksteady and Bebop were featured in the comic book series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, with similar origins and dimwittedness. As told in the cartoon, they were street gang members mutated by the Shredder to help him defeat the turtles.
As the series progressed, the animal side of Bebop and Rocksteady surfaced as they dreamed and longed for the 'old days' when they were just animals in the wild (Rocksteady in particular had dreams where he was a real rhino in the wild). When the Shredder and his bunch were defeated by the TMNT in the 'Final Conflict' (issue #13), Rocksteady and Bebop were banished to an Eden World, a huge paradise planet in Dimension X, full of wilderness and natural wildlife, without any humans or similar to disrupt their peace, and they enjoyed it.
In issues ##25, Krang, who was banished to the toxic waste dump planet Morbus for exiled criminals, befriended two other criminals, Slash and Bellybomb. The group stole a spaceship and headed to Earth and happened to stop along the way at the same Eden World that Bebop and Rocksteady inhabited. Being bored of Paradise, Rocksteady and Bebop joined them on the trip back to Earth. However, rather than battle the turtles, the pair left Krang and the villains to fight the turtles and wandered the streets of New York City on their own. They robbed a clothing store to get clothes similar to their original attire, and a gun store for some guns. They then went to the zoo and blasted all the cages, setting all the animals free. Just as the turtles managed to defeat Krang (who had taken over Shredder's body), Rocksteady and Bebop arrived with guns and all the zoo animals, intending to take them back to the same Eden World. The turtles surrendered and let Bebop and Rocksteady escape in the spaceship with the animals. Leonardo asked them to take the defeated Krang and Bellybomb with them back to Morbus in Dimension X (Slash had already left the scene and was wandering the city). Bebop and Rocksteady did as asked and bid the Ninja Turtles farewell. The final panel of #25 shows the two mutants removing their clothes and going back to their simple life in the wilds of the Eden World.
Bebop and Rocksteady maintained the abilities they demonstrated in the cartoon including their superhuman strength. After the initial mini series, the duo seemed to become even less intelligent than their cartoon versions.
In Archie Comics's Sonic Universe #29 (June ), Bebop and Rocksteady are seen in the Zone Jail, ready to bully Sonic the Hedgehog's evil counterpart Scourge, who was reading "How Not to Be Seen".
Bebop and Rocksteady are shown in their human forms in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro Series #1 (December ). They work alongside an Arctic fox mutant named Alopex and appear mutated in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #25 (August ). Their back story is told in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villains Micro-Series #7 (October ).
In this version, they fully understood the implications of their mutation, having successfully fought and defeated all other candidates for the right after being defeated by the Turtles as humans. It is revealed in the micro-series that having been kicked out of gangs in the past owing to their incompetence, they are fanatically determined to remain in the Foot Clan.
They were ordered by Shredder to kill Donatello, which they carried out. Rocksteady smashed Donatello's shell with a sledgehammer, leaving the Turtle in a pool of blood. However, Donatello clung to life long enough for his consciousness to be temporarily transferred into the robot Metalhead while his turtle body was being restored. After Shredder's death in issue #50, Bebop and Rocksteady desert the Foot and, after inadvertently coming into contact with Savanti Romero and his stolen Time Scepter, wreak so much havoc across the multiverse that all reality is pushed to the brink of obliteration; the Turtles and their time mistress friend Renet just barely manage to avert that catastrophe.
In other media
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (–)
Bebop (voiced by Barry Gordon in most appearances, Greg Berg in some episodes) and Rocksteady (voiced by Cam Clarke) were introduced in the series as part of a human street gang in New York City that was employed by Shredder. Rocksteady was a short and stocky blond Caucasian man (who sported army camouflage pants that would be replaced with simple beige cargo pants later while also occasionally sporting a strong army helmet on his head in his mutated form). Bebop was a taller African American man with a purple mohawk. With the other members of their gang, they were sent out to stop a Channel 6 reporter named April O'Neil from doing a report about crime in the city. April ran down into the sewers while being chased by the street gang and met the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who then defeated the gang in a fight.
After this humiliating setback, The Shredder developed a plan to defeat the Turtles by mutating members of the street gang that Rocksteady and Bebop are a part of so that they would have abilities greater than the Turtles'. Rocksteady and Bebop both volunteered to undergo the procedure first (though neither was particularly aware of what it would entail) with the promise that it would allow them to exact revenge on the Turtles. As the result of being brought into contact with a common warthog and a black rhinoceros that Shredder had abducted from the zoo, Bebop mutated into a humanoid mutant warthog while Rocksteady mutated into a humanoid mutant black rhinoceros.
Although the transformation did make them larger and stronger, they remained bungling, incompetent simpletons and were completely inept at stopping the Turtles or carrying out Shredder's plans. Throughout most of the series, they tried to attack the Turtles with brute force, without applying knowledge and strategy. In the episode "The Missing Map," when the two were accidentally caught in Krang's "brain extraction" machine, the results concluded there was "no data to extract," implying that the two possessed little or no knowledge. Most of the time, the Turtles consider them to be formidable in combat (despite their stupidity) due to their great strength and endurance, and as such, often have to resort to using their surroundings to outwit them rather than fighting them in a straightforward manner. But their attempts at the turtles seem to regularly fail due to their incompetence and goofing behavior, which all leads to them being abused both physically and verbally by Shredder and Krang, and the former even fired them in one episode.
In one episode of the series, Bebop was shown to have kept a pet turtle, which got mutated into the evil turtle Slash.
In Planet of the Turtleoids, Part 1, Bebop and Rocksteady were responsible for causing a red bull and a mole to be exposed to a mutagen-showering machine at the zoo, transforming them into Groundchuck and Dirtbag, by accidentally setting them free at the same time when Shredder and Krang wanted to mutate a lion and a gorilla (which were freed by the Turtleoid Kerma) to be their latest henchmen.
In season eight, Bebop and Rocksteady seemed to have some form of intelligence, and talked and joked around less. Rocksteady and Bebop's last appearance is in the season 8 finale Turtle Trek. In that episode, the Turtles destroy the Technodrome's engines, trapping it and its inhabitants in Dimension X for good. While their bosses Krang and Shredder returned in the 10th and final season, Bebop and Rocksteady did not. Their ultimate fate was not explained, although it is assumed that they are still somewhere in Dimension X.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (–)
In the series episode "Fallen Angel", two characters are seen that are dressed like Bebop and Rocksteady, and resemble their pre-mutated appearances. In the episode "Samurai Tourist", the character Gen, also an anthropomorphic rhinoceros, puts on human clothing that makes him look almost identical to Rocksteady. Also in that episode, Gen is chased by Kojima, an assassin who happens to be a humanoid warthog.
In the Fast Forward episode "Future Shellshock", Michelangelo falls out of a flying truck and onto another vehicle, the driver of which greatly resembles Bebop, only with smaller, more modern sunglasses.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (–)
Bebop and Rocksteady appear in the incarnation, voiced by J. B. Smoove and Fred Tatasciore, respectively.
Rocksteady was first introduced in the series as Ivan Steranko, a Russianarms dealer and artifact collector with a gold tooth, a diamond right eye, and armed with a pair of brass knuckles (which have a picture of the Soviethammer and sickle on each), who is an old friend and business partner of the Shredder's. Steranko is known to have Excalibur, the Spear of Destiny, Alexander the Great's armor, tanks, a polar bearhunting trophy, and a taxidermyrhinoceros in his collection and the ability to tell the difference between a fake artifact and a real one. He first appeared in "Enemy of My Enemy," where he met with Shredder for a weapons deal. Shredder didn't seem to trust him very well, and had the cargo searched just in case Steranko was pulling any tricks. During the Turtles' fight with Shredder, Steranko got knocked out by the weapon that was being sold to the Foot Clan. In "A Chinatown Ghost Story," it was mentioned that Steranko would pay the Purple Dragons through the roof for the Mystic Dagger.
Bebop was later on introduced as Anton Zeck, an African American professional thief in a high-tech Tron-based suit with an energy Mohawk, his dance is almost similar to Michael Jackson's moves, and armed with high-tech gadgets who gave Steranko his diamond right eye in an earlier encounter. He first appeared in "The Legend of the Kuro Kabuto," where he was sent by Steranko to steal Shredder's helmet, the titular Kuro Kabuto. Following his theft, where he left his calling card on a glued-down Rahzar, Zeck ran into the Turtles, who stole the kabuto from him. The Turtles, Rahzar, Fishface, Tiger Claw, and Baxter Stockman fought Zeck over the helmet, but he managed to evade them. When Zeck met up with Steranko in his helicopter, they both discovered that Leonardo swapped the helmet out with dirty diapers at the last minute, to Steranko's rage.
In "Serpent Hunt" and "The Pig and the Rhino", three months after the Kraang conquered New York, a desperate Steranko and Zeck resolve to capture the mutated Karai in exchange for Shredder securing their safe departure from the city. The duo succeeded, but Shredder was livid at the revelation that Steranko was behind the theft of the Kabuto helmet and that Karai escaped when the Turtles interfered. An enraged Shredder proceed to have the duo mutated in Stockman-Fly's lab, Zeck and Steranko respectively exposed to common warthog and white rhinoceros DNA introduced to their two mutagen exposure. After made Foot Clan members against their will, the two are sent after Karai before deciding to go after the Turtles instead out of misplaced revenge. They managed to capture Donatello, Raphael, April O'Neil and Casey Jones before cornering Leonardo and Michelangelo at Coney Island, the latter serving as a distraction while coming up with their mutant names from the van they arrived in. Steranko like "Rocksteady" while Zeck was not fond of initially "Bebop", the two ultimately escaping after briefly fighting the heroes over the retro-mutagen batch Donatello had concocted. They were able to recapture Karai and deliver her to their new master. Rocksteady became the Shredder's connection to the Russian mafia, as mentioned in "Casey Jones Vs. the Underworld".
In "The Noxious Avenger", Bebop and Rocksteady were tasked by Stockman to retrieve a chemical known as "Reagent-X" (and some groceries, to their anger) in order for to create a mind control serum for Shredder to use on Karai, inadvertently finding some mutagen in the process. During their battle with the Turtles however, the mutagen they found wound up being thrown by Zeck all over humble sewer worker-turned-garbage man Garson Grunge, who mutated into Muckman. After witnessing him defeat the Turtles in a later encounter, Bebop and Rocksteady took advantage of the lost and confused Muckman, by convincing him that it was the Turtles' doing for his mutation. Muckman then temporarily helped the duo steal another chemical fighting the Turtles, but eventually came to his senses after noticing Bebop and Rocksteady's true nature when the Turtles rescued him, thus turning on them and destroying the chemical, which caused Bebop and Rocksteady to retreat. In "Meet Mondo Gecko", the two attended Xever's underground mutant race with the rest of the Foot and other mutants who were foes of the Turtles. In "The Deadly Venom," a mind-controlled Karai was able to defeat Rocksteady in combat as part of a test to see if the mind-control serum worked on her.
In "Attack of the Mega Shredder!" the duo are ordered to maintain constant surveillance of the Foot's base, as the Shredder believes the Turtles will soon infiltrate it. Shredder's premonition is proven correct and the two help Tiger Claw and a new trio of Shredder mutants fend off the Turtles. The two capture Leonardo and Michelangelo when they infiltrate the base once again, and prepare to dump them into Stockman's vat of mutagen. However, the two are tricked by Leonardo to create a massive mutant from the Turtles and the three Shredder mutants. Bebop also dumps some sardines into the vat with the Shredder mutants, inadvertently creating a massive Shredder mutant Kaiju that goes on a rampage. After the Turtles defeat the monster, the Shredder is livid at the two, and orders Tiger Claw to deal them a savage beating for their failures.
The duo helped subdue the Turtles to be placed in Karai's traps during "The Fourfold Trap", also suffering a brutal defeat at the hands of Splinter when he came looking for his sons. In "Annihilation: Earth" Pt. 2, when the Triceratons came to Earth with the intention of destroying it, the two helped battle the aliens until Shredder doomed them all by killing Splinter. Terrified, the two embraced each other as they were sucked into the black hole generated by the Triceratons, making them among the first casualties of the destruction of the Earth. However, thanks to Professor Zayton Honeycutt reversing time back six months to before the events of "Annihilation: Earth", the duo were revived, and thanks to the Turtles of the future, the Black Hole Generator is stopped, before being destroyed, along with the Triceraton Mother Ship, by the Fugitoid in a kamikaze attack. Shredder is beaten by Splinter, and the duo are forced to flee Manhattan with the rest of Shredder's crew.
They reappear at the end of "City at War", where taking refuge in a condominium deep in the woods, the duo act as bodyguards for Shredder as he is cared for by Stockman-Fly due to the injuries he sustained leaving him hooked up to medical equipment to keep him alive before Stockman-Fly injects him with mutagen. They soon are teamed up with Tiger Claw in "Broken Foot" to defend the Auman Chemicals factory from Karai as she begins to systematically take down Shredder's criminal empire one piece at a time. After Karai, Shinigami, and Leo are able to damage the factory, but are forced to flee due to being outnumbered by Foot-bots, the duo pursue the Party Wagon, and manage to crash it by removing one of its back tires with their own van's weapons, but the Turtles escape. They regroup with Tiger Claw to defend the factory producing the Foot-bots, but though they manage to capture Karai, Shinigami, and the Foot Ninja with them, the Turtles, minus Donatello, who was injured by the earlier attack's explosives, are able to rescue them and destroy the factory, forcing the duo and Tiger Claw to escape before the NYPD arrived to investigate the destruction.
When their master was fully restored to full strength (and upon receiving a massive dose of special mutagen), they were ordered to seek out the Turtles down in the subway sewers. They eventually succeeded in breaking through the steel door, where the Turtles, April, and Karai were hiding. The pair clashed with the Turtles several more times before the death of the Shredder in the fourth season finale, "Owari". Despite the death of their master, Tiger Claw, the new leader of the Foot, pressed them into service once again. After the demodragon Kavaxas (voiced by Mark Hamill) resurrected the Shredder as a shambling corpse, Bebop and Rocksteady abandoned the Foot Clan for good in "End Times", out of an accurate fear that they were in over their heads.
In the three-part episode saga Crossover Tales, Bebop and Rocksteady are employed by counterparts of Shredder and Krang to conquer Earth of both and realities along with eliminates both realities' Turtles. Despite the frequent mistreatment from Shredder and Krang due to their history with their counterparts, Bebop and Rocksteady earn their respect before turning upon realizing they intend to destroy the planet and consider becoming super heroes instead. When the Turtles return to their reality, they tell the versions of Bebop and Rocksteady that they're allowed to choose their own lives, causing the two to start re-considering their life choices.
When Nickelodeon Rocksteady shows up his merits before he joined the Foot Clan, it shows he fought as a volunteer in Iraq, the Yugoslavian Civil War and the Congo Wars.
- Bebop and Rocksteady were planned to be included in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird objected, partially due to having to go through legal clearances for the characters, resulting in the characters being replaced by Tokka and Rahzar.
- Bebop and Rocksteady are mentioned in the song "Shell Shock" by Gym Class Heroes, featuring during the end credits of TMNT.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear in Turtles Forever, voiced by Braford Cameron and Johnny Castro, respectively. Their human forms are also seen when the Turtles first travel back to the dimension. In a flashback describing how the Turtles crossed dimensions, they said to their Turtle counterparts that they were facing off against Shredder and the Technodrome, meaning that he got the machine out of Dimension X (as well as Rocksteady and Bebop). Their incompetence is still shown, although it ended up saving the Shredder when Rocksteady accidentally tripped over and unplugged a laser that was about to destroy him, although Bebop ended up obliterating the Shredder anyway when he replugged the same laser device all the while thinking he would be pleased that they "fixed" his machine. All this happened just as the Utrom Shredder was unleashing a plan that would wipe out Ninja Turtles of all planes of existence (even if it meant destroying himself since he was still linked to them), so ironically, Bebop saved all of Turtle existence.
- Bebop and Rocksteady were planned to be included in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but did not make it into the final draft.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, portrayed by Gary Anthony Williams and Sheamus, respectively. While Bebop's true name is Anton Zeck, the rap sheet in prison guard Casey Jones' hand lists Rocksteady as Owen Rocksteed (though it mentions Ivan Steranko as one of his aliases). Originally, they were two criminals being transported at the same time as the Shredder, after they provide assistance in Shredder's rescue and escape themselves, he selects them as test subjects for a new variation of the mutagen, which taps into dormant animal DNA in their system from a point before life on Earth began to evolve in different routes, causing them to mutate into their more familiar states. As the result of tapping common warthog and white rhinoceros DNA into their system, Bebop mutated into a humanoid mutant warthog while Rocksteady mutated into a humanoid mutant white rhinoceros. While portrayed as more competent than their cartoonish incarnations, Rocksteady and Bebop are powerful fighters but intellectually limited. They constantly goof around, are easily distracted, and at one point Rocksteady becomes completely carried away in the heat of battle and attempts to shoot at the turtles with a Mark 19 grenade launcher mounted on an M1 Abrams tank while they are in a transport plane, resulting in him destroying the cockpit and sending the plane into a crash-dive into a river. There are no scenes in the movie in which Bebop and Rocksteady are seen apart. Casey Jones later fights Bebop and Rocksteady in TCRI's parking garage and tricks them into going into an intermodal container where Casey sets off one of their miniature explosives. Around the end of the movie, it was mentioned in April's news broadcast that Bebop and Rocksteady have been arrested and are in police custody.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear as bosses in the NES game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear as bosses in the arcade game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In the game, the Turtles defeat Rocksteady in the first level and Bebop in the second level, and then have a rematch with Rocksteady and Bebop together immediately before rescuing April. Occasionally, Rocksteady and Bebop bump into each other in their attempts to charge the Turtles, but it only resets their stamina to full (but not their overall health). When the game was released on the NES, the rematch with Rocksteady and Bebop was replaced with a second battle with Baxter Stockman in his mutated insect form.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear as bosses in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project. In this version, Bebop is armed with a head-mounted ball and chain.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear as bosses in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear as bosses in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear as bosses in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Missions.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear in the Super NES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. They are paired together as a double-boss, and appear in the pirate ship level where the time travel goes to , which in the arcade version was formerly Tokka and Rahzar's level (Tokka and Rahzar became minibosses in the Technodrome level instead).
- Rocksteady appears as a boss in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist. Bebop, however, is nowhere to be seen in this game.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear in the background of the Mount Olympus arena in the Super NES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear as bosses in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, voiced by André Sogliuzzo and Cam Clarke, respectively.
- Bebop and Rocksteady appear as bosses in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, voiced by Tim Dadabo and Fred Tatasciore, respectively.
Bebop and Rocksteady were among the first 10 action figures released by Playmates Toys in Rocksteady was packaged with a "Retromutagen Rifle" which was most likely modeled after a US ArmyM60 general purpose machine gun. Other accessories included a "Turtle Carver Knife" (a bowie knife), a "Manhole Cover Shield", and a removable belt with turtle shell trophies. Bebop was packaged with a "Turtle Shell Drill" (which resembled a power drill but with its own telescopic sight attached), a double-edged knife that resembled the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife, and a trashcan lid for a shield. Both retailed originally at $ each.
Bebop and Rocksteady saw continuous release as they were on store shelves for close to a decade from to Three years later both Bebop and Rocksteady were reissued as KB Toys exclusives commemorating 10 years of the first toy line. The reissues have the date stamps changed from to Both figures were reissued again in to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Other figure incarnations of Bebop and Rocksteady were produced for the Wacky Action, Night Ninjas, Mutant Military 2, Mutation, Smash 'em/Bash 'em, Tournament Fighters, Sewer Heroes, and Warriors of the Forgotten Sewer sub lines and in 13 in. "Giant" scale. In late , figures of Bebop and Rocksteady were released for the Classic Collection toy line.
In the series, Rocksteady and Bebop were armed with various types, makes, and models of firearms and laser weaponry from both Earth and Dimension X. In the early episodes of the cartoon series, Bebop and Rocksteady were armed with automatic rifles and machine guns, which they used against the Turtles. Later in the series, they were armed with laser rifles and pistols from Dimension X. In "The Cat Woman from Channel Six", Rocksteady carried a sword and Bebop carried a baseball bat.
Besides the extensive array of firepower from both Earth and Dimension X at their disposal, Bebop and Rocksteady were also armed with combat knives; Bebop with a double-edged knife (which resembles the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife) and Rocksteady with a machete. In some episodes, they are seen fighting over a club.
The use of firearms and laser weaponry by Bebop and Rocksteady help to differentiate them from both the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter, the Shredder, and the Foot Soldiers/Ninjas who use traditional ninja weaponry. This is because Bebop and Rocksteady were never ninjas, but street punks that were skilled in the use of firearms and knives before they were mutated.
In the game series they use a variety of different weapons. In TMNT: The Arcade Game, Rocksteady used a machine gun while Bebop used a ray gun. In The Manhattan Project, Rocksteady uses a harpoon gun, while Bebop uses a ball and chain mounted on his head. They were absent from the arcade version of Turtles in Time, but in the Super NES version, Rocksteady and Bebop were dressed as a pirate captain and first mate respectively. Rocksteady used a rapier while Bebop used a whip.
In the series, Anton Zeck/Bebop is equipped with many gadgets, such as gauntlet-mounted lasers, z-ray glasses, a sliding backpack, a tub of glue, a cloaking device run by Double A batteries, a laser Mohawk, and belt-mounted laser-blasters. Ivan Steranko/Rocksteady is equipped with two brass knuckles, a war hammer, a sickle, a laser chaingun, a flamethrower, a dart-rifle, and grenades.
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Shell It Out: The 15 Most Valuable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys Ever
In May of , a self-published comic book about an unlikely group of martial arts heroes laid the foundation for what would become a massive, media-spanning franchise. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 was the brainchild of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The modest black and white publication was printed in a limited run of 3, copies, financed with funds from a tax refund and a loan from an uncle. The book was published as a single-issue parody of established (and popular) comics like Marvel's Daredevil and New Mutants andDC’s Ronin.
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The uniqueness of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and the low print runs) quickly led to the book becoming a sensation in the comic book arena. In , the Turtles were adapted to the small screen for a cartoon. Playmates Toys soon signed on as associate producers and developed a line of action figure line based on Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael. Since , countless numbers of figures have been made, making TMNT one of the most successful toylines in history. Many of the earlier figures are highly desired by collectors now, so we’ve come out of our very comfy shell to create for CBR readers this list of the 15 most valuable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys.
15 MOVIE STAR SUPER SHREDDER ()
In , fans of the Turtles entertainment franchise saw the long-awaited release of the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze. The Super Shredder (aka The Movie Star Super Shredder) was an action figure release based on this villain's super cool appearance in the film. Two rare Super Shredder variants were also produced, the first featuring a black bodysuit that was only obtainable via a mail-in promotional campaign with Chef Boyardee, and another with purple armor that was made available only in Europe.
The TMNT Super Shredder figure came blister packed with an assortment of cool accessories, including a Shredder communicator, Sinister Spiked Staff, Shred Studded Belt and two mini Ooze Cannisters. Representing the most affordable figures in this list, a MOC (mint on card) Super Shredder recently sold at auction for the low, low price of $
14 BEBOP ()
The “Powerhouse Punk Enforcer” for the Foot Clan known as Bebop was the third of four different villains released in as part of the original Playmate Toys’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure toyline. As a henchman serving under the evil Shredder and his Foot Clan, Bebop was third in command after Rocksteady, his troublemaking partner in crime. Despite being a bad guy, Bebop’s punk rock fashion aesthetic -- complete with tattoos, Mohawk hairstyle, baby blue shades and high-top sneakers -- helped to make him a favorite among young fans.
Bebop’s no frills accessories included the Turtle Shell Drill, Garbage Can Shield, and Knife; those turtle shells worn by Bebop as shoulder pads appear to suggest how this punk rock villain’s weapons of choice were used. At auction today a mint condition Bebop still in its original packaging will cost the TMNT collector around $ bucks.
13 FOOT SOLDIER ()
In the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the (fictional) Foot Clan is recognized as the most notorious ninja clan in all of Japan. The leader of the Foot Clan is Oroku Saki, otherwise known to his enemies as “Shredder.” And helping to carry out Shredder's diabolical schemes is an endless army of faceless Foot Soldiers. Originally comprised of human followers of Shredder, the Foot Soldiers is now made up of robotic androids.
Playmates' releases always included a generous assortment of accessories, and the Foot Soldier figure was no different. Included in the blister pack were an Electro-Shock Mace, Turtle Shell Biter, Turtle Carver Knife and a “Weapons Rack.” Today, a mint condition Foot Soldier figure still sealed in its original blister pack will cost the TMNT collector upwards of $
12 DONATELLO ()
Here's a fun factoid: When the Turtles were first created for the black and white comic book in which they made their debut, they all wore black masks over their eyes. In the original book, the different weapons that each carried helped to distinguish one from another. When the Turtles were licensed for the mass consumption of kids by way of Saturday morning ‘toons, action figures, and a color comic book series from Archie Comics, the bandanas were changed to primary colors so that kids could more easily distinguish between them.
Distinguished by the purple mask with matching kneepads, bo staff, and the letter “D” on his belt is the creative genius of the team Donatello. He’s the first of his team make the list of the most valuable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys and he is valuable. Recently at auction a Donatello figure sold for $ greenbacks.
11 30TH ANNIVERSARY CARTOON BOX
In celebration of 30 years of animated adventures of everyone's favorite "heroes in a half shell," Neca Toys produced a stellar San Diego Comic-Con exclusive limited edition collector's set with carrying case. This totally awesome assortment boasts 8 action figures (Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Shredder, Krang with Bubble Walker, and 2 Foot Soldiers) and ridiculously cool number of accessories, all packed into two different figure trays in the vinyl carrying case. The collector's case itself boasts original illustrations by Archie Comics’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures artist, Ken Mitchroney.
Produced in a limited edition of 5, sets, Neca Toys' Comic-Con exclusive 30th Anniversary Cartoon Box was originally released with a retail price of $, a steal considering everything this case holds. But they usually go for higher on the secondary market. At the time of this writing a set recently sold for $
10 MICHELANGELO ()
Here's another fun factoid: In , when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 was published, the name of one of the book’s heroes was misspelled. Michelangelo (aka Mikey) was originally misspelled "Michaelangelo" by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. In addition to that, Laird has also revealed that the reason why the Turtles have names based on Renaissance artists -- as opposed to monikers from the Land of the Rising Sun -- was because the duo couldn't come up with convincing Japanese names.
A Ninja Turtle by any other name is still a martial arts butt kicker, and punching his way into the #10 spot on this list is Michelangelo, wearer of the orange mask and the skillful wielder of matching nunchucks. Recently at auction, a Michelangelo figure sold for $, which seems like something’ that would give Mickey reason to say, in his Southern California accent: “Party on, dude!”
9 LEONARDO ()
Kicking his way into the #9 spot of this list of the 15 most valuable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys is Leonardo, Master Splinter’s star pupil and the Battle Commander of the Turtles. Leo wears the blue mask with matching kneepads and his identifying weapons of choice are the Katana Blades, Turtle Fist Dagger, Ninja Stars, and the Kama.
As you can probably tell from the image above, Leonardo is a Turtle on a mission when it comes to kicking bad guy butt. “No matter how dangerous the situation,” reads the back of his blister pack, “Leo doesn't mind sticking his neck out. His primary objective in life: cut Shredder down to size!” Like the previously discussed Michelangelo, the Leonardo figure still sealed in its original packaging also sold for $ at auction recently.
8 RAPHAEL ()
When creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 made its debut in (with a limited original print run of 3, copies), the book was sold for the cover price of $ a copy. Three decades later, mint condition copies of this highly desired comic book are actually worth about 2, times its cover price, making TMNT#1 the most valuable published in the '80s -- by any publisher.
Despite being produced in mass quantities, as already shown with the previous entries, TMNT action figures also command a pretty penny for toys still sealed in their original packaging. Although they’re not valued at 2, times their original SRP (suggested retail price), figures like the Raphael are worth 80 times its original $ SRP. Recently at auction, a minty fresh Raphael sold for $ smackers.
7 CEREBRAL (KRANG)
Since , Playmates Toys has been responsible for the lion’s share of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures and related accessories released to the toy marketplace. To this day, the company remains the primary maker of Turtle-related toys, but other companies have also begun offering their very own interpretations of characters from TMNT’s colorful catalog of characters. One of the first such releases was ’s NT Cerebral (Krang) figure from First Gokin, a 3rd party toy maker specializing in high-end action figures.
Marking the beginning of what fans could expect from First Gokin’s “NT” line of Ninja Turtle homage figures, Cerebral is an impressive interpretation of the cyborg exo-suit piloted by the brain-sized mutantKrang (one of the most memorable villains from TMNT cartoons). The figure features remarkably detailed design and rich color scheme application, which justifies the $ price range within which this figure currently sells.
6 SHOGUN SHOATE ()
Described on his blister card as the "Metallic Mad Shogun Mauler," 's Shogun Shoate was one of a dozen or so late introductions into the TMNT toyline. This tail-end entry would result in the figure being overlooked by buyers at the time of its initial release. In the intervening years, though, Shoate’s star has risen sharply (under the law of supply and demand), and the figure is at the top of the “most wanted” of many toy collectors today.
Along with the "muscled, mutated and mad-tempered" Shoate, came an assortment of Metallized Shogun Accessories. These included Reptilian Metallized Battle Armor, Dragon-headed Double Dose Axe, Slithery Sharp Snake Slicer, and Long Lizard Blade. Today a fully accessorized Shogun Shoate action figure in MOC (mint on card) condition sells for about $ dollars at auction.
5 ROCKSTEADY ()
Who wudda' thunk that of the Turtles' best known villains, it would be Rocksteady and not Shredder in the top five of the most valuable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys? This mutant G.I. Mauler is Shredder's #1 Thug and also the longtime partner-in-crime of Bebop. Along with the aforementioned baddies and the grunt-level Foot Soldier, Rocksteady helped to make up the first wave of villainous forces in the TMNT toyline. And if his placement here is any indication, he may even be the most popular!
Packaged with the Rocksteady were a handful of accessories, including a Manhole Cover Shield, his Retro-Mutogen Gun, and the somewhat brutal-sounding “Turtle Carver Knife” -- which probably explains the origin of the two turtle scalps that dangle from either side of his belt! (See: Turtle soup) A mint condition Rocksteady in its original packaging sells in the price range of $
4 HOTSPOT ()
The TMNT toyline's Firefightin' dalmation Hot Spot was one of the last figures to be produced before the original series reached its end. Hot Spot was released in , along with other now highly sought-after TMNT toys like Scratch The Cat, Robotic Bebop and Robotic Rocksteady, Sandstorm, Half Court, and Mona Lisa. And included in the blister pack along with Spot were several firefighting accessories, including a Squirtin' Fire Hydrant and Hot Hose, Foot Fightin' Fire Axe, and Anti-Gaggin' Gas Mask.
As one should expect, due to its relative rarity today, the Hot Spot figure is one of the hottest in the TMNT toy franchise. Even out of the package, this particular figure typically sells for a couple hundred bucks a pop. And a mint-on-card Hotspot recently sold at auction for $, proving beyond any doubt that this puppy is one hot dog.
3 SIXTH SCALE BEBOP & ROCKSTEADY
Fall of brings the awesome release of several officially licensed Sixth Scale-sized figures from Sideshow and their partner Threezero. Among the first of these stellar releases are the TMNT villains Bebop and Rocksteady, as they both appeared in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Both the Bebop and Rocksteady figures boast newly sculpted bodies featuring incredibly detailed heads and skin textures, realistic paint application, removable accessories, faux-leather clothing and over 25 points of articulation.
As brand new collectibles that carry on the rich, three-decades-old legacy of TMNT toys, Sideshow and Threezero’s Out of the Shadows Bebop and Rocksteady launches Teenage Mutant Ninja figures to a new and unparalleled level. Such figures are only for the most serious of turtle collectors, and a set of the Bebop and Rocksteady figures recently sold at online auction for $ smackers.
2 UNDERCOVER RAPHAEL ()
In the #2 spot of the most valuable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys is 's Undercover Raphael. This sewer-snooping sleuth came dressed in a fedora and a "real fabric trench coat!" In addition to the removable cloth coat, this “Surveillance Spy Turtle Technician” also came packaged with the following spy accessories: Undercover Mutant Movie Camera, Infrared Googie Goggles, Super Sensitive Eaves-droppin’ Dish, Surveillance Spy Case, Private Eye Pistol, and nifty ninja Spy Sais.
In contrast to a wave that offered only Donatello as an undercover agent (dressed in a plastic fedora and molded trench coat), all four Turtles were outfitted with fedoras and fabric coats for the ‘94 series, and packaged with their own respective detective gadgets. Each of the figures sells for a pretty penny at auction, too, but Raphael is currently the most valuable. A mint condition figure in its original packaging recently sold for $
1 SCRATCH THE CAT ()
What's black and white and prized all over? If you said 's Scratch the Cat action figure, you're right on the money. And if you're a TMNT collector who wants to have Scratch in your collection, be prepared to spend a nice stack of greenbacks.
This mutant cat burglar garbed in a striped jailbird uniform was one of the last figures produced when the original TMNT toyline neared its end. Due to its relative rarity, it’s since become the most prized figure in the history of Ninja Turtle toys. Even out of the pack, this figure sells for a couple hundred bucks, but a mint condition Scratch on original card goes for upwards of $ If you want see those other collectors in that TMNT Facebook group you're in yell out cowabunga, a mint-on-card Scratch the Cat would be the ultimate expression of your bank account’s "turtle power."
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Powerhouse Punk Enforcer for the Foot Clan
Weapons: Turtle Shell Drill, Garbage Can Shield, Knife
Height: 5' 10"
Bebop is the mutant punk rock hog who could slam dance his way through any crowd. This roadhog warrior dares to shave his head in blatant opposition to the establishment and his parents. Behind his mohawk ponytail, cool shades and all-star tennis shoes lurks the heart of a pig, ready to pulverize the Turtles. Guided by the evil Shredder, Bebop is willing to roll in the mud to snort out the Turtles. His two turtle shoulder pads cover a grotesque array of safety pins, tattoos and junk food.
Always at his side, the Shell Drill serves as a constant reminder that the party's not over until every Turtle lies on its back.
- This figure was released in the US in and in the UK.
- As with all the figures (minus the Foot Soldier figure) Bebop was released with a soft, vinyl head but was later replaced with a hard-head variant later on.
- The figure was re-released in , , , as part of the 25th anniversary line of figures in and the Classic Collection in
- The Classic Collection variant is identical to all previous releases but is lacking many paint apps such as his chain belt and wrist band and wrist chain and his shins and shoes but the prototype image still has his shoes coloured red.
Bebop out of card with accessories
Accessories on tree
Turtle Shell Drill
Garbage Can Shield
25th anniversary carded reissue
Classic Collection reissue
Classic Collection Bebop out of card (prototype image)
Classic Collection figure (retail version)
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Piggy prefers several men at once, as word of mouth reported. Elena herself was amused by these rumors, as well as the many times increased attention. Of the stronger sex, as well as the latent envy of the weaker that appeared. Now she could not appear anywhere, so that men would not show her attention.🍕🐢 TMNT - BEBOP 1988 PLAYMATES TOYS
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