–>> Finally !! PART 3 of THREE !! Darker, metallic paints & washes enhanced ROCKSTEADY’S model. Extra camo apps on pants. Club more “studded” with real nails. Ammo Belt & GRENADE chord added over torso to emulate the classic cartoon appearance, CAR15 Assault Rifle added to Rocky’s arsenal.
Did the best i could to make this famous Retail Rhino Rabble-rouser REALLY nasty !!
–>> Here we are again – encouraging creativity & Tokka’s hoping to inspire you to get imaginative with your own TMNT toys !! Here’s part one of our look at Tokk’s work on the BIG BAD BOYS in Playmates Action figure arsenal.
This custom project was not going for screen accuracy but enhancement over the factory paint, models, and accessories. Elements of the classic cartoon & IDW comic versions of the characters & in Shredder’s case; CIRO NIELI’S design work was emulated as best i could. Two separate media are represented with all three figures, but at 11″ – this customization for my own personal collection just seems to work extremely effectively in representing the classic trio .
Bloodier paint scheme added to Saki’s model, face, weapons & Kuro Kabuto helmet. “INK” applications were added to model to emulate best i could CIRO NIEL’S 2-D Shredder designs.
“Standing tall and intimidating, Shredder is the deadly leader of the evil Foot Clan and leads them in a never-ending battle against Splinter and the Turtles. Ready to take on anything, he’s equipped with razor sharp armor and forbidden dark ninja skills!
Removable helmet reveals deep scars covering his face from being trapped inside a burning building after a brutal fight with Splinter. Could this be why Shredder is always out for revenge?”
Figure comes with a sword and a pair of shuriken (throwing stars).
Related notes following the success of the Teens lasted smash, silver-screen hit – let’s check in on this month’s Summer TURTLE news activity !! !! ::
–>> Down to two more in this set, for part 7 of the “History- ” set, Nick’s own Ciro Nieli LEONARDO from 2012 appears.This guy translates alright, but again is not without a tiny bit of modification. The most notable mod is in the bigger whites of his EYES. The change from the smaller molded eyes of the original 2012 also appears on carded retail 2015- reissues of that standard Leo Nick toy.
The explanation prolly lies in another budget issue with Playmates and a small money saving tactic.
A “throwback” variant of the same sculpts of the 2012 first wave of Turtles with “retro” colored knee/elbow pads, initials on their belts like the classic ’88 Turtle toys, and show accurate pupils that replace the “WHITE” blank eyes of that initial wave. Leo’s eyes on the 2012 were apparently too small so the Varner sculpted noggin has had the eyelets widened to compensate for the pupils on the Playmates touted “NEW DECORATION” Leo version of this figure and the 2015+ reissues. They use the wide-eye head for both versions.
Aside fro the noggin’s eye sockets, updated copyright info and threaded foot pegs, all’s in order for this guy.
For fun – the 3 versions of the sculpt together. Not too much of a difference. But the eyes of the central toy with the set show the transition from the 2012 figure on the left to the 2015 redeco version on the right. We see what was done to widen then eyelets for the pupil inclusion on the redeco,