Saturday, March 07 2015 23:07

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Bebop & Rocksteady Make Their Nick debut... We Check Out the Toys!

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TMNTIt's been long time coming, but this weekend, fan-favorites Bebop and Rocksteady finally make their debut on Nickelodeon's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Voiced by J.B. Smoove and Fred Tatasciore, the duo arrives in "The Pig and the Rhino," in which "Donnie finishes a new batch of retro-mutagen, in hopes of saving Karai, while the Turtles find themselves hunted by Shredder’s new vengeful henchmen." In perfect timing with their on-screen return, THE ROCK DAUGHTERS (Adalyn and Finley) and myself recently got our hands on the newly-released Bebop and Rocksteady action figures from Playmates Toys, and now comes time to share a look. Originally released as a Walmart Exclusive (which I detailed here), the figures are now making their way to retailers everywhere and would make a fine addition to any TMNT collection.

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Now, while I was huge into the comics and live-action movies as a kid, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES were one toy line that I missed out on the first time around, so I'm living vicariously through my daughters (and the whole neighborhood) on this one. Bebop and Rocksteady are pretty solid - formidable foes for the Turtles, or anyone else for that matter. Rocksteady comes with a nicely-done hammer and sickle, while Bebop has a couple of small "bombs" that fall into the "will be lost" category, so they went straight into my special holder for such accessories (which we have an abundance of here).

Bebop and Rocksteady

Bebop also has an interesting "sliding" feature, aided by a small wheel on his back. My money says most kids won't have any clue what it's for, but we figured it out after a bit. Overall, these guys are just cool to have, and they're already a part of regular play here at Rock Father HQ. What that means is that they're "part of the crew" now. Sometimes they're interacting with the TMNT gang... while other days may find them hanging out with Daniel Tiger, Sofia the First, Yoda, Bitty Baby or Playmobil Santa Claus. You get the idea.

Curious what this dastardly duo will look like on-screen this time around? Check out the clip from "The Pig and the Rhino" that the folks from Nickelodeon sent over...

Want more TMNT action? Check out Nick.com!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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