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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Rocksteady - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1988) Playmates

Rocksteady (1988 action figure)


Rocksteady  - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1988) Playmates

 Mutant G.I. Mauler and Shredder's #1 Thug 

One of the first Action Figures I got when I was younger. I bought him with Bebop. Of course you have to get these guys in a pair that's were you can re-create the best fights scenes. Brings back memories taking my old action figures out of storage.

Rocksteady "Cartoon"


Rocksteady "Human"
Rocksteady was originally a Caucasian-American human member of a gang of criminals who operated under the Foot, when one of their thefts was interrupted by an attack by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rocksteady was originally 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 an army helmet on his head in his mutated form). With the other members of his gang, he was 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.

Machine Gun and Sewer Shield

Vital Rhintistics 

Weapons: Retro-Mutagen Gun, Manhole Cover Shield, Turtle Carver Knife
Birthplace: La Brea Tar Pits
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 25
Previous Forms: Military Punk/Rhinoceros

Back of Card

Rocksteady's tough rhino body makes him a turtle-bashing powerhouse. His lack of smarts makes him dangerous. This mutant mammal is big trouble with his Retro-Mutagen Gun: one shot can level a whole building or a shelled turtle. Off-duty, Rocksteady loves to fry up a mess of juicy turtle burgers for the whole hungry Foot Clan.

Rocksteady's field glasses survey the area for anything that looks like a Turtle. (He's mistakingly blasted six soccer balls). This G.I. rockhead blatantly displays his victory kills with the turtle scalps he wears around his belt.

Rocksteady Machine Gun

Rocksteady and Bebop were designed by Peter Laird while they were negotiating the action figure deal with Playmates,  as they wanted more characters to release. They were added into the show 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".


The Shredder developed a plan to defeat the Turtles by mutating members of the street gang, so that they would have capabilities greater than the Turtles. Rocksteady and Bebop both volunteered to undergo the procedure (though neither was  aware of what it would the out come would be) with the promise that it would allow them to exact revenge on the Turtles. Bebop was mutated into a human warthog and Rocksteady into a rhinoceros. The transformation did make them larger and stronger,


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rocksteady Figure

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection Rocksteady Action Figure

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Action Figure Rocksteady


Shredder's Henchmen

Rocksteady And Bebop

Rocksteady was a street thug who is mutated into an anthropomorphic rhinoceros. He is loyal to Shredder and is usually paired with his friend Bebop.

Rocksteady and Bebop

More TMNT Action Figure photos coming soon. Thanks for looking!



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