With Wave 6 just announced, we have to Strike while the Iron is HOTT! and produce a speculation list of figures for S7 to tackle.
I'm posting Wave 6 as a reference to what we have... also, it shows that Mike's Glasses can be used on both heads... I thought that Scratch had a Soapbar on a rope hanging from his neck. Apparently it's a file... not a bar of soap... besides, I already made the prison soap jokes with Bebop.
I'm not going to mention the Turtle, since it's either Space Cadet Raph or Don the Undercover Turtle. Instead I'm going to drop a list of figures by YEAR and Why I believe they are possible. Then out of all of those, I'll choose 3-4 figures as my "Theoretical wave". Usagi and Panda Khan will not be on the list, due to their legal status being in limbo. For the sake of this list all Turtle variants won't be in this. I'll focus on Unique characters mostly... because Super Shredder, Hamato Yoshi, and Oroku Saki are possible...
1988 is complete, so let's head to 1989:
We're only missing Ghenghis Frog, Rat King and General Traag. So let's talk 1989:
My motivations aren't a secret. As a bare minimum for a "vintage inspired" TMNT Line, I look at TMNT: Turtles in Time. If I can recreate the game's roster, I have a decent set of characters. Rat King is one of those characters whose desire is greatly influenced by that and as an adult, the Mirage comic story with The Rat King made me appreciate the character a bit more.
This one is the one I want the least, mostly due to his Vintage Toy Appearance. He will become even lamer, once the Horsemen get around to paint all the unpainted stuff from the figure. Personally, I prefer the Toon appearance.
Now we should move on to 1990:
Here we're missing a couple of folks!
Wingnut w.Screwloose, Triceraton, Pizzaface,Fugitoid, Scumbug, Napoleon Bonafrog
Wingnut and Screwloose:
Obvious parody of Batman and Robin, might get a push because of that. Wonder what accessories could pop up with this Duo?
This would be a safe Option by sharing a wave with Fugitoid. If TPTP would allow for part swap/repaint, the Triceraton would have "squad building" potential. (You can get away with 2-4 Triceratons)
Obviously, whatever wave has Fugitoid guarantees a special Super7 redeco... i can almost see a white and blue GITD redeco for him.
Second 4th of the Punk Frogs and second half of the Released Punk Frogs by Playmates.
I already mentioned my plans of combining parts of Napoleon and Ghenghis for a brand new Attila.
NECA made one and I purposely skipped. Chances are I'll skip this one too. I know that some people like him. It's just that I don't care about him.
I know this is an odd one. He has much less of a following than Scumbug. I am also curious on how will the engineering problems of making a super articulated version of him will be solved.
With 1990 out of the way, let's hit 1991!
Oh no! We're reachimg the "untouched territory" which means longer lists! The turtle variants will be ignored.
Super Shredder, Tokka, Rahzar, Groundchuck, Dirtbag, Walkabout, Wyrm, Tattoo, Chrome Dome, Zak the Neutrino, Sgt. Bananas.
Insert Dicks out for Harambe joke here. This one is not exactly high on my priority list, but based on his build, I'd almost expect him to be priced higher than normal.
They better make him taller than Normal... I'd say slightly taller than Bebop and Rocksteady. Basically tall enough to look the S7 Mumm-Ra in the eyes without looking up.
Half of the dim-witted BABIES!!
From the Secret of the Ooze and one that happens to be a recycled Slash. Minus the upper arms, hands, belt and head.
The other Stupid Baby from SOTO... since he's so light in accessories, does this mean he can come with Movie stuff? Thinking about the nom noms
Cyberpunk Bull... Need I say more? He also pairs well with Dirtbag
The lesser half of the Chuck and Bag duo. The NECA version looks good, but the toy version looked better than the Toon, so Theoretically, this one should be superior to the NEXA one, even if it doesn't split at the Torso for "digging up displays".
Zak the Neutrino:
Zak, Zak, Zak... You're a teen, but look like you're 40... hands and an alternate head would be nice...
Sticker sheet... yay... he said sarcastically. That's all he has... sure, he has a burnisher stick... honestly, I'm confused how this was even approved... the gimmick is put stickers on the fat dude...
He's a Kangaroo
, mate! Another bare bones figure. Sure, he has his Joey, a boomerang, and a gun... and that's it! The backpack is pointless.
He's weird... kinda wonder how his twntacle leg will work. I kinda like him but not $60+ possible price point.
That's it for 1991 so let's hit 1992 and we're getting close to the finish line of this rant!
For 1992 we have to tackle:
For the Mutations wave I'm only Tackling the Human forms of Splinter, Rocksteady and Bebop, no turtles and no mutation gimmick.
For the normal figures I'll exclude movie or odd variants of the turles and friends. That leaves us with:
Hothead, Merdude, Anthrax, King Lionheart, Scale Tail, Monty Moose, and Doctor El.
Mutation Splinter, aka Hamato Yoshi:
Human version of Splinter. Give him the accessories from the Mutation Figure, a set of mid mutation hands and head.
Human version of Bebop. Just like Splinter, toss in the accessories from this version and partially mutated head and hands.
Human version of Rocksteady. Same thing as the other 2.
Now let's tackle the normies from 1992.
He's a dragon with an extending neck. The 4Horsemen already tackled a similar thing with MOTUC Rattlor and Mekaneck. Also, freaking Dragon!!
He is a Fishman, sadly, he is not curiously handsome. He exists and I have to mention him. Like the tides my interest in him ebbs and flows between nice curiosity or meh!
Another figure that exists, but I don't care about. I skipped its NECA Counterpart. People like him or something.
I don't know what's going on in here. A Thespian turned into a Lion... seems like 92 was really the beginning of the end in the Non-Turtle figures.
A TMNT Snakeman. Looks cool but not $60+ cool. He could ALMOST fit MOTUC.
Oh, Canada... the only way this could be much more of a stereotype is if he had Maple Syrup scent and came with a Rape Whistle
I let the Ape Soldier slide, but this is a new level of racism that Even Zordon would say: What the fuck!? That's Racist!!
I believe we completed 1992, but we are reaching the bottom of the barrel now. Welcome to 1993!
On this year we have a mutation wave, a cartoon wave, and the standard wave.
Shredder, foot soldier
Irma, Burne, Vernon, Kala, Dask
Mona Lisa, Hot Spot, Halfcourt, and Sandstorm
Mutation Shredder, aka Oroku Saki:
This one is easy or hard depending how they approach it. Basically an Oroku Saki figure BASED on the Mutatin' Shredder. This figure would not mutate, but if Super7 is willing, a tribute to his "origins" could be made... even if it means giving him a cloth tunic, and slip-on, plug-in, snap-on Shredder's spiked armor pieces.
Mutation Foot Soldier aka Battle Damaged
I won't go into detail how this should be made. But it requires a new foot soldier body with swappable heads and arms.
Let me do the Normies now...
A Cartoon favorite character. By this point the line had most figures come with very few accessories, so Super7 needs to give her some Oomph!
NBA Giraffe... Ideas, Playmates has tun out of them... also, Red Shirt... Tongue out, who could this Giraffe be areference to? His number is 34... obviously, it's not a reference to the Internet rule... 34-11= 23... wait is this a LeBron James reference? I know it's a Jordan reference.
Firefighting Dalmatian... IF I WAS MADE OF MONEY, I'd have to get an army of him... thinking 100 should be enough... OK I'll go the extra mile and make it a Dosney reference... OK I lied... I wouldn't get one, much less 101 of him.
Toon wave, here we go!
If this is a Cartoon wave and it has been, uh 5-6 years since the cartoon started, why, oh why is Irma in the wrong colors?
If this is a Cartoon wave and it has been, uh 5-6 years since the cartoon started, why, oh why is Burne in the wrong colors? Also, why is he a slob?
At least they got pretty close to getting him right. Also, the extra hands
A Neutrino... there are only 3 of them, so it would be rather easy to complete the set.
The final Neutrino. Mikey needs her in the line ASAP!
With that we finish the line... minus movie variants. But where's Krang's Android body?
I'm now expecting a Mon*Star sized Krang's Android body...
So, here's the thing:
We know that Super7 has planned up until wave 9. We don't know if they'll go beyond that or if we're done after that. So, I'll assume we only have 3 waves till we're done.
Krang's Android body
This one overrides all figures. Sure, we have Bubble Walker Krang on Wave 5, but The Android body is the ICONIC version of Krang. Ending the line without it would be an egregious offense by Super7. But he can easily be a Wave 9 item and be the perfect endcap for TMNTU. If he's tossed to Wave 7, then the next two characters would round up the wave. It would be too much punishment to have a 5 figure wave and one of them is Krang's Android body...
This is not only a safe option, since it's not ridiculously oversized and based on NECA's Rat King vs Vernon 2 pack Sales, Super7 have an idea on how much in demand he is. Also, he fills the TMNT TIT roster, which is my barometer for a "well rounded" TMNT Display.
The reason he's here is for the Mirage fans AND that Super7 can make them double dip with a White and Blue GITD variant... Hell a Part of me is tempted to buy a second one and Molotow
the hell out of him.
Now if Krang's body is out of the Picture for now, then add these two to the mix:
I've mentioned my issues with his toy look, but his size and funkiness might prop him up the list... also using the Turtles in time round up, he fills a slot perfectly.
She fills multiple checkboxes:
And most importantly, she's not part of a set unlike Kala who requires the other two Neutrinos.
If I was in charge for wave 8, then I'd pick
Tokka, Rahzar, and Super Shredder to have a somewhat "Movie Theme" for the villains. It also completes the Turtles in Time checklist leaving 1 spot for a hero and the final turtle variant.
The hero would be Wyrm because he's super freaky. If Krang was put on wave 8, then Tokka and Rahzar get bumped to 9.
Wave 9 would feature Krang's Android body and 3 more characters... assuming Krang wasn't in any of the previous waves.
Foot Soldier 2.0
Basically a Foot Soldier with removable arms and head. Add pieces to emulate Battle damage and a few less accessories in order to fit in 2 Mousers. The idea is to have an "army builder" that allows you to truly army build.
Canonically speaking, TMNT wouldn't start if it wasn't for the grudge between the Oroku and the Hamato.
Like I said with Saki, the Saga cannot start without the reason the Turtles became Ninja Teens.
Depending on what Super7 can do afterwards is a mystery, but these ones would round up the roster very decently...
I know that some will say that the final wave being variants is a load of bullshit and I kinda agree. The issue here is that wave 9 is a tentative end point. I'm trying to avoid a Club Grayskull debacle where The Horde was incomplete and the Heroic Warriors were screwed over big time. If it doesn't end, then we can get Punk Frogs, Chuck and Bag, Neutrinos, Channel 6 crew, perhaps an Arnold Bernid Jones with interchangeable heads and done in Mirage colors...