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Playmates Toys is developing the "Ninja Superstars" line of action figures which will be a collaboration between various characters from the TMNT series alongside different WWE wrestlers. The figures are 6" tall and of course come with a variety of weapons that both ends of the spectrum should recognize. Trash cans aren't just something used in Extreme Rules matches, after all.
So far, we have a look at the four turtle protagonists mashed up with arguably four of the top ten stars in the entire wrestling business:
From left to right, we have "Raphael/Sting," "Leonardo/John Cena," "Donatello/Undertaker," and "Michelangelo/Macho Man Randy Savage."
In their own way, these make a lot of sense. John Cena has been the figurehead of the company for a decade, and Leonardo is the leader. You can justify The Undertaker's old purple connection to tie him into Donny's mask. Randy Savage was a bright and colorful character, so he fits Mikey much better than someone else. Raphael and Sting both have had that loner vigilante-type character, too.
Noticeably absent are a few names that I would have expected to see incorporated in some fashion. Hulk Hogan not being involved makes a lot of sense, due to his position being on the outs of the company after his whole sex tape scandal, but his over-the-top ring gear and massive popularity would have been a great resource to draw inspiration from. Maybe he could have been their Splinter hybrid by giving the wise rat a do-rag and styling his hair to fit The Hulkster's?
Also, if we don't get a Sheamus/Rocksteady mashup, then that's a travesty. As much as I complain about Sheamus all the time, I think he was actually one of the best parts of the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows film. He literally portrayed the character on screen, so that needs to carry over. It just makes too much sense.
My guess is The Rock is too popular of a brand on his own to be able to work in this capacity, whereas Stone Cold Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar likely passed on something that would downgrade their image—or there's some kind of impending announcement that Lesnar will be merged with the Technodrome and Austin will be the new Shredder or something…unless that's going to be where Triple H pops up, even though we all know Kevin Nash is the only one to truly be considered for that role.
The kid in me who was a big fan of both of these properties is of course smiling about the idea, but I'm curious what you have to say. What are some other hybrids you'd like to see? Should Baxter Stockman be merged with Big Show? Can we can an April O'Neil and Stephanie McMahon?
Drop your comments below and stay tuned for more NYCC 2016 talk.