Height: 4 3/4 inches tall
Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel waist, swivel shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Removable harness, a sickle, and a hammer.
*Right off the bat I can appreciate the visual ties to the vintage version of the character. Other than this being an action figure of a anthropomorphized giant rhino, the camouflage pants, tank top, and green pouches on the hips (reminiscent of turtle shells) immediately call to mind the vintage toy. Rocksteady is just a good design all around and the detailed sculpting on his head and skin really capture the wrinkly, armor-like texture you'd expect from a rhino.
*The little nods to Rocksteady being a former Russian weapons dealer definitely make this guys stand out from the pack. His hammer and sickle accessories along with the hammer and sickle on his knuckle dusters and the star on his removable webgear make this guy feel a bit dangerous. This Rocksteady isn't just a common street punk with a camo fetish: He's a hardcore former Soviet weapons dealer who probably wants to hang out with your Ivan Drago action figure. This guy has got some major league street cred, that's for sure.
*The biggest thing that bothers me about old Rocksteady is that his articulation is severely limiting. His shoulders and hips are just simple swivel joints! Not only does that prohibit more interesting poses but it makes him difficult to stand correctly because his hips are a swivel V-crotch. I'm quite surprised that Playmates gave Rocksteady a v-crotch. Really? A v-crotch? I know Playmates made an entire line of action figures devoted to the v-crotch (their Star Trek line/s) but this seems like a really odd choice for Rocksteady. He's tough to keep standing and you can't really do much to pose his legs at all.
While Rocksteady's limited articulation is my only complaint about the figure, it is a pretty huge one. He's far less fun to play around with than other figures simply because he is so stiff. Seriously, swivel/hinge shoulders would have done wonders for this guy. He looks really intimidating, has some unusual accessories, and feels like a solid, chunky toy, but the fact that he just can't mover or fight really inhibits the fun factor. Overall, I'm giving him a Good. Just a simply change would have done so much to improve this guy. I'm going to say it: Swivel/hinge or ball jointed shoulders are an absolute must on pretty much any modern action figure. You're going to buy Rocksteady: You know it, I know it, and Playmates knows it. It's just too bad he wasn't a bit more articulated.
I've reviewed the following TMNT figures:
Battle Shell Leonardo
Battle Shell Raphael
Mikey the Elf
Ninjas in Training: Leonardo & Donatello
Ooze Scoopin' Donnie
Ooze Tossin' Raph
Raph the Barbarian
Shredder (SDCC 2013 Exclusive)
Stealth Tech Donatello
Stealth Tech Leonardo
Stealth Tech Michelangelo
Stealth Tech Raphael