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Old 06-03-2013, 08:14 PM   #41
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Here are some concept drawings/sketches for the unproduced Killer Ant/Army Ant unpainted hardcopy i posted a picture of at the start of the thread:



It started off here as "Giant Ant" with a Rotten Picnic Theme before taking on an even menancing look as the "Army Ant"



Above is an early version before it was refined to the final version here:



This Killer Ant/Army Ant was just one unproduced piece that was meant to be made for the 1990/1991 Mega Mutants line of which we only saw Needlenose and Killer Bee finally produced

Other unproduced concepts included Exterminator/Undertaker Spider and Buzzard Bomber

Here's a color stat i have for the Undertaker Spider:



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Old 06-04-2013, 09:50 AM   #42
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WOW!
They should have went with the Ant & Spider first. Those look awesome.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:33 PM   #43
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Here's a sketch for the seat on the Killer/Army Ant:



Your can see how the sculptor translated the concept sketch into 3-dimensional form in wax/clay here:





Wax/clay sculpts really show off the details best...i wish i had more figural sculpts for the TMNT line

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Old 06-04-2013, 08:06 PM   #44
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Wow! These are awesome! Do you have any concept art for the Buzzard Bomber?
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #45
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Here you go:

Buzzard Bomber 'A'



Buzzard Bomber 'B'



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Old 06-04-2013, 09:53 PM   #46
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Both look awesome! I can't decide which one is better! Do you know why these weren't made? Or more importantly, how did you get some of this concept art?
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:24 PM   #47
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Or more importantly, how did you get some of this concept art?
I was fortunate enough to be offered a folder full of concept sketches from a toy dealer AFTER i picked up the Killer/Army Ant hardcopy from another collector a few months earlier.

The folder come from an employee who worked with a design company that did a lot of work for Playmates in the late eighties/early nineties.

i think there were close to a hundred pages in the folder, and it also included concepts for General Traag, Rat King and also instructions for paint operations on the Turtlecycle.

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Old 06-05-2013, 02:08 AM   #48
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Keep posting uncle gundy, everyone you're sharing is fascinating!
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:16 AM   #49
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Wow! Really fantastic to see the initial ideas and what they ended up being.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:02 AM   #50
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I was fortunate enough to be offered a folder full of concept sketches from a toy dealer AFTER i picked up the Killer/Army Ant hardcopy from another collector a few months earlier.

The folder come from an employee who worked with a design company that did a lot of work for Playmates in the late eighties/early nineties.

i think there were close to a hundred pages in the folder, and it also included concepts for General Traag, Rat King and also instructions for paint operations on the Turtlecycle.

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Was there any other concepts for unreleased stuff?
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:47 AM   #51
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I hope you keep sharing as this is some great TMNT history that could of been lost forever had you not posted it!

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Old 06-05-2013, 08:51 AM   #52
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I hope you keep sharing as this is some grea TMNT history that could of been lost forever had you not posted it!
Well said. Please please keep posting!
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:05 PM   #53
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Manage to dig out a few sculpts to photograph this morning:

Here's Dimwit Doughboy Rocksteady wax/clay sculpt



Here's Super Swimmin' Raph wax/clay sculpt



I like how you can see the parting lines drawn in on the Raph sculpt to see where the molds should part.

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Old 06-05-2013, 08:09 PM   #54
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These are really sweet. i would love to see someone try and make a custom of those mega mutants.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:48 AM   #55
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This thread should get stickied.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:51 AM   #56
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This thread should get stickied.
I second that - these pieces are just impressive to say the least
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:47 PM   #57
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Awesome stuff. After all I have seen here my collection sucks cause this is the real deal. You got holy grails indeed. Please upload all the rare stuff you got.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:52 PM   #58
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I want to be super jealous but I'm more grateful for your sharing of these lost gems.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:10 PM   #59
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I do not own these, but they need to be here.

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Old 06-09-2013, 09:20 PM   #60
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That's a beautiful piece from Alex Bickmore who runs the super toy archive website.

He also has this beautiful piece:



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