Tokka and Rahzar, the mutated snapping turtle and gray wolf duo who appeared in a single episode of the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, join the line-up in a brand new two-pack, which NECA exclusively shared with CBR ahead of its inaugural Haulathon event.
The two 7″ scale figures, which will be available for pre-sale starting Mar 18 at the Haulathon website, come with nine accessories taken directly from the episode they appeared in, Season 7’s “Dirk Savage – Mutant Hunter!” including various food items, remote control and a pair of alternate hands for each character. Tokka & Rahzar will ship in April 2022.
Tokka and Rahzar are the latest in a long line inspired by the now-classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, which began airing in 1987 and ran until 1996. The NECA line includes nearly 50 figures as of this writing, including the original Turtles in various styles along with beloved characters like April O’Neil, Splinter, Casey Jones and Shredder. For many fans, Tokka and Rahzar’s inclusion may come as a surprise, and even co-creator Kevin Eastman admits the pair is a deep-cut of references to the cartoon.
“I had forgotten they had appeared among the almost 300 episodes of the Turtles cartoon,” Eastman told CBR. “Some of the awesome fans who know more about the Turtles universe than I do reminded me that they did appear in an episode. I’m like, ‘Oh, wow. Thanks for letting me know so I don’t look like a complete goofball.'”
Debuting in 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the OozeTokka and Rahzar were created because TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird didn’t want to include the cartoonish Bebop and Rocksteady in the more serious live-action films. They instead opted to introduce two new mutates, created by Shredder in a bid to get revenge on the Turtles following the Foot Clan’s defeat. Eastman designed both the live-action and animated appearances for Tokka and Rahzar and has given his blessing for NECA’s renditions of the characters.
“The awesome folks at NECA are so incredibly talented that I didn’t have to do anything,” Eastman told CBR when discussing the process for creating the figures. “Whether the creative team at NECA is adapting the hyper-realistic look of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie characters into toys or jumping over to the playground of the animated Turtles and adapting that original animated look, they’ve got so much detail they incorporate.”
Outside of TMNT 2 and the animated series, different versions of Tokka and Rahzar have appeared throughout the long history of Ninja Turtles media. They most recently arrived in IDW’s current comic run, debuting in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111 by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell, Jodie Nishijima, Ronda Pattison and Shawn Lee. For their latest origin, Tokka and Rahzar are mutates who were held captive by Old Hob and acquired by Karai.
NECA’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon 7″ Tokka & Rahzar two-pack will be available for pre-sale on Mar. 18 to kick off Haulathon, a four-week-long collector’s event hosted by NECA and Target. Haulathon will include an array of exclusive action figures and collectible reveals and pre-sales, spanning lines like Back to the Future, Gargoyles, evil Dead and more.