So the other day, Peter posted to his blog about a prototype meeting between Playmates and Mirage regarding the 1st wave launch of the turtles. In that meeting they were shown two prototypes (pictured above). It is instantly clear which version they ultimately chose for the launch. But that left me wondering as to the whereabouts of the unchosen wax sculpt. So I ofcourse have taken it upon myself to find out! I emailed Paula at Playmates and inquired about the piece. Here is a portion of the email I sent:
"The wax sculpt on the left is a proposed version of a series 1 ninja turtle that was never produced. It is my understanding that at this point it was a choice between going stylistically with the figure on the left or on the right, and as you know, the figure on the right was chosen. I however, am extremely interested in the fate of the figure on the left. I'd like to know if it still exists , and if it does, wither or not it could possibly be for sale. There are a number of items in my collection that I consider historically important to both the ninja turtle toy line, and to toys in general. That figure is one such piece. If it still exists, I would desperately like to add it to my collection so that it can be properly cared for, preserved, shared, and enjoyed along with other important pieces I have."
She said she forwarded the inquiry on to the marketing department to fidn out what happened tothe piece. I will keep you posted as the story unfolds. I just hope that poor thing didnt get melted down or disgarded :-(