Steve joined Mirage roughly two years after the Playmates initial TMNT line debuted. Though not present for the line’s launch he was very much aware that Turtle’s creators, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, had designed the toys and were actively engaged in the design process with Playmates. Murphy descripted the early relationship Playmates as an excellent collaboration. The Designers and Brand Managers would often come out the small office that housed Mirage and present ideas and brainstorm. Murphy described a process in which there weren’t creative differences but one where when visions differed the Playmates crew would present solutions and alternative takes to convey their point of view.
Great interview with Steve Murphy on Mirage, TNMT and Playmates. ~ tc