There was a similar situation with Playmates and NECA back in 2008/2009 regarding NECA's Mirage comic TMNT figures. As far as I recall Playmates made a fuss about having the master licence and NECA having comic figures on the shelves as they were planning on releasing their own comic based figures which lead to NECA having to cancel the release of Shredder and the Foot ninjas. Those figures did eventually get released a couple years ago as a New York Comic Con exclusive...and the moulds would get re-used for other exclusives including the new Target releases. Ironically the Playmates comic prototypes never seen release...at least as far as I am aware. Playmates did release some comic based TMNT figures in the 2012 cartoon line but I am not sure if they were new figures or the same as the prototypes. On some other forums a lot of people are xpressing the same thoughts as here, wanting another company to take over and bored of WB and Mattel's silence on Thundercats.