As I said in a previous article, Fortnite just celebrated its fifth anniversary and it’s still going as strong as ever. One of the biggest reasons for that is the game’s vast collection of collaboration skins that are integrated in a way that doesn’t seem like an overt cash grab — and are just plain fun to boot. In what other game can you see Indiana Jones, Goku from Dragon Ball Z, Chun-Li from Street Fighter and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man blasting each other in the face with pump shotguns on the roof of a Slap Juice factory without it being unusual as all hell? And in a way that’s still fun for all fans of that aforementioned jumble of characters?
Notwithstanding, even though the list of amazing collab Fortnite skins is already extensive (one of our previous wishlist skins, the Doom Slayer, was recently added to the latest Battle Pass), there are still some collab Fortnite skins we’d love to see added to the game.
So without further ado, here is a list of the collab Fortnite skins we most want to see added to the game.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
There are plenty of things I miss about the ‘90s and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being at the zenith of their insane popularity is one of them. And even though the Heroes in a Halfshell aren’t as omnipresent as they were thirty years ago, I’m happy that the property is still alive and roundhouse kicking in the present day.
The most recent example would be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge game, an homage to the classic TMNT arcade beat ‘em ups from the ‘90s that was released in June 2022 to both critical and fan acclaim alike. The same goes for TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection, a repackaging of 13 iconic Ninja Turtles games from the past.
Since the ‘90s there have also been three more successful cartoon series, a pair of Michael Bay movies and an upcoming computer-animated movie set to hit in August 2023 entitled TMNT: Mutant Mayhem. In other words, the present day is more than adequate to introduce the icons of yesteryear to present day juggernaut Fortnite.
The Ninja Turtles should totally rock their respective colored headbands and wield their trademark weaponry as pickaxes – Leonardo with his blue headband and katanas; Raphael with his red headband and sais; Donatello with his purple headband and a bo staff; and Michelangelo with his orange headband and nunchucks. Their emotes would also be indicative of their differing personalities; Leo, the calm, collected leader; Raph, the hot head; Donatello, the brilliant inventor; and Mikey, the party dude.
While the Turtles’ gliders could be personalized as well, it’d probably be more fitting if they rocked the trademark Turtle Blimp, the massive zeppelin put together by Donatello (not a very surreptitious vehicle for a group of ninjas in hindsight, is it?).
And while we’re at it, since TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge added Master Splinter, April O’Neil and Casey Jones as playable characters – why not throw them into the Fortnite/TMNT mix too?
And last but certainly not least, there should be at least one synced emote where the Turtles all high-five and exclaim, “Cowabunga, dudes!” so our inner children can find inner peace.
“Tonight I dine on Turtle Soup!”
If Epic gets the green (machine) light for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle collab skins in Fortnite, they’d be a bunch of shell-backed simpletons if they didn’t include the Turtles’ arch-nemesis, the spiky-armored, metal-masked ninja leader of the Foot Clan, Shredder.
While Shredder regularly wields a katana in most iterations of TMNT, there are already plenty of katana pickaxes in Fortnite, so let’s go with Shredder’s trademark weapons – the extendable steel claws fixed to his gauntlets.
Shredder’s back bling is an easy choice – none other than Lord Krang, the slimy, tentacled little pink brain and Shredder’s alien warlord ally from Dimension X
His glider however, is a little more difficult on which to decide; while my first instinct is to go with Shredder’s Transport Module, which he can be seen emerging from in the TMNT arcade games and throughout the original cartoon series, the Transport Module is a vehicle that burrows underground and doesn’t really fit the description of something that would carry Shredder into battle via the air. Then again, Ghost Rider’s motorcycle isn’t an aerial vehicle as well and it’s probably my favorite Fortnite glider animation of all time – so on second thought, Shredder’s Transport Module is a perfect fit after all.
Bonus points to anyone who goes into Creative and devises a mode wherein the Turtles, Master Splinter and Shredder all have to fight to the bitter end with only their pickaxes at their disposal.
Also, if the Turtles get April O’Neil, Splinter and Casey Jones to fill out their squads, then it would only be fair if Shredder got Bebop, Rocksteady, Foot Soldier skins to help even the odds. Maybe even a Krang in his Robo Body skin too.
Miles Morales (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
Chapter 3, Season 4’s Battle Pass showed us that Epic could introduce a Spider-Gwen to Fortnite who looked like she stepped straight out of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – right down to her stepped animation-styled appearance and her comic book narration block back bling. With Epic giving us a Prowler skin back in Chapter 3, Season 2 and June 2, 2023 recently announced as the release date for the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Across the Spider-Verse, it’s time for a skin of the Spider-Verse movies’ main protagonist (and Prowler’s nephew), Miles Morales.
Miles could flex his patented black and red spider-suit as well as an alternate version with the hoody and jacket.
Halloween Kills may have been a let down to many fans of the vaunted horror franchise (I’ll have to let some of my initial disappointment wear off before I give the movie another try; or maybe I just won’t ever watch it again and be fine with the decision) but how cool would it be to lurk around the island as The Shape himself (or should that be itself?) Michael Myers?
In fact, while we’re at it, why don’t we add a few more big screen horror icons to the mix?
“One, two, Looper Freddy’s coming for you…”
There are plenty of players out there who eat, sleep and dream Fortnite, which means the dream-demon himself, Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street would feast.
The grotesquely burned horror legend would come with his brown fedora, trademark red and green sweater and of course, his bladed glove.
And to round out the triumvirate of ‘80s horror icons, we come to our next entry…
When it comes to stalking victims as an ‘80s serial slasher, there’s the Michael Myers approach – methodical, careful and sadistic – and then there’s the Jason Voorhees – an unrelenting zombie hulk who tears through anything in his path like a force of nature.
Jason would wear his iconic hockey mask and wield an enormous machete.
‘80s lovers bonus: with the additions of Michael, Freddy and Jason, Ash from Evil Dead would have plenty of supernatural horror adversaries to square off against in Fortnite.
Samus Aran (Metroid)
This one would probably never see the light of day considering how stringent Nintendo can be letting others borrow their IPs (rumor has it that Nintendo and Epic were in talks regarding Samus, but the former would only allow her as a Switch exclusive in Fortnite.
Samus would need to utilize her iconic Hand Cannon in some form for her Harvesting Tool, have the titular, ectoparasitoidic alien as her Back Bling and one of the many variations of her patented Gunship as her glider. Oh, and of course, we’d have to throw in a Zero Suit Samus as an alternate skn for good measure.
Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
When it comes to Gaming Legends, few are more legendary than Solid Snake, who first appeared in 1987 in Metal Gear for the NES. Give dude a Sneaking Suit, a headband and an emote where he disguises himself in a cardboard box and we’ll have ourselves a skin that’s good at what it does: killing.
While Peter Griffin from Family Guy seems to be Epic’s cartoon dad of choice when it comes to trolling dataminers, we’d want to see his archetype, Homer J. Simpson from the longest-running animated series and longest-running sitcom in American history (30 years and counting now), The Simpsons even moreso.
How absurdly enjoyable would it be to see a strapped Homer Simpson running around in a white t-shirt and blue jeans, the two strands of hair swirling atop his bald head as he lays waste to his enemies with a pump shotgun, donut-themed back bling, Duff beer can harvesting tool, Simpsons family pink sedan glider and of course, a raucous “D’oh” emote? Such a cromulent notion embiggens me to my very core.
We’ve already got a G.I. Joe representative in the Snake-Eyes Fortnite skin, but what about the Joes’ arch-nemeses, Cobra, the paramilitary organization with the red snake logo? And who better to represent Cobra than the maniacal despot with the unmistakable voice, Cobra Commander?
Give Cobra Commander his trademark mirror helmet (the hooded mask as an alternate would also be cool), a Cobra dagger for a harvesting tool and some sort of emote where he screams “COBRAAAAA,” preferably in Chris Latta’s iconic voice if legality allows and we’ll have ourselves a Cobra Commander Fortnite that was born to rule and destined to conquer.
And while we’re talking about Chris Latta’s iconic voice, we’ll need him once again for our next entry.
Speaking of Chris Latta, I really want a Starscream Fortnite skin. Starscream isn’t even my favorite Transformer (that title goes to Optimus Prime, with Soundwave as a close second) but Latta’s voice cemented the backstabbing Decepticon Air Commander and second-in-command to Megatron as one of the most beguiling and infamous characters in the entire series. I can already hear him in-game emoting, “Decepticons, attttacckkk!” or a duplicitous “As you wish, mighty Megatron” or even a “Faster, you malingering peasants!”
He’s also got one of the best designs both in robot form and as an F-15 Eagle. Imagine how epic it would be if Epic Games included a Starscream Fortnite skin leaping from the Battle Bus, transforming into a Seeker jet and gliding down to the island?
In fact, there’s an assembly-line-sized list of amazing Transformers Fortnite skins we could add to the list. How about Optimus Prime leaping from the Battle Bus and transforming mid-air into a Freightliner FL86 cabover semi truck? Or Sunstreaker turning into a custom Lamborghini Countach LP500S? Or Grimlock turning into an enormous, robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex? Or Astrotrain, being a triple changer, turning into either a purple tenderless JNR Class D51 steam locomotive or gray space shuttle? Or Megatron turning into a gigantic Walther P-38 semi-automatic pistol – well, that last one might be a bit much for a Fortnite skin. But you get the idea.
Transformers, much like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is another beloved IP from my childhood that I’m pleasantly surprised to see still rolling out strong; even though there are plenty of new iterations and looks to choose from, Epic should start with the old-school, Generation 1 Transformers as Fortnite skins and then work their way to other iterations such as Beast Wars, Transformers: Prime and the movie versions.
(If we’re using Chris Latta soundbytes for Starscream, Optimus Prime has to be voiced by none other than Peter Cullen, by the way.)
“I am the law!”
Judge Dredd has already been featured as a skin in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and he’d fit right in as a Fortnite skin as well; give Judge his trademark helmet and armor, his titanium-cored Daystick for a harvesting tool and his heavy-duty, weapon-mounted Lawmaster motorcycle as a glider and we’d be more than ready to serve as judge, jury and executioner in Mega-City One or the Fortnite island.
Which Fortnite skin from our collaboration list would you most want to see included in the game? Is there a Fortnite skin you’re dying to see that we left off the list? Let us know in the comments.
Zero Suit Samus collab Fortnite skin concept: kara
Homer Simpson collab Fortnite skin concept: Fraz