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Friday, November 20, 2015
Action Figure Review: Sargent Slaughter from WWE Elite Collection: Hall of Fame by Mattel
I have two things I want to say before beginning this review. The first is that, yes, I know Sargent is spelled incorrectly in the title of this review. That's because Mattel actually spelled it like that on the packaging. It literally says "Sargent Slaughter." Bizarre, huh? Anyways, I'm calling him Sgt. Slaughter, because that's how the name is really spelled. Secondly, as you can tell from most of my reviews I'm definitely a modern wrestling fan who didn't pay much attention to wrestling when I was a kid. I grabbed the Sarge, though, because I love G.I. Joe. There's not a lack of G.I. Joe figures on this site because I don't love G.I. Joe; it's because Hasbro only wants to release exclusives and repaints of figures I already own. If we ever get the 6 inch G.I. Joe: Black Series figures that many fans are interested in seeing, it'll be cool to have a Sgt. Slaughter to boss them around. Anyways, now that I've said those two things, let's take a look at Sgt. Slaughter, AKA Robert Remus, from Mattel's WWE Elite Collection: Hall of Fame subset. This figure seems to be a Target exclusive and seems to borrow pretty heavily from the older WWE Legends Series 1 Sgt. Slaughter. Of course, this one is wearing camo, so I think it's automatically a cooler figure. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Height: 7 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ lateral rockers, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged abdomen, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows, swivel/hinged wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Drill instructor's hat, sunglasses, and whistle on a lanyard.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
*Listen up maggots! I'll tell this to you again: Te Sarge is sturdy! The Sarge is well articulated! The Sarge will put you in a Cobra Clutch and make you listen to Sgt. Slaughter and Camouflage Rocks America until you admit that you're not cut out for the Marines. You got that?
I'm also digging the work on Slaughter's boots. They really do look like a combination between wrestling boots and Vietnam era military jungle boots.
* Sgt. Slaughter comes with three accessories which are really necessary to complete his look: A Marine drill instructor's hat, sunglasses, and a silver whistle on a lanyard. These are cool extras to have and by themselves they look pretty good. The hat and the whistle even have a few minor paint applications.
*The whistle looks good and the glasses and hat actually seem pretty correctly sized for Slaughter's face. They really complete his look and stay on nice and securely.
* While his camouflage looks pretty good, his white belt is a bit messy. There's a lot of slop on the edges where it wasn't paint on quite right. I think an attempt was made to paint on a belt buckle, but it looks kind of weak.
Also, shouldn't the Sarge have come with a baton or something? Did he use that in wrestling or just in G.I. Joe?
I've reviewed quite a few figures from Mattel's WWE Elite collection, including:
WWE Elite Collection by Mattel
Bad News Barrett (Series 34)
Bray Wyatt (Series 36)
Brock Lesnar (Series 37)
Cesaro (Series 33)
Dean Ambrose (Series 36)
Hulk Hogan (Series 34)
Kane (Series 31)
Luke Harper (Series 35)
Randy Orton (Series 35)
Seth Rollins (Series 37)
WWE Elite: Wrestlemania XXX by Mattel