Sgt. Slaughter's appearance in Action Force caught my attention long before anything else about the line did. Obviously I was aware that Sgt. Slaughter has showed up in both G.I.Joe and WWF/ WWE lines, but seeing him appear in Action Force seemed pretty impressive. I mean, how crazy that a line competing with the G.I. Joe Classified Series has managed to get Sgt. Slaughter out there before Hasbro? That's pretty cool and definitely a big flex for Action Force. Sgt. Slaughter definitely has a history with the G.I. Joe brand and it was for that reason that I originally preordered this figure quite some time ago to go along with my Classified figures. Slaughter had four figures in the vintage G.I. Joe line but his last appearance in the line was in 2010 with a very tough to obtain exclusive that I missed out on. Getting this guy was much easier! In the Action Force story Sgt. Slaughter is an advisor to Action Force, a team made up of members of the US resistance against New Colonia and the Swarm and concerned international operatives. Valaverse has already put up a second version of Sgt. Slaughter for preorder so check that one out if you're only planning to purchase one. Let's take a look at this version of Sgt. Slaughter after the break and see if he's got what it takes....
Height: 6 3/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed drop down hips, ball jointed waist, balljointed mid-torso, butterfly pecs, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Jacket shell, hat, sunglasses, holster, sheathe, 9 swappable hands, revolver, knife, and stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $32 dollars
* This version of Sgt. Slaughter definitely looks more like he's outfitted for some colder weather rather than the wrestling ring or leading PT. Yeah, he is wearing a tank top, but he's got a green jacket on, too. You can technically take the vest part of the jacket off but not the sleeves, so don't bother removing it. The detail on the jacket is quite good with plenty of pickets. Sarge is also pretty buff. Not ridiculously over the top like a wrestling figure or anything but I think he'll look great and imposing next to any Classified series figures you display him with. He blends in perfectly with the Action Force team and really fits the aesthetic of the line.
* I do want to take a moment and point out the excellent camouflage pattern of Sgt. Slaughter's pants. They look fantastic with a very realistic looking camo pattern.
* Sgt. Slaughter comes with eight bare hands that you can swap. The pegs are really thick and sturdy though I needed to use a little heat the first time or two to get them loosened up. There's a pair of standard grips, a pair of pistol grips, a pair of cradling hands for holding a longer weapon, and a pair of fists.
* Sgt. Slaughter also comes with one unique hand as well: A pointing right hand. This is really cool and just fits his personality. You can almost hear his voice yelling when you put this hand on and have him start pointing at your other figures.
* Sgt. Slaughter doesn't come with as many weapons as the other figures released so far but what he does come with is quite nice. They're both pieces seen in the Prototype Armaments set but now with excellent paintwork. First up is this very slick, heavy duty revolver. This thing is amazing and looks pretty hardcore. Gorgeous, right?
* Sarge also has a molded holster on his right hip that is uniquely molded for his revolver. It fits in there perfectly and looks pretty slick.
* Slaughter is also carrying a pretty formidable looking knife. That silver blade is pretty impressive looking and the bottom of it actually looks like an eagle. That's a cool detail for a patriotic fellow like Sgt. Slaughter.
* There's also a sheathe for the knife. It fits perfectly in there, too.
* OK, so you've probably noticed that I've made it through this entire review without commenting on Sgt. Slaughter's headsculpt. I have to say that I'm just not a fan. For a line that seems to have a fairly realistic aesthetic to it Sgt. Slaughter looks less like the actual wrestler and more like Popeye. OK, that might be a bit extreme, but I'm definitely not liking the portrait as it just seems to caricatured. Yeah, Sarge does jut his lower jaw out, but not quite like this.
* Sgt. Slaughter wears a classic drill instructor's hat and large, dark shades, and both come with the figure. They're almost impossible to keep on, though. the glasses just don't fit particularly well. The hat can fit on great if you're just displaying him on a shelf but if you move him around to pose it's going to fall off pretty quickly.
For more of Sgt. Slaughter check out my reviews of Mattel's WWE Elite Collection Hall of Fame Sargent Slaughter (and yes, that's really how the package spelled it) and the M.U.S.C.L.E. Sgt. Slaughter from Super7.
For more Action Force reviews check out the following:
In the Action Force branded VHS releases of GI Joe cartoon episodes here in UK Sgt Slaughter's name was to be Sgt Slammer because I guess Slaughter was too violent a word for kids (this was the era the UK had Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles rather than Ninja). I seem to remember he was still Slaughter in WWF but that was aimed at a slightly older audience I guess. Also of note is that Action Force would yell "Full Force!" rather than "Yo Joe!" :PReplyDelete
Valaverse has an exclusive "chase" variant of Sgt. Slaughter in a more traditional Action Force colored box with "Sgt. Slammer" as the name. I was curious where this variant stemmed from, so now I know. I did now about the Hero turtles thing. Didn't they edit out Michelangelo's nunchucks and have him use a grappling hook in the cartoon?Delete
Ah cool. :) And yeah that was why Mikey used his nunchucks less and less overall in the cartoon even in the US broadcasts so they wouldn't have to edit it so much when showing it in the UK so yeah he dropped the nunchucks entirely around season 4 and relied solely on the grappling hook. The 1990s movies had Ninja and nunchucks cos they could have age ratings unlike the cartoon. The video games were called 'Hero' but still had the nunchucks. ThunderCats was an earlier victim to the nunchuck rule with Panthro's fights often poorly cut. And his part in the classic intro where he shows off with them? Usually replaced by a snippet of him from that particular episode no matter what he'd be doing, even just standing perfectly still and calm (super jarring when a clip like that was used in the censored intro surrounded by the usual high energy animation and dynamic action of that iconic intro sequence). Anyways by the time of the second Turtles cartoon in 2003 it seemed these rules were relaxed as that aired as Ninja Turtles and had nunchucks and by time the original series was released on DVD here in 2009 that was the original unedited US version rather than the censored.Delete
I mean, you'd think Leo's frickin' swords seemed more dangerous than Mikey's nunchucks but nope, swords have always been fine for some reason. :P Something to do with Bruce Lee making nunchucks popular in the 70s. I dunno. Strange times.
That's cool about that Slammer variant.
Even over here where guns are prevalent there are still states that have banned/ tried to ban nunchaku. It's bizarre and definitely seems to stem from their connections with ninjas and martial arts movies. There actually have been quite a few bans against nunchucks struck down as unconstitutional in the past few years at different legal levels in the US.Delete
heh. Yeah. Guns, found in millions of US homes and involved in countless deaths ranging from a toddler playing with their parent's handgun to complete maniacs with assault rifles massacring unarmed people = ok.Delete
Nunchucks. Two small sticks on a chain? Threat to the entire population and the future of the species.
I mean, I'm british so I already kinda find the whole gun thing in the US a little weird but I can understand maybe needing something at home for defense but the nunchuck thing is weird as heck. :P