Sgt. Slaughter's appearance as the spokesman for the G.I. Joe brand was a pretty big deal in the 1980s. During that era Sgt. Slaughter was one of the most recognizable wrestlers in the world and his gimmick of a tough as nails drill Marine Corps drill instructor fit in perfectly with G.I. Joe. I'm not going to say I was shocked when Hasbro revealed a Classified Series Sgt. Slaughter but I was a bit surprised, especially coming so closely after the Valaverse Action Force Sgt. Slaughter figures. I tend to feel the two lines complement each other, but when you hop on social media or various forums you'll find there is often a pretty harsh rivalry between the two brands. The release of the Classified Series Sgt. Slaughter definitely really is causing some debate. While both based on Sgt. Slaughter, the two figures are fairly different with the Action Force figure representing a contemporary version of the Sarge and the Classified Series figure representing Sarge in his prime as part of the Joe team. I believe this figure is a Fan Channel exclusive, so look for it from select e-tailers and places like GameStop. Let's take a look and see if Hasbro's Sgt. Slaughter outworks the Action Force Sgt. Slaughter...
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed drop down hips, balljointed waist, mid-torso hinge, butterfly pecs, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck base, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Glasses, hat, whistle, baton, 8 hands, rifle, magazine, flashlight attachment, and mini Sgt. Slaughter w/ package (tray, blister, and backer card).
* Sgt. Slaughter comes in the new plastic free packaging, so you can't see the figure or accessories until you open the box and all of the included paper bags. The package art might actually be the best I've seen in the plastic free range as it shows multiple appearances of Slaughter over the years. I actually like it quite a bit. There's also a cardboard weapons crate included. They're handy, but they're just thin cardboard with Sgt. Slaughter's name and figure number printed on the box.
* The Classified Series Sgt. Slaughter is on the left while the first Action Force Sgt. Slaughter is on the right. While the outfits are different, the major differences are that Hasbro's Sarge is taller and more muscular, looks younger, and is a bit brighter in color. I actually really like the Action Force line quite a bit but their Sgt. Slaughter is the only figure I've purchased from Valaverse that left me a bit cold. Hasbro's is definitely superior.
* The "mirrored" sunglasses not only look fantastic but they fit on the figure really well, too. Like a glove. They stay on and in place way better than so many other glasses I've seen in this scale.
* And the campaign hat? It fits perfectly, too. It's a bit rubbery so it clings to the head just right and looks fantastic on Sgt. Slaughter. Hasbro really engineered the accessories well here so that they don't fall off. That was one of my disappointments with Valaverse's Slaughter, so it's nice to see it wasn't repeated here.
* Slaughter's a big dude but he sure can move. The articulation is excellent with a fantastic range of motion. If you're familiar with the Classified Series it's probably not a huge surprise, but Hasbro continues to impress.
* Only a few figures in the Classified Series have came with additional hands (the Cobra Commander variants, the "00" Snake Eyes, and the new Snake Eyes and Timber set), so Sgt. Slaughter definitely is ahead of everyone else here. He overall comes with eight hands. To the left you can see six of them: A pair of grappling hands for wrestling, a pair of trigger hands for shooting, and a pair of fists for punching Cobra's lights out. What's the final pair?
* Pointing fingers! Yes, you can have him point out all of the flaws in your other figures with these two awesome pointing hands. Or he can show you how big the fish he caught is. Your choice, maggot.
* Sgt. Slaughter comes with a whistle, too. It was a common part of the character's appearance and here it is. It's small but it's a pretty decent sculpt.
* Next up is an AK styled rifle. It's a great sculpt (it's the same piece that came with the Cobra Officer) though at first I did find it a bit odd that Sgt. Slaughter came with a very "non-American" weapon. I'm wondering if the intention was that he "liberated" this from a Cobra solider and is now using it to fight for freedom.
* This weapon also has a removable magazine and target designator.
* Since Sgt. Slaughter was the pitchman for the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures, Hasbro included a packaged miniature action figure for him. The package looks like a classic ARAH figure and features a removable cardboard backer card, a plastic blister, and a tray to hold the Sarge.
* The little mini Sgt. Slaughter is pretty cool. No articulation or anything but he's painted up real nice and shows off the Sarge crossing his arms and looking tough.
* Last up is a baton, an accessory that came with most of the vintage Sgt. Slaughter figures and which the real Sgt. Slaughter often carried to the ring and used in plenty of press photos. It's a nice accessory with a few paint applications on it.
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