1997 Slugger Box Art
Now here’s something interesting that I hadn’t noticed for years. The Toys R Us Exclusive release of the Slugger from 1997 uses the same image layout as the classic version, yet done in a photographic rather than painterly style. The conceit is revealed in its driver, Gung Ho, who looks more like an action figure than the usual painted representation of the character. I don’t know why this fact escaped me for years, but now I’m curious to go back and look at the rest of the line.