Sgt. Slaughter (1988)
Holy cow! It’s the Sarge without a tank top and whistle! And he’s wearing a removable hat to boot! Awesome! With this figure, Sgt. Slaughter finally looked more like a Joe than a wrestler. His military look brings to mind his few appearances in the Marvel comic, in which he was outfitted in simple camo fatigues, and was also shown hatless at times. Granted, he didn’t exactly look like this figure, but it did make me remember his very non-Sunbow (i.e. not a Mary Sue) comic portrayal.
On the hatless subject, this figure also incorporates the “give ’em more hair” philosophy frequently employed by Hasbro sculptors of the time when working from real models. Well, he doesn’t get away with a full head of hair and sports a kind of hair peninsula under his hat.
The file card incorporates Sgt. Slaughter’s drill instructor mentality into his role as a driver of the AIFV Warthog. He beats the vehicle into the ground as he puts it through its paces. At least he’s consistent. I also get a chuckle thinking of him berating an inanimate object like a raw recruit: “I think the best part of you leaked from an impact wrench, ran down a crack in the assembly line ramp and ended up as a brown stain in the grease pit!”