Sgt. Slaughter (2006)
Love him or hate him, there’s no escaping Sgt. Slaughter if you’re a small scale GI Joe collector. Granted, his appearances haven’t been as numerous since his 80s heyday. Heck, this figure is his sole appearance during the time referred to as the new sculpt era, and he showed up again in the modern style only as an elusive SDCC exclusive. Not exactly the easiest guy to track down in action figure form these days. You can’t even get his Joe-scaled WWE figure without sinking a mint on him. The story of his recent rarity is supposedly due to licensing issues with said wrestling entertainment company. Whatever the case, it’s frustrating for a collector.
Slaughter’s Renegades were a part of the 2006 con set, and the three members were outfitted in matching armor with individualized details. It made for a cohesive looking group, a plus for a set of figures meant to be presented together. The Sarge himself takes his mold from the Battle CORPS version of Gung Ho, one of the better figures in that sub-set. The uniform fits the character well, although the painted-on gloves are a bit of a cheap looking compromise.
My copy of this figure is still on its, card thanks to the fact that Sarge signed it at JoeCon. The card art and layout is consistent with the DTC style, which I found to be an interesting nod to the classic 80s look, albeit with a modern twist. At the time, the club wasn’t offering many small Joes in cards, and this special situation with the Sarge’s anniversary was noted on the card. Big points for the club on their presentation with this one. My only wish was that he could have signed “at ease, disease” on the card. Oh well.