WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter will be returning to the world of G.I. Joe imminently with his next action figure due to drop later this year.
Twelve years after Sgt. Slaughter’s last action figure in the series was released, Hasbro has confirmed their Slaughter figure will be released later in 2022 as part of their G.I. Joe Classified Series. The WWE Hall of Famer made an appearance on a Hasbro Plus live stream to officially confirm the news, stating that’s been called back into action.
A specific release date wasn’t mentioned, though a first look at the six-inch figure can be seen below:
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Making his first appearance in 1985, the Sgt. Slaughter character is no different to that of the real-life Robert Rudolph Remus, though there are no official mentions of the G.I. Joe character being the professional wrestler he’s universally known as. The only official correlation is that the character uses a range of wrestling moves.
A new G.I. Joe Sgt. Slaughter figure was released almost every year between 1985 and 1989, with production stopping when he returned to the World Wrestling Federation as an Iraqi sympathizer. This, of course, came as the Gulf War was beginning, and was later voted as 1991’s Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards.
The latest figures in Sgt. Slaughter’s G.I. Joe lineage were released in 2010 at that year’s San Diego Comic-Con, both of which were sold exclusively at the convention. One was based on his 1985 mail-away toy and the other on his 1986 Triple T driver toy.
Sgt. Slaughter is one of just a few professional athletes to be produced as a G.I. Joe figure, with the likes of WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper and former NFL player William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry also having figures made within the franchise.