Sgt. Slaughter (1986 and more)
Today When It Was Cool is taking a look at the first "celebrity" G.I. Joe action figure- Sgt. Slaughter. In 1986, Sgt. Slaughter was released packed with the Triple T tank. The action figure did not come with a weapon or accessory aside from a short baton.
Sgt. Slaughter was a popular pro wrestler, gaining a great deal of fame in the National Wrestling Alliance Mid-Atlantic area before becoming an even bigger star in the WWF. However, Sgt. Slaughter (Robert Remus) became embroiled in a merchandise dispute with the WWF and ultimately left the promotion to wrestle for the AWA. This is when he signed a deal with Hasbro to become the real life spokesperson for G.I. Joe and get his own action figure, comic book character, and cartoon personality. (If you like pro wrestling be sure to visit our Wrestling Zone)
There were several versions of Sgt. Slaughter released over the years and even different sculpts including one with a removable campaign hat. The character was very short lived in the comic book series and never played a major role. Slaughter, however, was a major character in the cartoon series and even the lead character during the DIC era.
If you found this article interesting please consider becoming a Patreon supporter. That is how we keep our website and podcasts up and running plus you will get lots of bonus content including extra and extended podcasts, articles, digital comics, ebooks, and much more. Check out our Patreon Page to see what's up!