02 03 Nerd Lunch: There are two lights at the end of the tunnel...and they're Sgt. Slaughter's aviator sunglasses! 04 05 15 16 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 31 32 33

There are two lights at the end of the tunnel...and they're Sgt. Slaughter's aviator sunglasses!

When Hasbro started the G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary line a few years ago, I thought they were awesome, but I hesitated getting into it until I saw that the line really took off. At this point, I have a pretty decent sized collection. More than I planned to get. Probably more than I should have gotten. But, that's not to say I don't want more. As I peruse lists of classic figures or look at my own vintage figures, I think about how a Lifeline, Crazylegs, or Airtight would be great to have. Or decent versions of Cover Girl, Footloose, and Law & Order rather than the movie-style figures we got.

Two figures I never dreamed we would get were the figures based on real people. While there was a rumor that The Fridge might be a mail-in, Doc won out instead. And with wrestling licenses including Sgt. Slaughter, there seemed to be little hope that Sarge would ever get made by Hasbro for this line.

Somehow, that changed and as an exclusive for the 2010 San Diego Comic Con (unfortunately, the NLCC couldn't swing this deal), Hasbro sold two different Sgt. Slaughter action figures. Upon hearing the news, I knew that I had to get one. Sarge was one of my favorite figures growing up.

There was no guarantee that Hasbro would sell these separate from the convention and I wasn't really looking forward to battling other crazy folk like me on eBay. So I put the call out on Twitter to see if any of my followers weren't annoyed by me enough to swing by the Hasbro booth and pick one up for me.

And the third nicest guy in the world, @CapSteveRogers, answered the call and did just that.

There were two versions and I specifically requested the version that matched my vintage version rather than the one dubbed "Triple T" that went with the Triple T Tank.

This figure came carded on the 25th Anniversary style cards and was in a G.I. Joe clamshell case. I planned on opening him all along, but upon seeing it in the package, I briefly considered leaving him in his prison. But what prison can hold Sgt. Slaughter?! None, I say. So, free him I did.

As for accessories, he comes with a removable whistle, his baton, a mic, a G.I. Joe wrestling championship belt, and a stand. The variant came with a gun.

All in all, a great figure. While I'm not a big fan of exclusives in general, under the special circumstances with rights and licenses, I appreciate the effort Hasbro made to make this happen. Very well done. Now, let's see The Fridge for 2011.

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