This past week Hasbro finally addressed the Sgt. Slaughter SDCC controversy. The press release is quite misleading and probably unsatisfactory for some folks, but there is some good news. Also good news if you’re a Canadian Joe fan attending the Fan Expo Canada as the USA version of Sarge will be for sale 1 per customer at that event. Onto the Press release:
To the G.I. JOE fan community,

The passion displayed since Comic-Con on fan-forums regarding the special edition Sgt. Slaughter figures has been truly remarkable. It proves that there is a huge appetite to see this character in action figure form and we’re thrilled that the designs were so well received. We know the Sarge himself, who you may have had the chance to meet in the Hasbro booth at Comic-Con, would be honored to see such an outpouring of support and desire for this special edition figure in his likeness.

We understand there has been a misperception that Hasbro Toy Shop did not offer the primary or variant versions of the figure on the website after Comic-Con as has recently been tradition. This is not true. As publicized prior to the convention, there were indeed a limited number of Sgt. Slaughter figures (both variant and primary) available after the show; a reserve set aside specifically for HasbroToyShop.com as there is with all of our special edition figures.

Due to the overwhelming popularity, the figures sold out extremely fast. While we cannot provide a number of how many were available for practical business reasons, we do understand the frustration of those fans who were hoping to purchase the Comic-Con figures online after the convention. However, the very nature of these special edition figures dictates that they will be made in very limited quantities and availability cannot be guaranteed. Again, coupled with a strong demand for these figures, the supply available at both the convention and online afterwards went incredibly fast. Our primary goal is to make as many figures available at the show for the convention attendees. We are glad that we are also able to make some figures available online to those not able to make it to San Diego, but again, this quantity is limited.

It is important to note that the best opportunity to obtain these special edition figures is at the convention itself.

While we cannot guarantee anything at this time, because of the demand by fans who could not get the Comic-Con figures, we are looking at making the Sgt. Slaughter figures available again at retail, albeit in different packaging and likely not as single-carded basic figures. While details are not final we are making progress for late Spring ’11 and will have news in a couple months. We look forward to updating you then.

Thank you once again for the enthusiasm and support.

Sincerely,

The G.I. JOE brand team

Unfortunately this press release sort of glosses over a few key facts. Yes, both versions of Sarge have eventually shown up on Hasbro Toy Shop. The Triple T Tank version of Sgt. Slaughter appeared on the website for a grand total of 45 seconds, give or take. Some rumors persist that he’s popped up a few other times, but his total time on the site is likely under two minutes. Suffice to say, the press release doesn’t mention just how limited his appearance on Hasbro Toy Shop was. The reserve set aside for Hasbro Toy Shop literally had to be less than 100.

The USA version of Sarge has appeared on the website for less than five minutes total. Again, let’s be clear he wasn’t up for five minutes, but rather total combined time close to five minutes. Which means Sarge has been making brief cameos for 1 minute, 30 second, 45 second, intervals. It’s almost as likely to catch a glimpe of Bigfoot than it is to catch Sarge on sale.

Finally, the press release also neglects the fact that it took a week for Slaughter to make his first appearance. Which is vastly different than all previous and other current exclusives. Definitely frustrating to some fans. Hasbro’s verbage wasn’t quite as wisely worded as it probably should have been to avoid more SlaughterGate outrage, but whatever.

The good news is that it seems like Hasbro is intent on getting another Sarge out there. It looks like it could be a while off, but at least the crapstorm that SlaughterGate has brought will likely lead to another release. Fans are now looking to Hasbro to score a touchdown with their impending Slaughter release, after ridiculously dropping the ball this first go round.

As for Slaughter at HTS? Well, he may show up again. They seem to show up in quantities of 5-10 on the website at random times. To those out there still F5ing… Good luck my brothers.

6 Responses to SlaughterGate News: Sarge in Canada, Press Release and Re-Release

  • Lt_Clutch says:

    I had an easier time getting the Celebration V Star Wars two-packs than this stuff, and they're supposed to be extremely limited. I hope they release both Sarges in mainstream form so I can have loose samples for my display. Good luck to all fellow RAH collectors!

  • I think he was the hardest SDCC release to get this year. At least if you wanted to pay regular price for him. The variant shot up in price. I'm ashamed at how much I spent to get the Sarge. Hopefully Hasbro gets both versions and maybe a few more out there. I'm still baffled that this situation happened. How did they not know this was going to be a super popular figure? Boggles the mind.

  • Lt_Clutch says:

    I know. Poor Rowdy Roddy Piper never got this much love when they made him into an Iron Grenadier exclusive.

  • wesitron says:

    I had originally thought this would mean a re-tool of the Triple T, but someone else mentioned a pack with the Marauders and I think that's an awesome idea, 25th or modern style. Naturally I'd like my Sarge a bit older in look, but the Marauders could definitely use an upgrade

  • I think both are reasonable possibilities.

    Of course I'd love a reissue of the Warthog and Sarge! That was my favorite Slaughter figure.

    There's a lot of potential for Hasbro to do great things with this. We'll see I guess.

  • Pyrat says:

    Oh c;mon guys… give it some time and there'll be further releases, all the way down to a mass-market version at Wal-Mart and Target. Hasbro sees there's demand and ultimately all they care about is making money. You don't make money by making something too limited. Hasbro doesn't make any money on after-market sales, no matter how high the price gets.

    So, take a chill pill, be patient, and keep your money in your pocket.

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