Special thanks to the TheArtistShArK (here is a link to his YouTube Channel and Instagram) for the tip off and to the Full Force Podcast for breaking the rumor but there appears to be a new Sgt. Slaughter and Triple T GI Joe Transformers crossover collaboration in the works. Let’s dig into this Sgt. Slaughter and Triple-T GI Joe Transformers Crossover Rumor. According to Full Force Podcast, the Sarge himself let the news slip about an upcoming Sgt. Slaughter and Triple T GI Joe Transformers crossover collaboration. This isn’t the first time the Sarge let information slip about future GI Joe projects, but as of yet there is nothing officially announced from Hasbro. This rumor has also been reported by TFW2005, where they also report ” According to the information shared this would be a transformable Triple T vehicle (which Transformers character is still unknown) packed with a Ring-O Sargent Slaughter figure. Apparently mentioned by Sargent Slaughter himself during a convention. In any case, we suggest you to take this with a grain of salt until we get an official confirmation or images.” No official details as to what Autobot the Triple T could transform into but let’s check out the Triple T and Sgt. Slaughter in the meantime to refresh your memory. Once we get more information, we will be sure to update you.
Triple T with Sgt. Slaughter
The personal vehicle of Sgt. Slaughter, the Triple T or Tag Team Terminator as it was also known, is a tankette with white armor, and black tracks, armed with two guns on the section behind the driver’s seat. It was seen in several episodes of the Sunbow cartoon with the Sarge piloting his Triple T and charging into battle againist Cobra!
Triple T Variation: The Night Raider
The Triple T was also released and redone as part of the Night Force line! This could open the door to a possible repaint and more Night Force figures and vehicles coming down the line! That would be really cool to get this subline in O-Ring form!
The Triple T came packed with Sgt. Slaughter v2, where he had green military hat, brown hair and mustache, silver sunglasses, a whistle around his neck, a black tank top, black wristbands, with light and dark green camouflage pants with dark green belt and green and black boots! The USA logo, from the version of the figure is not present. Getting this version of the Sarge on a new single release cardback with the Transformer Triple T vehcile would be a dream for collectors, as this version of the Sarge has never been released on a single cardback!
2023 GI Joe Transformers Collaboration Rumors
As we reported back on December 26, 2022. we could see the third GI Joe Transformers crossover mashup come in the form of a Soundwave Thunder Machine that comes with O-Ring versions of Zartan and Zarana along with Ravage! Let’s take a look at the vintage versions of these classic figures to get a sense of what this pack could look like! Like Bumblebee, who Transformed into the AWE Striker and Megatron, who Transformed into the HISS Tank, A Soundwave Thunder Machine would be freakin amazing so we hope these reports and rumors come to fruition!
Soundwave and Ravage
Soundwave is one of Megatron’s most reliable troops, and he has positioned himself comfortably and irreplaceably in the Decepticon upper command structure. Though “only” Communications Officer, Soundwave stands at Megatron’s side as a confidant, comparable in rank to Starscream and Shockwave, but unlike them, entirely loyal to his leader.
Ravage is one of Soundwave’s most reliable spies, Ravage believes unwaveringly in the Decepticon cause, and Megatron embodies that cause. To better serve Megatron and the Decepticons, Ravage has become the most efficient and deadly war machine under his command. He hides himself in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment to strike with grim accuracy. His name is synonymous with stealth. His survivors are few.
Zarana is a master of disguise just as much as her elder brother Zartan is. Whereas her brother uses holographics and depends on physical aspects of the art of disguise, she prefers to use makeup and method acting to deceive her targets. As a method actor, she deliberately assumes herself in the role of her disguise. She goes to the length of thinking, feeling and reacting as the object of her disguise does. In fact, she was so good at it that she could have been a successful stage actress. Her weaknesses, though, far outweigh her skills. As good as she can act, it doesn’t take long before her natural tendencies start to rise out. She is smart and ambitious but short-tempered, cruel and greedy. Zarana’s head had earrings (Right). Early in her release, the head sculpt was changed and the earrings were removed (Left). The earlier version with the earrings is much harder to find.”
Released with his swamp skier in 1984, The Chameleon, Zartan was a cool figure for the time and came with a color changing skin! According to Joepedia, “One of the more eerie operatives in the employ of Cobra, Zartan unnerves both colleagues and opponents alike with his ability to alter his appearance and blend in with the environment. As a master of disguise, he has employed both practical and technological means of deceit, utilizing makeup and holographics. In addition to disguise, he is an expert in ventriloquism, a versatile linguist and escape artist. Zartan is a difficult man to capture and hold as he has shown to be proficient in several martial arts, some of which are believed to be derived from ninja. Cunning and intelligent, Zartan is the complete opposite of the band of biker miscreants he leads, the Dreadnoks who tend to rely on brute force.”
GI Joe Classified Series Retro Card Back
This is the third version of Zartan in the GI Joe Classified Series and they wanted to go with the 80’s Sunbow vibe with the blues, the blacks, and the “weird gray shoes.” The fits and finishes are fantastic, including the silver Dreadnok belt buckle and the armor clips. The face deco is amazing with the beady green eyes and they subtly redefined the face paint to differentiate it from other releases. What is cool about this version of Zartan is that he will be a single carded figure, which we have not seen since the 25th Anniversary 3 3/4″ line so it will be cool to see what the card looks like for this figure.
Zartan O-Ring Cardback Potential Illustrations
As we’ve seen with previous single carded illustrations for the 25th Anniversary and Hall of Heroes versions of Zartan, we could see any one of these two images for the O-Ring version. Personally, we think the 25th Anniversary illustration is the one to go with for an O-Ring version as he looks more like the digital render with the ram’s skull and belts design but who knows…they might make a brand new sketch like they did for the GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback version.
Dreadnok Thunder Machine
The Thunder Machine was the Dreadnoks heavy forward strike vehicle. It weighed 4.2 tons and had a maximum range of 750 miles. The vehicle’s maximum road speed was 115 mph and it’s maximum cross-country speed was 53 mph. While most of the Dreadnoks prefer to ride on their motorcycles, Thrasher favors his patchwork monstrosity, the Thunder Machine. Assembled from spare parts found in automobile junkyards and airplane graveyards, the Thunder Machine is a hulking mess of armor and weaponry.
The Thunder Machine was released in 1986 and included the Thrasher action figure.
Back in June 2022, for Yo Joe June, Emily and Lenny did a live unboxing of the Dreadnok Thunder Machine. It was a fun way to kick off the event although we think fans were expecting more just judging from the comments. Was this a teaser as to what was to come? Only time will tell!
GI Joe Shopping Experience
Be sure check out our GI Joe Shopping experience featuring the the vintage o-ring figures to complete your collection!