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Survivor: Redemption Island — The Duel That Never Happened

March 21, 2011 12:00 PM by Ryan Haidet

It was heavily hyped before Survivor: Redemption Island began that the season would also be the battle of Boston Bob Mariano vs. Russell Hantz.  Some of the most-aired commercials featured Boston Rob and Russell walking through the jungle as giants towering over the trees as host Jeff Probst looked at the camera saying, “I’m gonna need a bigger torch!”  But this ultimate duel was one that died just as fast as the Saboteur twist from last summer’s Big Brother as Russell Hantz was the second person eliminated from the competition.  But just because the tussle never happened, there is new merchandise available on CBSStore.com surrounding the non-event with the so-called Survivor giants.

Take a glance at the top image.  That is a 23″ x 30″ poster available at CBSStore.com for $20.  The item description says, “In this season, see two of Survivor‘s most infamous villains compete against one another.  Who are you voting for?”  Too bad that never happened, huh?

Now look at the T-shirt below.  CBSStore.com also has this item in stock.  It’s a men’s shirt made of 100 percent cotton, and it’s only available in black.  Cost?  $25.

High hopes?  Sure does seem like it!

One thing to note — these items weren’t released on CBSStore.com until after the bulk of other items from Survivor: Redemption Island.  This seems like something they should have made available immediately after Boston Rob and Rusell were announced as returning castaways.  I bet they would have sold a lot more of them.

Other Survivor: Redemption Island merchandise this season at CBSStore.com includes tribal buffs, several new T-shirts, a tall shot glass, coffee mugs, a mouse pad and a 14″ x 24″ wooden sign featuring this season’s logo for $60 (see below).

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