Sgt. Stalker (2004)
Stalker is one of the Joes who I think becomes too hemmed in by his original design. Sure, the first figure was iconic, but after a while it’s nice to see something different. He has had a few redesigns over the years, but Hasbro still seems to go back the all-camo well with Stalker. While I enjoyed the deviaton of the second version’s tundra ranger look, it was obviously too environment specific for regular use.
That changed with the new sculpt era. The first new Stalker of the period was outfitted in a high collared field jacket that gave him a new sort of dashing look. This version takes that concept and turns it into a more functional, less bulky uniform.
The sculpt, along with many others of the time, falls short in a few areas. Proportions are problematic in spots, particularly the small head and hands. He’s also victim of thunder thighs, though I shouldn’t complain too much, as big legs continued to show up even in the 25th anniversary line. I wonder why that happens? Is it a production or a design problem? Who knows? By the way, it takes a real badass to rock a man purse.