Sgt. Stalker (2005 comic pack)
What is not to like about the original Stalker figure? I’ve covered it before, and I still hold it up as one of my favorite GI Joe figures, even among later offerings of the 80s and 90s. I think that, of all the original thirteen 1982-83 Joes, his figure stands out as truly unique. It also is the most iconic interpretation. The only downside to that is the fact that the first version didn’t get a strict remake during the Real American Hero run. Even when it was repainted as part of the Stars and Stripes set, I really liked it.
It did however get a re-do as part of the comic packs of the Valor vs. Venom series. In fact, he got two. Mighty impressive, and I’m glad to see that someone at Hasbro dug old Lonzo as much as I did. I like both versions, but I prefer this darker color scheme. The contrast of the uniform, straps and boots just pop, and really reflect a comic style. I also really like the detail of the red collar, just like the comics as well.
Many of the comic pack figures lack a little something, be it the heads, poor accessory choices or paint scheme. Stalker fares well on all fronts. Though he has the same waist and legs as the other 82-83 comic pack Joes, they seem to work better in this case. Maybe it’s the all-over camo that helps the disparate torso and leg parts mesh. His noggin isn’t quite as pinheadish as others of his ilk either.
Instead of his classic M-32 submachine gun, he’s equipped with the newly minted M-16, a great substitute, especially for those of us familiar with the character’s backstory in the Vietnam flashback issues. He also came with Ambush’s old rifle, but it doesn’t really work for the character. Stalker only ever needed one accessory anyway. He’s a bad bad man.