Gather round, friends, and I shall regale thee with a legendary tale of action figure hunting from the halcyon days of the 1990’s. In those days there existed the Half Price Store, in whose hallowed halls the adventuring collectors of the day would find bounteous amounts of the previous years’ action figure releases. Their names echo through toy history like forgotten warriors who have passed on into Valhalla: Swamp Thing, Toxic Crusaders, James Bond Jr., Captain Planet. Among these also were the renowned heroes of the day, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and GI Joe.
I really miss that treasure trove of a store. When I think about it now, I wonder if this sort of thing just doesn’t happen any more due to the decrease in the amount of action figure toys. I realize that GI Joe today isn’t produced in the quantities it was late in the RAH line, but even current heavy hitter toy lines don’t get entire bins full of product, whether it be at regular retail or discount stores.
Stalker was a pick up from that wondrous time, and I’m glad I bought him along with other favorite Sonic Fighters like the Viper, Falcon and Rock ‘N Roll. The colors on this series may be a bit out there, but the gimmick and the bold looks sold me at the time. Nostalgia has just made them all the more interesting, as I have many fond memories of the era. It’s kind of funny to think that I have two distinct sets of toy buying memories; those of childhood and those of adulthood.
Unlike the regular Sonic Fighter figures, the backpack isn’t removable. Well, not easily removable anyway. All one had to do was open up the pack, and remove the screws that held it to the figure. This of course left a funky looking flat area on the figure’s back, but it’s not as annyoing as a ginormous backpack.
It was a good thing to have a more all purpose Stalker again. While the tundra ranger figure is great in its own right, that version is still tied to a specific environment. This mold has some very intricate and interesting detail, like the wrist gun and the rounds on the left boot. With its prominence in the line at the time (the design was also the basis for a Hall of Fame Stalker) the figure became my default Stalker for a few years, at least until the highly underrated 1994 version was released.