I sit here tonight in the midst of a snow storm in May. More than a little odd for my corner of the world, and inspiring in a way. The last time I took photos in the snow was back in December. I figured I would tuck them away until the snowy season rolled around again, but I couldn’t resist breaking out the very very cool (no pun intended) tundra ranger Stalker.
Cold weather figures naturally aren’t all that useable outside of their intended environments. Stalker’s specialty here in interesting in that tundra isn’t a totally snowy or icy environment. This is reflected in the presence of greens along with white in his uniform.
Funny enough, he was a central character in the DIC Operation: Dragonfire mini-series. Unlike previous cartoon minis, that particular series didn’t have the typical Joes battling Cobra in the snow scenes. As such, Stalker was a bit out of place running about in this outfit. He did get a chance to break out his famous white kayak in an underground river scene. I suppose when you’re tasked with selling a toy, you have to make sure you sell every accessory.
That particular accessory is one of the most amazing to be included with a GI Joe figure. It’s impressively large to be packed on a single carded figure. However it’s not my favorite of Stalker’s many pieces of gear. I’m fascinated by his mask. I really have no idea what this thing is supposed to do, beyond I suppose protecting his face from the elements. Whatever the purpose, it looks cool.
While not the most obvious outfit choices for a re-do of one of the original RAH team members, the figure did almost give me one of my wished-for figures: the arctic Stalker from Marvel Comics issue number two. I’m still hoping to see that one all these years later.