The Power of Packaging: Talking Battle Commanders Stalker
Wow, that’s a mouthful of a post title. It’s fitting, considering that the Talking Battle Commanders spoke quite a bit, at least for the time. Hey, three lines of scratchy sampled audio was pretty amazing back then. The early 90s saw an explosion of this sort of feature, with many action figure lines sporting oversized talking backpacks. The Joes were saddled with some of the largest. Thankfully, they’re removable with a little help from a precision screwdriver.
The art here is great. It’s certainly bold, and there’s no question as to what you’re getting in the package, thanks to the try-me feature on the back. The card size was a necessity due to the figure itself, but the larger size still feels a bit weird considering the usual dimension that had been part of the line since ’82.