Series: One (1982)
Stalker was one of the original figures released carded in the first series (1982). Like all of the original sixteen figures, Stalker was released with "straight arms."
Stalker came with a black M-32 submachine gun.
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Medic, Interpreter
Stalker was warlord of a large urban street gang prior to enlistment. Fluent in Spanish, Arabic, French and Swahili. Graduated top of class-Basic Combat Training. Advanced Infantry Training (Top of Class). Special Training: U.S. Army Language School; Intelligence School. Qualified Expert: M-14; M-16; M-1911A1 (Auto-Pistol); M-3A1 Grease Gun; M-32 "Pulverizer" Sub-Machine Gun.
"Functions well under high stress situations. Intelligent. Perceptive. Moves like some sort of jungle cat---silent---fast...strong."
When the new version of Stalker was released in 1983, two major changes were made to his construction. The straight-arms were replaced with arms that could swivel at the bicep, and his bulky waist-piece was replaced by a slimmer one. Also, the date stamp on the figure was changed from "1982" to "82-83." While technically only a variation, the changes are substantial enough to consider this a new version. However, as many people consider this only a variation, we have chosen to list this figure as version 1.5, rather than version 2. Other than "straight-arm" and "swivel-arm" releases, no variations of Stalker are known to exist.
There are two versions of Stalker's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the carded Stalker does not Stalkers included with the Sears or JCPenney's exclusive gift packs also had the red backing.
Most of the 1982 series figures and their swivel-arm counterparts re-used molds from each other, repainted slightly to make them seem more original.
Stalker's arms were shared with Grunt,Hawk, Short-fuze, Snake Eyes, and Zap (and in 1983 Tan Grunt). Stalker's torso was shared with Breaker, Grunt, Hawk, and Snake Eyes (and in 1983 Tan Grunt). Stalker's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Stalker's legs were shared with Breaker, Clutch, Grunt, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Shortfuze, Steeler, and Zap (and in 1983 Tan Grunt and in 1984 Tan Clutch).
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
In Argentina, straight-arm Stalker was recolored in light blue and released as Manleh.
A version of Stalker nearly identical to the U.S. version was released in Argentina as Cheetah and in Brazil as Triton.
Versions of Stalker
In 2002, Stalker was renamed "Sgt. Stalker." So while there are several names, they are all based on the character "Stalker."
In 2006, a Lonzo R. Wilkinson figure was released, showing Stalker from his years prior to G.I.Joe.
- Stalker (v1) 1982
- Stalker (v1.5) 1983
- Stalker (v2) 1989
- Stalker (v3) 1992
- Stalker (v4) 1993
- Stalker (v5) 1994
- Stalker (v6) 1997
- Sgt. Stalker (v1) 2002
- Sgt. Stalker (v2) 2002
- Sgt. Stalker (v3) 2003
- Sgt. Stalker (v4) 2004
- Sgt. Stalker (v5) 2004
- Sgt. Stalker (v6) 2004
- Sgt. Stalker (v7) 2005
- Sgt. Stalker (v8) 2005
- Lonzo R. Wilkinson (v1) 2006
- Sgt. Stalker (v9) 2007
- Sgt. Stalker (v10) 2008
- Sgt. Stalker (v11) 2008
- Sgt. Stalker (v12) 2010
- Sgt. Stalker (v13) 2011
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Stalker (v1).
Original Retail: $2.49
Hasbro Product: 6401 (Retail), 38102 (Sears 3-Pack)
Lee's Guide: GIJ-82009
Desimone Guide: #2
Tomart's Guide: #GI5003
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 11 (1st Ed.), Pg. 15 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a