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 "Pulverizer" 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."
Stalker was available either with thick thumbs or thin thumbs. The thin thumb Stalker also featured lighter camouflage.
When Stalker was re-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 the changes are substantial enough for some to consider this a new version, it is still technically just a variation. Because of this, we have chosen to list this figure as version 1.5, rather than version 2.
There are two versions of Stalker's filecard. The filecard with the Stalker available from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the filecard that came with the carded Stalker did not. Stalker figures 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, Plastirama recolored straight-arm Stalker in light blue and released him as Manleh. Additionally, a version of Stalker much closer to the U.S. version was released in Argentina as Cheetah.
Estrela released Stalker in Brazil as Triton.
In Mexico, Stalker was released as part of series 1 (1986) by the Auriken toy company, in a box instead of on a card, also called Cheetah.
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.
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)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
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