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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1983-STALKER-1.5

Series: 1.5 (1983)

This swivel-arm version was released carded as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm Stalker was available in stores in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.

In 1986 and 1987, Hasbro Direct offered Stalker as part of the "Original Adventure Team" mail-in set. He came packaged in a plastic bag and came with nine other figures in a carrying case.

Leftover Hasbro stock of this figure was packaged with new accessories and sold at the 1992 G.I.Joe Convention.

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Accessories

Stalker came with a black M-32 submachine gun.

Filecard Information

File Name: Wilkinson, Lonzo R.
SN: RA725054399
Grade: E-5
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Medic, Interpreter

Variations

When the old version of Stalker was replaced 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.

The 1992 G.I.Joe Convention release came with a black submachine gun and black gun.

Body Construction

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, Zap, and Tan Grunt. The upper arms only were shared with Snow Job. Stalker's torso was shared with Breaker, Grunt, Hawk, Snake Eyes, and 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, Short-fuze, Steeler, Zap, 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).

International Variants

In the United Kingdom and Europe, Stalker was given a red beret, packaged with the headquarters playset, and named Jammer.

In India, the Stalker was released with white skin.

Reference Information

The below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Stalker (v1.5).

Original Retail: n/a
Hasbro Product: n/a
RAHC: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #2, #399 (Convention)
Tomart's Guide: #GI5103 (swivel arm)
The Ultimate Guide: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a

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