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.
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."
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 with the buckle resculpted into the shape of Hasbro's logo at the time. 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.
Mail-order and convention releases of Stalker featured lighter colors. This variation was also found in European markets.
There are two versions of Stalker's filecard. The filecard with the Stalkers available from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the filecard that came with the carded Stalkers did 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, 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).
In the United Kingdom and Europe, Stalker was given a red beret, packaged with the headquarters playset, and named Jammer. Jammer could be found without camouflage, with green camouflage, or with black camouflage.
Stalker was later released in the United Kingdom and Europe identically to the American version, though with the addition of Roadblock's backpack and ammo box. A variation can be found with Flash's backpack instead.
Toltoys released Stalker on Action Man cards in Australia.
Takara released Stalker in Japan in 1986.
In India, Funskool released Stalker as a Caucasian with a red uniform or a green camouflage uniform.
In Egypt, Nilco distributed a Funskool-produced Stalker.
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 (v1.5).
Original Retail: $2.25
Product Number: 6401
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83008
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 20 (1st Ed.), Pg. 29 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #2, #399 (Convention)
Tomart's Guide: #GI5103 (swivel arm)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a