RANGER  
  Code Name: STALKER  
 

I've never really liked Stalker, for two main reasons. Firstly, the character was basically rubbish - while in the cartoon he's inoffensive enough, in the comic he features for the bulk of the run. Which would be fine, if it wasn't for the fact he's largely deployed as an exposition machine for the main sole focus of the book, Snake Eyes. Whenever Stalker's around, you know you're only frames away from another leaden retelling of his adventures with Snake and Storm Shadow in Vietnam. Stalker must appear in close to a hundred issues of the comic without ever threatening to develop his own personality. He's one of the few who didn't get better under Devil's Due either.

The other reason is a bit weirder. Palitoy reassigned the Stalker name to a (slight) recolour of the first Snake Eyes figure, driver of the SAS Panther jeep, and considerably more awesome than G.I. Joe's Stalker could ever hope to be. Having got the 25th Anniversary figure which roughly corresponded, getting the American Stalker would just confuse things. In the end I only ended up with a figure of this version because it came in a job lot with a bunch of other bits. Even now I'm fighting the temptation to paint his beret red and refer to him as 'Jammer' the whole time, after the Z Force communications officer based on the original Stalker mould.

The version I have is the 'Ultimate Battle Pack' figure, which by dumb luck seems to be the best one. The dark camouflage scheme works a treat, and gives him a good, distinct look compared to figures of the other original Joes. This version also comes with the JUMP jet pack, which fits nicely. The head cast is very distinct, while the figure has a very good range of poses - if anything, the jet pack actually aids Stalker's balance.

All in all, it's a very good figure, I'll begrudgingly admit. I just wish I didn't dislike the character so much. Ah well.

 




G.I. Joe Stalker
G.I. Joe Stalker
G.I. Joe Stalker
G.I. Joe Stalker