Archive: Sgt. Stalker - Ranger

September 1, 2011

Sgt. Stalker was released in the summer of 2011 as part of the first wave of figures in the G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary line. The 30th Anniversary line celebrates 30 years since the release of the modern, 3-3/4-inch G.I. Joe action figure. As part of the celebration, Hasbro not only included figures of classic characters from the 1982 A Real American Hero series, but also those from the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series.

Stalker, being one of the original 16 A Real American Hero figures from 1982, is a fitting character with which to start the 30th Anniversary line. The character's physical appearance has evolved over the years with a mustache morphing into a more menacing goatee and the addition of some dreadlocks to lend him some "street cred," but his tough, yet cunning persona--as illustrated in his 1982 filecard--have withstood the test of time and are carried on in this modern homage.

Release Date: 2011
Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: web gear with machete sheath, machete, knee pads (2), pistol (2), silencer, boot knife, combat knife, sub-machine gun, display stand with G.I. Joe logo (SGT.STALKER)

















Did You Know? As a Ranger, Sgt. Stalker is part of an elite Army unit. The rigorous training program of Ranger School includes an assessment test that alone eliminates 60 percent of participants. If they're lucky enough to get past the assessment, students will cover a curriculum that includes training across a number of harsh terrains such as desert, mountain and tropical environments, as well as several airborne and air assault operations. This broad training program ensures Rangers can adapt to any and all combat situations.

Sgt. Stalker
Ranger
Name: Lonzo R. Wilkinson
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Grade: E-5 (Sergeant)
Primary Weapon: FPC-series "Firepit" submachine combat weapon
Combat Gear: Rifle, submachine gun, pistol, silencer, machete, tactical knife, anti-armor knife

Sgt. Stalker developed his survival skills growing up on the mean streets of his hometown, and sharpened them even more in advanced combat training. He uses his keen intelligence and quick perception to maintain a calm, cool atmosphere in high-stress situations. Quick to react, he moves like lighting: silent, fast and strong.


4 comments:

Clutch Castro said...

I was hoping that Hasbro would return to the classic card art style like they did for the 25th anniversary. Maybe they will once 2012 actually rolls along.

A Real American Hero said...

These aren't the best cards they've ever put out, but the character art is pretty nice. Based on what Hasbro said at Comic-Con, the fan club subscription figures will come on classic cards, while figures at retail will continue with this "Renegades" look until the movie line figures are released.

John said...

It is very sad that the start of G.I. Joe's 30th is filled with re-issued figures. this figure is a gem among the stones I wish they could have given him a back pack.
About the packaging art, what really great about the ARAH card design was the art was not close cropped like the modern ones. The old design conveys a sense of action while the current ones are more static. Hasbro designers should maximize the art to see more of the figure.

A Real American Hero said...

I'm not certain if this is the decisive factor that prevented this figure for getting a much needed backpack, but the web gear has an armored back that doesn't had an open space for the back hole. The large large combat knife actually fits into the back hole, but you have to removed the web gear, so it was either an oversight or left that way for aesthetics.

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