Friday, January 25, 2013

1982 GI Joe Stalker the Straight Arm Ranger and all around Awesome !!

From the first wave of Hasbro's 3 3/4 GI Joe line released in 1982, the Army Ranger Stalker !!
 
 
One of my absolute favorites from this line !!!




Decked out in Full Camo and Green Beret, Stalker and his trademark M-32 Submachine gun !!

 
And the CARD !! That picture sets the tone !!!


I still remember getting Stalker the first time. My mother came home from shopping and handed me the Ranger ready for action. He was the fourth member of my growing army and he fit right in !! I loved the fact that he was a field medic, and he took over the duties of patching holes in his comrades. The camouflage uniform usually put him under cover or the first man in, forward observer. When I upgraded Grunt to a Swivel Arm version, Stalker quickly got his backpack to fill out his gear. His role in the Marvel comics reinforced his station on my team as a leader and one of the more formidable Joes available. My original Stalker suffered from "Cracked Thumb" syndrome, and he was quickly replaced by a new, Swivel Arm version that stayed with the team until the end.
 
This Straight Arm version, once teamed up with an incoming Swivel Arm version, will be inducted in the Toymorrow Joe Hall of Fame as part of a collecting objective; to assemble the Original line in both Straight Arm and Swivel Arm versions.
 
Click the link to read about it : Toymorrow Hall of Fame Introduction

8 comments:

  1. I had this one myself back in day I got him shortly after I had gotten Flash and right before I had Snake Eyes and Scarlett.

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    1. Stalker was my fourth, after Breaker, Short Fuse and Snake Eyes.

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  2. HAHA...The cracked thumb syndrome on the straight arms sounds like something Cobra cooked up! Sadly it even happens on the swivel arm but not as frequently.

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    1. A Cobra Plot ! That's great :) most of my '82 Joes broke so they must have been susceptible to it, then again I was 9 so it might have been me ...

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  3. Nice piece. So many cracked thumbs... the horror.

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    1. Yeah, they looked like untrained bomb disposal unit after a while :(

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  4. Classic figure! He was one of the first Joe I got as a kid along with Snake Eyes.
    Isaac and I found one at the flea market last summer.

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    1. One of the best of the Original line ! Great pick up at a Flea market !!

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