GeneralsJoes Reviews 30th Anniversary Stalker and Cobra Viper

All week long I’ve been adding Wave 1 30th Anniversary figures to my review page, and figured I shouldn’t make an exception for today!

The last two figures from the initial wave have been posted, and you can get to them directly at the links below:

  • Dusty Ayers

    Your pic of all the Joes together looks great but it reminds what a flat failure Recondo is. What a smushmortion.

  • Dusty Ayers

    Your pic of all the Joes together looks great but it reminds what a flat failure Recondo is. What a smushmortion.

  • Scott

    Stalker would have been interesting with some “real” hair. A lot like Zanzibar many years ago, or even like that 12″ tall guy…

    How about some comparison shots with older o-rings? I like how Stalker is looking, but he would be hanging out with almost all old-school figures here. Stalker is a stand-out trooper, but is he a full 4+ inches?

  • Scott

    Stalker would have been interesting with some “real” hair. A lot like Zanzibar many years ago, or even like that 12″ tall guy…

    How about some comparison shots with older o-rings? I like how Stalker is looking, but he would be hanging out with almost all old-school figures here. Stalker is a stand-out trooper, but is he a full 4+ inches?

  • ero

    I think Dreadlock Stalker is ridiculous. I just can’t stand it, be it the Resolute figure or this one.

    I’m not a big comics guy, but the Stalker I want is definitely a Marvel one, preferably a POC-style version of the one from the flashback in #27. I just love that guy.

  • ero

    I think Dreadlock Stalker is ridiculous. I just can’t stand it, be it the Resolute figure or this one.

    I’m not a big comics guy, but the Stalker I want is definitely a Marvel one, preferably a POC-style version of the one from the flashback in #27. I just love that guy.

  • I found a fairly simple fix – just pop his head off and then ever-so-slightly put it back on the peg and you can get him more or less looking forwards and have it be stable. Sure, he’s not playable in that state (it would take a little more than a gentle breeze to knock the head off, but not much), but it’s a vast aesthetic improvement over the out-of-the-package figure.

  • That Shadow Tracker knife of Stalker’s is just such an odd inclusion, since there’s no crossover with any other ST accessories so we don’t have any explicable weirdness like City Strike Duke sporting a ninja sword. I don’t know if there was a webgear screw-up (having it pegged to the backpack hole would be odd, but not unprecedented), but I spent a couple of minutes looking over his outfit to find a place to plug it in without success and got kinda annoyed.

    I guess if you have a Rock Viper you can peg it into the spear….?

  • I have the peg on the Shadow Tracker knife secured in the backpack peg-hole and the only restriction on the figure is the hair/head movement.

    Another notable note on the accessories EVERYBODY seems to forget is that the small pistol silencer fits PERFECTLY on the submachine gun. Very cool!

    There is a problem I see with the figure: the filecard states that he includes a rifle, which he does not, AND the webgear ammunition clips are for that not-included yet mentioned rifle. He’s going to have to lift one from somewhere…

  • I have the peg on the Shadow Tracker knife secured in the backpack peg-hole and the only restriction on the figure is the hair/head movement.

    Another notable note on the accessories EVERYBODY seems to forget is that the small pistol silencer fits PERFECTLY on the submachine gun. Very cool!

    There is a problem I see with the figure: the filecard states that he includes a rifle, which he does not, AND the webgear ammunition clips are for that not-included yet mentioned rifle. He’s going to have to lift one from somewhere…

  • Alexx

    Well, I’m replacing all my Vipers now! Stalker is awesome too, though his right hand is pretty terrible at holding things. Still, the figure is so awesome that it kinda overshadows it. I amazingly FOUND him, so I’ll be reviewing him soon as well!

  • good review

  • I was happy with my Resolute Stalker until I first saw pictures of this update. Unfortunately, he still has a hint of lazy eye; something about this sculpt must be difficult to paint.

    The Viper looks very nice, easily a thousand times better than the Anniversary version. I probably won’t get one, though; I scored 30 Neo Vipers for pennies each, and so it’s difficult for me to bring myself to troop build at $8 a pop.

  • While his neck peg is a bitter disappointment, I find it’s also an exaggerated flaw; I have captured some photos of him that show it’s possible to get something of a straight-ahead shot of him:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45848670@N02/6136264245/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45848670@N02/6088882397/in/photostream

    It helps that I like how he looks without the hat, and one must be careful to manipulate the angle somewhat, but still, he’s not a hopeless case, and the sculpt looks so damn awesome that I bought the figure twice, despite the issues with the neck peg.

  • While his neck peg is a bitter disappointment, I find it’s also an exaggerated flaw; I have captured some photos of him that show it’s possible to get something of a straight-ahead shot of him:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45848670@N02/6136264245/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45848670@N02/6088882397/in/photostream

    It helps that I like how he looks without the hat, and one must be careful to manipulate the angle somewhat, but still, he’s not a hopeless case, and the sculpt looks so damn awesome that I bought the figure twice, despite the issues with the neck peg.