UNDERWATER ASSAULT  
  Code Name: BARRACUDA  
 

SAS Force didn't necessarily follow the same model as the real SAS, including water-based units which would more accurately have been SBS types. These included Beaver, Stakeout and Barracuda.

The latter was a simple reuse of the black Frogman figure from the 1983 Action Force series, with the only minor changes beng the addition of an SAS Force insignia to the left breast and black gloves replacing the exposed hands. He was sold under the name SAS Frogman; technically the toy could have been any of the SAS Force divers, but Frenchman Barracuda was the most prominently featured in the comic.

The result is quite slick in nearly all-black, but it does leave you torn between the common sense of a stealthy frogman being dressed in all-black and the desire to make the figure a little more visually interesting - yellow strips down the arms (as per the comic) and sides might have looked good. But then they might not have.

Barracuda is nicely made, though. The aqualung is probably the most successful of the Palitoy rubber backpacks, fitting over the chest nicely and not seeming to deform quite so easily as some of the others. The legs do seem closer together and thinner than others in the range, presumably to make swimming/diving poses look more realistic though he balances better with flippers. It's one of the cheaper SAS Force toys, though, and while it lacks the dynamism of something like the 25th Anniversary Torpedo (obviously), it's still a nicely-done figure.

Action Force Barracuda
Action Force Barracuda
Action Force Barracuda
Action Force Barracuda