|Code Name: SKIP|
Despite his uninspiring codename, Skip (or Grant Campbell) was a pretty cool character in the Battle Action Force comic. Z-Force were the bread-and-butter of Action Force, so he lacked the special ops kudos of the SAS Force characters, but he still came off as a pretty decent soldier. In the comic he was the unit's commanding officer, though in the action figure series Skip was superseded by the mail-in Commander.
The Z Force Captain figure he was promoting is a repaint of the 1982 British Marine/2 Para figure, and in context of the 1983-1984 line it works nicely by dint of not looking much like anything else (this was the only use of the mould in the 83/84 range), while at the same time fitting very nicely with most of the other Z Force figures.
He basically looks like a British Paratrooper, albeit with more black on the camo, but it's not a bad look at all. The moulded webbing and pouches work better than Palitoy's rather clumsy rubber backpacks (Skip is one of the few single figures from the range not to be packed with one), even if the rear ones impede the figure's ability to sit in many of the line's vehicles. He can still manage it, but just not very smoothly and is given to falling out or off.
Even the rifle's good, just the right size for the arm layout without lumbering the figure with a heavy calibre weapon - though what exactly such a rigid figure is really meant to do with the grappling hook and string also included is anyone's guess. Still, Skip is a fine figure (if a little straight-laced), and well worth looking at. He can generally be found cheaply too - paint chipping is the only likely problem, while the climbing gear can be ignored and the rifle easily subbed for.