|Code Name: STAKEOUT|
Much like Chopper, Stakeout was based on one of the more ubiquitous Action Force moulds. The figure originated as the 1982 British Commando figure, and was used three times for the 1983/84 line - as the SAS Boat Patrol figure (Stakeout), as the carded SAS Commando (Quickfire, near-identical apart from having grey camouflage added) and the Z Force Sapper.
In the comic Stakeout (a Scouser) was SAS Force leader Eagle's right hand man, though his codename was usually ignored in favour of calling him 'Jones'. As mentioned above, Stakeout was originally sold bundled as part of the SAS Boat Patrol - basically a black tray (the convertible roof-rack part from the 1982 AF5 multi-purpose vehicle) with a gun mounted on it. It's nothing to get excited about in short, and Beaver's Silent Attack canoe puts it to shame.
The figure itself is generally nicely done. It's a decent mould and nicely detailed - the predominantly black commando togs work well for the SAS, with the bullet belts adding just the right amount of visual variety without rendering the uniform impractical for sneaking around and blowing stuff up.
Sadly, the figure's hat wears very easily, but aside from this the biggest fault is the backpack. While the straps for the figure's M60 are a neat touch, the thing just doesn't fit over the grenades moulded on the chest very well, and always seems to want to ride up. On the other hand, the M60 fits nicely in the arms, and you can always jettison the backpack entirely. On the balance, despite his faults, Stakeout is probably the best all-round SAS figure.