ENGINEERING  
  Code Name: TRACKER  
 

This figure was really intended to be the basic Z Force trooper, but in the Battle Action Force comic at some point the character model was switched with that of the Z Force Sapper, meaning this chap became the unit's sapper, code-named Tracker (not to be confused with the G.I. Joe character of the same name, who like seeming every post-1987 Joe was just an idiot in a sports shirt and is only really notable for his stupid death at the hands of the Fake Red Shadows in Devil's Due's comic series).

While he was technically a sapper, Tracker actually seemed to spend more time working as a sniper, and was rather a cool character, hence me choosing to follow the comic's naming style rather than that of the card back. The same mould was used with minimal changes (the pouches on the outside of the hips were red instead of black) for Wheels, driver of the Z-Force Jeep.

The mould was one of the few 1983/84 toys to use a new head cast (I think the rest of him is taken from the 1982 Ground Assault figure), and was slightly recoloured (red hip pouches) as Wheels, driver of the Z Force Jeep. The head is very nice - a Breaker-style cap with goggles cover by a hood that blends nicely into the shoulders. It's a shame (if obviously understandable) that they didn't give him the 'present arms' pose as it would have worked nicely with a sniper rifle, but at least the straight arms Palitoy did go with come with a small semi machine-gun that doesn't look silly held at arms' length. As with Skip, he originally came with a grappling hook and some string that the figure really can't make much use of.

Tracker looks great, and even the troublesome backpack works on him - it still rides up a little, but at least the torso is largely smooth and the thing fits on evenly. He's probably my favourite of the 'straight arm' Z Force figures, and the overall neat look makes him a recommended purchase.



Action Force Tracker
Action Force Tracker
Action Force Tracker
Action Force Tracker