|Code Name: MUTON|
Mutons were apparently indestructible (though Action Force generally found a way) robots developed by Baron Ironblood, which always proved very effective when deployed, to the point where you wondered why he bothered with troopers at all.
Now, there's a fair chance anyone who was growing up in the 1980s and didn't follow Action Force has a look of recognition and thoughts along the lines of "So that's what he was!" right now. Because Mutons were seemingly made in massive quantities, and most of them ended up in various budget shops years after the Palitoy series finished, making him an ubiquitous stocking filler - I remember being given one as late as 1989. This means even now the figure can be found carded for about a fiver, or loose for about half of that.
It's a bit of a shame, then, that it's not a great figure. Despite the trio of hardpoints and sci-fi accessories, its' origins as the 1983 Action Force Deep Sea Diver are all too obvious, while it strays a little too far from the Red Shadows colour scheme to really work. On the other hand, the transparent crosshairs sight is pretty neat.
The Muton is cheap and cheerful, but ultimately looks too much like a chap in a diving suit with some mad headgear to really convince. He's not going to break the bank and can be a nice cheap nostalgia hit, but at the same time there's nothing to really get excited about in the long run.