Night Force Sneak Peek (1988)
Odd is an appropriate one word descriptive term for Sneak Peek. It’s quite an unassuming figure. The sculpt is on the chunky side, both in the face and torso. The overall design seems like it would be more applicable to another laser trooper, with its padded upper body.
The accessories are another source of oddness. While the idea of a specialist in advanced information gathering is interesting, the execution of his gear leaves me dumbfounded. I have never been able to figure out how (or if) Sneak Peek is supposed to hold his periscope-like viewer. The package art shows his hand wrapped around it in a way that’s just not possible with vintage articulation. His other accessories aren’t bad, and I rather like his binoculars and radio, which can handily hang on his waist clip. Thankfully, he also gets a weapon, the same M-16 carried by Footloose. I often wondered why these high tech Joes sometimes got shafted in armaments. He’s definitely equipped to defend himself should he be discovered while on a mission.
Sneak Peek got his fair share of repaint love, appearing here as a member of Night Force as well as the UK/European Tiger Force. Where I always found the original paint job to be rather boring, I really like the Night Force version. The night fighter concept also meshes well with his specialty.
Finally, there’s the name thing. The story goes that he’s named after the son of horror writer Stephen King, a fan of GI Joe. Funny thing about the file cards, even in cases of figures being named after real people, the disclaimer still read at the bottom of the cardback, “the name ____ does not identify and known person, living or dead.”