Ah, the days before Hasbro realized they could simply add Sgt. or Agent to the beginning of a character name to sidestep the whole lost name rights issue. I also dearly love the outright goofy names that they came up with instead. Sidetrack? What is he, the easily distracted Joe who often goes off topic in briefings?
So yeah, it’s pretty much Ambush done up in that weird marbelized plastic of the “collectors edition” series. On the positive side, the Ambush accessories are present, including the camouflage netting, so you can still have him hide away from all your other Joes.
I suppose if you missed out on the original Ambush, this one would do as a stand-in, even though according to the file card, it’s not meant to represent the same individual. Speaking of the file cards, the 2000’s bios sure didn’t read as well as the vintage versions. This one leaves a lot to be desired in the subtlety department.
In the end, Sidetrack is a same-but-different kind of guy. The hair color is different, but hey, the Joes had a few members who hit the dye pot at some point (I’m looking at you, Hawk and Low Light).