As a kid, I only had a tangential knowledge of the show. I remember the opening theme and Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, of course, but I can’t remember sitting down and watching it. I did have a few of the toys. I had the larger Galoob Mr. T and, for some reason, I have accessories from the 3″ line, although I have no idea who’s they are. Despite my not having a lot of fond memories, I still love the A-Team. When Jazwares announced their new movie line, I couldn’t wait to check them out.
First, I initially intended to buy all four team members (sorry Lynch, maybe you’ll get some love after the movie opens), I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Most of the likenesses are decent – like if you looking at Liam Neeson from really far away, but I couldn’t get past the paint work. You’re really going to have to look your figures over before buying them. There was actually a Face figure with the stubbly beard on just the right side of his face. The other one literally had a brown nose. Since I couldn’t buy Face and complete the team, I decided to stick with the essentials: B.A. and the Van.
Admittedly, B.A. Baracus doesn’t have that great of a paint job either, but the one I left was painted to look very sad. I chose the one with the blob of silver on his shirt. He spilled something, okay? There’s also some yellow on the back of his neck and a black dot on the lower part of his back, but they ended up not being too noticeable and I can overlook them easily. They did a great job on the tampo work though. The tattoos and the screws on his shirt are excellent. I also like the worn look on the jeans.
Aside from certain questionable paint apps, the figure itself is nicely sculpted. Ultimately, he’s just a guy in a shirt and jeans, but the sculptors still found ways to add detail. The shirt has the appropriate muscle definition and corresponding wrinkles while his jeans have sculpted stitching and the boots have sculpted laces and definition on the soles. It’s very simple, but it adds realism to the 4” sculpt.
B.A.’s articulation surprised me. From the press photos, I could tell he had a couple of decent joints, but I was amazed to find he was right up there with a GI Joe. He has ball joints at the head, hips, and ankles. There are swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, and knees. While the wrists and waist are cut joints. This gives B.A. a great range of movement, enough to pity any of your other 3 inch figures.
T comes with a rifle and a hand gun. Both are molded out of a too soft black plastic, they’re almost gummy. They both fit into either hand, but very loosely and can be knocked out easily. One thing I did like on the sculpt was that one of B.A.’s holsters was empty. It looks like it could have held the handgun had it not been molded closed. Continue to see the A-Team Van…