Vault Review: Jazwares
A-Team Van & B.A. Baracus

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…

26 thoughts on “Vault Review: Jazwares
A-Team Van & B.A. Baracus

  1. I wanted a B.A and the van but I have yet to see one of the figures look better than okay and the van is a little pricey.

  2. Some really good pics here, it looks great! Still no luck finding it around here.
    From the sound of things, the sounds are pretty much useless. Wish they’d left ’em out and just priced the van more cheaply.

    1. That probably would have been better. Even just dropping the price by $5 would have helped them sell.

  3. Great pics. Do you have any more pics of the slider side with the sliding door closed? Thanks.

    1. I didn’t even realized I didn’t show that side lol. I’ll get that up for you.

  4. I passed on these the other day. They’re okay, but they’re just not good enough.

    I love the sticker on the door to remind you it’s not broken. LOL

  5. I think I prefer your A-Team better.

    I really want to pick up the van, but the price is dissuading me for now. Vault, are you okay with those bull bars leaning forward a bit? It seems like they should be straight up and down.

    Also, I’m a bit sad to see that no one recognizes that B.A. Baracus is being portrayed by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, one of my favorite MMA/UFC fighters. He took the role due to fond memories of watching A-Team with his dad. Even sadder is that he lost his latest fight this past weekend by decision…

    1. Thanks, I like my A-Team better too, lol.

      I don’t mind the bull bars leaning so far forward as long as gravity doesn’t make them horizontal in the long run.

  6. Yeah, I’m not into wrestling/ufc, so I really don’t care who’s playing BA as long as he looks alright playing the part and he can act.

    Man, I was thinking (like everyone else) of making this into the old-school Punisher van, but this one is too awesome-looking, to be honest! Frank’s van was very plain (but deadly!), BA’s van is frikkin’ sweet, add a laser-cannon on a rail around the roof and it’ll be even better xD

    Toy of the Year right here! Better than any dumb MOTUC fig. (*raises main deflectors* xD) I like the vehicle’s sound effects, just wish you could choose what noise to play at will, like on Leader-class Brawl.

  7. @orionpax – I had no idea Rampage’s intentions were so noble. A lot of these UFC dudes seem to be chomping at the bit to get into a movie. Hope he does better than Couture.

    I remember watching the A-team when I was a wee lad. But I hadn’t watched an episode in probably 20 years until just recently. I laughed so hard I almost pissed myself. It was completely absurd! They get involved in gunfights with fully automatic weapons and things are blowing up everywhere, yet no one gets hurt. They just detain the badguys Scooby-Doo style at the end of the show. LMAO! God, you have to love the ’80s!

    1. Yeah, Rampage has had a slightly checkered past, but he’s a very intriguing individual. (Interestingly, he’s stated that he regrets doing the movie, due to how the Fox studio treated him.) Bottom line, these guys might love fighting and are high-level athletes, but are well-advised to seek something like a movie role, that can pay them an income later in life. A LOT of pro careers end before they’re supposed to, in any sport. But it is VERY true that “fighters think they can act, and actors think they can fight.”

  8. I can’t wait for the van in my mind it’s the main character and BA is 2nd! Ship it bbts!!!

  9. Photos… to… hard… to… resist…! D@mn you, Adventurevault!!! D@mn you to heck!!! Because of you, BA and van now graces our toy shelf!

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