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

The A-Team van is probably one of the most recognizable vehicles to come out of Hollywood. What kid doesn’t want to have their figures driving around, saving the day, in this swanky ride? It’s right up there with the General Lee, Ecto-1, and the Batmobile.

The van itself looks very close to the original TV show version even though it’s for the movie. There’s the signature red stripe, the spoiler on the back, a sun roof, the exterior sun visor, the bull bars on front with fog lights and even a molded wench. There’s also a red GMC logo and a sticker for the back license plate that says RANGR 75. There’s another detail that most toy replicas leave out; the top of the van, above the red stripe, is colored in dark gun metal gray. Most other toy replicas mistakenly color this area black.

The van, its doors, and spoiler, are all made of hard plastic. Everything else like the mirrors, bull bars, visor, and exhaust are all done in a very rubbery soft plastic. This doesn’t bother me, but over time certain parts like the bull bars might warp due to gravity. One part I really do like is that even though the wheels are hard plastic, the tires are rubbery, so it gives off a semi-authentic feel.

The only doors that open are the driver, passenger, and the sliding door on the passenger’s side. The front two doors don’t open all the way, similar to a real vehicle’s. I really wish they would open further, so you could place the figures inside a little easier though. The sliding door is a little strange. There is a track for it to slide on, but it comes off easier than it slides. It’s actually better to just place the door where you want it then to slide it. Continue to Page 3…

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

  • 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.

  • Drunken Fist

    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.

    • AdventureVault

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

  • Matt K

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

  • Adrian

    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

  • orionpax636

    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…

    • AdventureVault

      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.

  • DrNightmare

    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.

  • 3B

    @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!

    • AdventureVault

      lol, the ’80s were crazy. It was all explosions and helicopters.

    • orionpax636

      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.”

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  • Er0k26

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

  • superdadd2

    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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  • I passed on this today, but rest assured, this will be mine before too long. Great review.