Sunday, 12 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Jazwares A-Team - B.A. Baracus

The A-Team was a major franchise of the 1980s. In 2010, Joe Carnahan, best known for Smokin' Aces directed an action comedy reboot.

Released in stores in the spring of 2010, this figure represents B.A. Baracus, as played by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.  The card itself features an explosion in the background. The rest has a cardboard insert that reads A TEAM and a cardboard insert that shows his name and a picture taken directly from the poster.

The back of the card features the same A-TEAM logo as the front. The middle of the card uses the new version of the classic A-Team introduction, updating it from Vietnam to 2003. Underneath that, we have the licensing, trademarks and copyright information.

Taking B.A. out of the card, we can see the tray is split in half.The left hand side is taken up solely by the large cardboard A-TEAM logo. The other half for B.A. and his accessories. In this case, he has the same Glock 19 pistol and M4 carbine that are shared with Murdock and Face. 

B.A. stands at 4 inches tall, like the other figures in the series and puts him in the same scale as GI Joe. He's articulated at the neck, shoulder, bicep, wrist, hips and knees. The facial sculpt does resemble Quinton Jackson and is probably one of the better sculpts. His outfit consists of a yellow sleeveless shirt, black shoulder harness with molded on and holstered pistols. His jeans have a white wash to them, which gives them a worn look. He has tan boots. His appearance is based on his scenes in Iraq.

His sculpt has some additional details on them. He has a STREET SOLDIER tattoo on his right bicep and a Ranger insignia tattooed on his right. They're printed on in black paint and actually do look great and are well detailed. 

The line of figures disappeared pretty quickly after being clearanced not long after the film's failure. This is the reason why they are very hard to find now, especially in complete figure sets and can set collectors back around £30 per carded figure/