Monday, 13 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Jazwares A-Team - Lynch (CIA Agent)

The A-Team was perhaps one of the biggest franchises and TV shows of the 1980s, running for 5 seasons and getting a slew of merchandising, as well as making stars out of the cast. There were numerous attempts to make reboots and relaunches over the years, however, none were really able to get off the ground. That was until Joe Carnahan released his 2010 reboot, which was an action comedy.

Lynch was released with the first and only wave of figures in spring of 2010, to coincide with the release of the movie. Lynch comes on the same explosion card as the other figures in the series, The rest of the card is made up of cardboard inserts of the A-TEAM logo and his name card, which features a picture of him from the movie.

The back of the card is the same as everyone else. It's the bane of having budget line figures which recycle the same uniform cards, just swapping the bubble. A bio card would have been nice. The middle of the card has the updated version of the classic A-Team introduction. At the bottom is all the trademarking, licensing and copyright information.

Taking Lynch out of his bubble, we can see the main tray is split in half. The entire left side is where the cardboard A-TEAM logo would go. Underneath the figure is where the name plate and character picture would go. Inside the tray, we have the Lynch figure and his accessories, a Glock 19 pistol and M4 Carbine assault rifle. The M4 is shared with B.A., Murdock and Face. The Glock is shared between all figures.

Lynch stands around 4 inches tall, like the other figures, putting him in the same scale as Star Wars and GI Joe. The facial sculpt is based off his actor, Patrick Wilson and yes, does somewhat resemble the actor, even though it's a cheaper sculpt. The outfit is a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up, kevlar vest, cargo pants and desert combat boots. Most of the shirt is obscured by the vest, but there are wrinkles where it's rolled up and the cargo pants do have wrinkles in them too. He's articulated in the neck, shoulders, biceps, wrists, hips and knees. The outfit is based on his scenes in Iraq.

This line had some potential and I was able to get a complete set of 5 at clearance retail. The sculpts are pretty reasonable for a budget line, same for articulation. My main problems with the line is that the figures are fragile and broke very easily. The fact the figures are modeled after specific scenes and the same accessories spread across the entire line didn't help matters

The line ultimately failed when the movie flopped at the box office and home video sales. The line was quickly liquidated and collectors snapped them up at clearance prices, meaning they vanished pretty quickly from store shelves. This means that carded examples are generally going for about £30-45 on the secondary market.