Saturday, 11 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Jazwares A-Team - Hannibal

The A-Team was perhaps one of the biggest TV shows of the 1980s. It's mix of action, drama and suspense thrilled audiences while managing to remain family friendly and give positive messages. It made stars out if it's cast, so it's no surprise that a movie had been in development since the end of the series. The first major blow to the movie came in the form of George Peppard's death, which prevented the original cast returning. Throughout the 2000s, many rumours surfaced about a possible reboot of the franchise with names like The Rock as BA and Brendan Fraser as Face, but this was just internet spin. However, in 2010, Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) released his take on the franchise, in the form of an action comedy. It wasn't long until there was a marketing campaign and even an action figure line, made by Jazwares.

By late spring of 2010, the first wave of figures had leaked onto store shelves, retailing for $6 a piece or £4.50 for the UK crowd. Jazwares was well known for making budget action figures. The card front is quite colourful for a budget figure. We have a large explosion in the background, with the A-TEAM movie logo on the left hand side. Underneath the figure in the bubble, we have a little insert with the character's name and a shot from the movie.

The back of the card is the same for all figures. It features the A-Team logo in the upper left and then the classic blurb from the TV series, just updated for the movie. It was read at the end of the movie by Corey Burton. On the bottom of the card, we have all the trademarking and licensing information.

The figure has a large bubble and most of the packaging was cardboard inserts. The figure itself takes up around half the card, Inside the tray, we have the figure itself and the two weapons it comes with, In this instance, a Glock 19 pistol and Ruger Mini 14 rifle, which was the trademark weapon of the A-Team in the 80s TV series.

The figure itself is based on Hannibal's look at the start of the movie, where he escapes from Tuco's men and rescues Face from Tuco and his men. The face sculpt is a little off, it's supposed to be based on Liam Neeson, but it looks like a mix of Neeson and Peppard. Some have said the head looks like it's sculpted out of chewing gum. The figure is articulated in the neck, shoulders, bicep, wrist, hips and knees. The sculpt itself is well detailed. The denim shirt has the sleeves rolled up and there are some wrinkles in it. The shoulder holster even has a gun missing. The tan cargo pants have wrinkles in them too.

Due to the fragile nature of the figures, as well as the poor sculpting, they were largely panned by collectors. They were also clearanced very quickly by stores after the movie had performed poorly, causing the sequel to be cancelled and the second wave of figures to be shelved too. Due to this, the figures now command high value on the secondary market. Carded figures usually sell for around £30 ($45-50). So if you want these, be prepared to pay for them.