Thursday, July 26, 2018

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together



Well...It was inevitable...


It started with B.A. Baracus, went on to "Howling Mad" Murdock to naturally the remaining two, Hannibal and Face. I love it when a plan comes together.

Keeping in time with the Murdock figure I picked up, it made more sense to just get the figures on card to ensure they had all of their accessories. At roughly $30.00 per carded figure and the same amount loose / complete, why not? I'll honestly probably go back to ebay and track down a brand new B.A. just to get one with tight knee joints - Or a loose / incomplete one with tight joints. Haven't decided yet how I'll tackle this.

Until then, let's have a closer look at these two.


Distressed packages, but still showing all that great detail. I also noticed the back of the package was different that that of the one I got with Murdock. While that one showed the four team members, this one for Hannibal shows the vehicles, playset and villains.


Let's tear him open and have a closer look.


The sculpt passes for George Peppard, but I honestly wouldn't know who it was if I had no clue about the toy line. I'm also not too keen on the blemish on the back of the jacket when the figure was fresh out of the package.


Like all the other figures, he comes with a handful of accessories. Because I've honed my skills on putting these together for this line I was able to do so relatively quickly. However, much like the blemish, or perhaps even more so than it, I was really annoyed to find the top handle of the M-60 was broken in the package. You can't see it in the photo below, but I assure you, it's broken.


All of these downers aside, it's a solid figure. P.S. you can see the broken handle in the first photo below.





I do have to say, I find it interesting how Galoob put a ton of detail into B.A.'s tool box with all the tiny bits and pieces and then skimped out on this with the accessories on the backpacks for the remaining characters. All of their accessories are sculpted in place. The ones in particular on Hannibal's pack would have been fun to play with - Especially if the figure came with a launcher to fire them out of.



On to Face.


I ended up getting this one relatively cheap because the package looks like it's been chewed on and ripped apart. Not a problem for me since all the pieces were confirmed to be there and I was going to be opening it.

I also noted it too had a different card back from that of Hannibal and Murdock. This one not only included all four members, but also Amy Allen.


Face, unlike Hannibal, doesn't pass as a decent sculpt of the character.


One thing I didn't notice when buying this figure (and which may have contributed to its lower price) was the blue gash like line down the left side of his face.


Again there were the accessories which I took to putting together like a champ.


I call "bull" on the uzi which is supposed to perfectly fit in the figure's right hand. There is no way that large grip is fitting through that teeny tiny hole in his fist. I don't care what the picture from the package shows.


Told ya so...


...Not even close.

Oh well, let's have a look at him from all sides decked out.





Overall, I like the figures from this line. However, I have to be honest and say I'm not a fan of the accessories. Weapons which don't fit in their hands and backpacks for the sake of having backpacks don't do it for me. It would have been somewhat better if the team had a van produced for them. This way they could at least be displayed (or played with) in that fashion. Unfortunately Galoob only produced one for the 3 3/4 inch line. It's as if the larger figures were an afterthought. This is all the more sadder because the 5 1/2 inch line at least attempted to look like The A-Team while the smaller ones looked like generic / off brand G.I. Joe figures.

Buyer's remorse? Yeah, kind of. A little anyway. But that won't stop me from displaying them for the next however many years I've got left.

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9 comments:

  1. I think my cousin had the smaller line. And I hear you on accessories that can't be held -- that really ruined Playmates' Darkwing Duck figure for me.

    As for loose knees, I hear a little nail polish remover is good for tightening joints. =)

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    1. Thanks for the tip on the nail polish remover. I'll have to Google that to see if there are any videos.

      Accessories that don't fit in the hands are useless.

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    2. Floor polish also works, apparently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R28igxg_FCY

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  2. Don't let this distract you from the fact that in 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

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    1. You know, I heard a rumor about that...

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  3. The blogger is really a funny person, these equipments are too complete, interesting

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