Like every other popular franchise in the '80s, The A-Team produced a massive amount of licensed toys and merchandise. If you could fit an image of Mr. T on it, the marketing companies were sure to take full advantage.
And who could blame them? The show was a little boys dream! I was 6 years old when the A-Team debuted and the merchandise would be a nice piece of my childhood collection pie. Some of my collection included B.A. and Murdock figures (still have the Murdock minus an arm. I figure he pushed B.A.'s button one too many times as some point.) I had a diecast van that was just a little smaller in scale to my figures. The van had a sliding door and I remember still craming the larger figures in the back. I also still have some puffy stickers as showcased previously in my 1984 sticker album.
There was so much to choose from but I thought I'd highlight some of the best collectibles that were available during the show's original run. (Click the images to view larger.)
Galoob catalog with all the toys preserved by the PlaidStallions.com website.
"action" train sets based on '80s properties. Besides the standard electric train set, it came with other vehicles, stand-up figures, and a play mat to act out the adventure. The A-Team set featured a launcher and ramp to perform some high-flying stunts with B.A.'s van.
"Trouble Brewing" episode from season 3.) I've never owned or played the game so I'm not sure if it's as ridiculously awesome as I expect.
Book and Record Sets: Several sets were released from Peter Pan Records and Buana Vista/Disney. "The Maltese Cow" set shown above was apparently adapted from the episode of the same name.
Stickers: The '80s was perhaps the best time to be a sticker collector. There were several kinds released including puffy stickers, Lazer Blazers, and an album/sticker set. Shawn over at Branded In The 80s did an awesome job of documenting A-Team stickers.
Remember owning some other A-Team toys or merchandise? Share in the comments!
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