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This week, we're having a look at the first wave of Indiana Jones Adventure Series
. Finally, we are getting nice 7" Indiana Jones
This first wave is focusing on the Raiders of the Lost Ark
movie, with the Ark of the Covenant
as the "Build-an-Artifact
", and each figure comes with a piece of it.
First, the main character, Indiana Jones
, as portrayed by Harrison Ford
. Holding that figure in your hand is just so cool... He comes with a bunch of accessories: 4 extra hands
, his whip
(loose or rolled
), his satchel
, a gun
, the idol
from the iconic scene with the giant boulder, and 2 pieces of the Ark of the Covenant
. The likeness is really good, the figure has a decent amount of articulation (even if nO DoUbLe eLbOw oR DoUbLe kNeEs
). My only issue with it is that it is a pain in the butt to attach the whip on his belt, as it's a rubbery peg to put in a tiny hole that can't even hold it... Hopefully, this will be solved in future releases. Also, no snakes?!
, played by Karen Allen
, is a necessary figure for any Raiders of the Lost Ark
set. This figure is not amazing, but not terrible either. She comes with a pan
and a monkey
(there has to be a joke somewhere in there...
), and a piece of the Ark
. The large puffy pants do not really look great in plastic form. The likeness is a bit off. I wish there was a peg on her shoulder (or in the back) to hold the monkey, who tends to fall off a lot.
, played by John Rhys-Davies
, is another mandatory figure for any set from the first film. He has the look of when he helps Indiana Jones to find the Ark. He comes with rope
, a shovel
and pieces of the Ark
. The likeness to the actor is not great, but there is something. I hope we'll get the Last Crusade look with the fez later on! Bad dates...
The mischievous Major Arnold Toht
, as portrayed by Ronald Lacey, is a fun one. He comes with an extra head
(the melting one. Yep!
), an extra hand
(the one with the scar
), a hat
, a gun
and his pieces of the Artifact
. It's pretty wild that we have the melting head
! Great likeness too! His jacket hinders the articulations a lot, but it is removable and he's wearing a suit under it. As long as the pose where he shows his scarred hand can be achieved, it's all good!
, played by Paul Freeman
; in his ceremonial outfit from the end of the movie, comes with his staff
and the last pieces of the Ark
. The likeness is close enough. It is pretty wild to have those updated, improved version of the vintage figures in hand in 2023. They are really fun.
Finally, the Build-an-Artifact Ark of the Covenant
, which looks awesome, and I bet we'll see it in a ton of toy photography. It's pretty light also, so the figures can carry it easily. Only open it if you dare...
More news at 11:00... Snakes! Why'd it have to be snakes?