Hasbro Indiana Jones Adventure Series (Ark of the Covenant Build-an-Artifact) Wave Review and Images

by ToyFarce
May 24, 2023

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means: ToyFarce review!

This week, we're having a look at the first wave of Indiana Jones Adventure Series from Hasbro. Finally, we are getting nice 7" Indiana Jones figures. Yaay! 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?!







Marion Ravenwood, 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.




Sallah, 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!




René Belloq, 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?

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