27 April 2009

"Indiana Jones" by Hasbro



Sadly, this line wasn't well supported last year and has since died a premature death.  Why did it fail?  Many theorize it was because the target audience of action figures--young boys, say 6 to 12 years of age--were not interested in the three prior Indiana Jones movies (and thus ignored many of the characters Hasbro made into figures), and while last year's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sequel made a lot of money, it wasn't particularly popular.  As a toy line, many of the characters were boring to look at (unlike, say, Star Wars or comic book-based characters).

I can say, though, that I think the greatest problem with the line was that its release was bottlenecked.  The shelves stayed the same at every retailer I saw.  There were plenty of the first assortment, containing figures from 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark and the aforementioned Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  That's all.  I never once saw any of the subsequent figures from the Temple of Doom or Last Crusade.  It didn't help that the paint jobs on the first batch were sporadic and shoddy, which I think discouraged many would-be collectors who never took a second look at the subsequent revised versions.

Anyway, for those who are interested in a rundown of produced and released 3 3/4" scale product, here they are (were):

INDIANA JONES
BASIC ACTION FIGURES
40074 Marion Ravenwood - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40075 Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40076 Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40077 Cairo Swordsman - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40080 Sallah - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40081 Rene Belloq - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40082 German Soldier - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40083 Monkey Man - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40591 Russian Soldier - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40592 Ugha Warrior - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40594 Colonel Dovchenko - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40595 Irina Spalko - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40597 Mutt Williams - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40598 Mutt Williams - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40599 Indiana Jones - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40604 Indiana Jones - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40661 Indiana Jones - Last Crusade
40662 Henry Jones - Last Crusade
40663 Dr. Elsa Schneider - Last Crusade
40664 Young Indy - Last Crusade
40665 Grail Knight - Last Crusade
40666 Colonel Vogel - Last Crusade
40679 Cemetery Warrior - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40765 Indiana Jones - Temple of Doom
40782 Chief Temple Guard - Temple of Doom
40788 Short Round - Temple of Doom
40790 Willie Scott - Temple of Doom
40824 Temple Guard - Temple of Doom
40834 Mola Ram - Temple of Doom

MAIL AWAY REDEMPTION
45027 Crystal Skeleton with Throne - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

DELUXE ACTION FIGURES 
40472 Indiana Jones with Horse - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40473 German Soldier with Motorcycle - Last Crusade
40490 Indiana Jones with Temple Trap - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40491 Indiana Jones with Temple Pitfall - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40610 Mutt Williams with Motorcycle - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
40710 Indiana Jones with Ark - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40712 German Soldiers - Last Crusade
40713 Marion Ravenwood & Cairo Henchman - Raiders of the Lost Ark
47385 Cairo Thugs - Raiders of the Lost Ark

VEHICLES 
40099 Cargo Truck - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40460 Troop Car - Raiders of the Lost Ark
40461 Jungle Cutter - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Toys "R" Us Exclusive)
46750 Cargo Truck - Raiders of the Lost Ark

PLAYSETS 
46035 The Lost Temple of Akator Playset - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Lost Temple of Akator Playset - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [bonus figures]

BATTLE PACKS (Target Exclusive) 
84530 Tank Showdown - Last Crusade (Professor Henry Jones, Indiana Jones, Colonel Vogel, German Soldiers)
84693 Cairo Ambush - Raiders of the Lost Ark (Marion Ravenwood, Indiana Jones, Monkey Man, Cairo Thugs)
89850 Jungle Chase - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Mutt Williams, Indiana Jones, Irina Spalko, Colonel Dovchenko, Russian Soldier)

COMMEMORATIVE DVD 3-PACK (Walmart) 
78793 Set 1 of 2 - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Mutt Williams with Sword, Indiana Jones with Crystal Skull, Irina Spalko)
84430 Set 2 of 2 Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Mutt Williams with Snake, Indiana Jones with RPG, Colonel Dovchenko)

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