Best Figure I Got Last Month – 11|08
December 3, 2008

I recently rewatched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with my wife who had never seen it. I wanted her to watch this Indy movie in particular since we’ve recently spent a good amount of time watching The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (plus bonus DVD documentaries!) Watching The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones you get a more detailed look at the personality and background of Henry Jones Sr. Perhaps its for these reasons that I was very excited about the new Dr. Henry Jones action figure.

 

 

WHO: Dr. Henry Jones
WHAT: Indiana Jones Last Crusade  |  Hasbro
WHERE: Walmart
HOW: $5.44 (after having bought him at a KB Toys Outlet for nearly double that price!)

WHY: Sean Connery just doesn’t have enough action figures! Perhaps those better versed than I can embellish on this but besides some beautiful Sideshow 007 pieces, a recent Medicom Jones Sr. 12 incher, a LEGO version, and some 1965 Gilbert Bond figurines, Sir Connery has not had much action figure love. And this despite the fact that he has appeared in movies like: Time Bandits, Highlander, The Untouchables, The Hunt for Red October, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, First Knight, Dragonheart, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, (not to mention half a dozen or so Bond movies.) It took his appearance in Indiana Jones and the Lat Crusade to get him his first honest to goodness mainstream action figure. 20 years later.

 

Many of us are crying over the untimely demise of Hasbro’s 2008 Indy 3 3/4" line. Some really great figures did get out there, though, and Dr. Jones is one of the best. Yes, this is a figure of a senior citizen in a suit wearing an old guy hat. Yes, his accessories include a brief case, an umbrella, and a diary. But somehow none of that suppressed the giddiness I felt when I finally found this figure on the pegs. Hasbro has done a good job perfecting quality, unobtrusive articulation in the 3 3/4" scale figure with their last couple years worth of Star Wars figures. That quality articulation is seen in their Indy line as well. Although not a fan of excessive articulation, I do like ball-hinged shoulders, elbows, and knees. Henry’s got them. The overall sculpt is good for what this figure is representing. The head sculpt combined with subtle paint apps make for an outstanding likeness for a figure in this scale. It was important to nail it and they did. The glasses are very well done. They have clear "glass" and are removable, yet stay put when on. Well done for such a small accessory. The hat also fits well and is the right proportion.

 

 

One of my biggest regrets that comes with this line dying prematurely is that we are not going to get an Indy and Henry Sr. with motorcycle and sidecar set. What a memorable scene! No doubt it was on the drawing board. After all, the short lived line already had the German soldier motorcycle set and the Mutt Williams and motorcycle set. At least the LEGO line got to replicating this scene.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade had some great moments. My wife and I both laughed out loud during the blimp scene when Indy throws Vogel out the window and deadpans to the shocked crowd: "No ticket." Or when father and son are tied up back to back in the burning room discussing Elsa. There is this special feeling action figure collectors get when they are able to obtain miniature plastic versions of the iconic characters from their favorite movies, tv shows and comic books. Thankfully we’ve now got a damn good figure of Indy’s dad.

 

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Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
Action figure anthropologist, Professor Cantina Dan Neumann has been a scholastic contributor to the online community studying the complex world of parumplasticus populus {little plastic people} since the turn of this millenium. His primary focus is the visual cataloging of species exhibits through photo-journalism.
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4 Comments »

  • The Superfly says:

    totally agree with everything! Great article D!

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    Henry and Vogel are the coolest figures from this wave and Last Crusade remains my favorite Indy film. I’d place Henry on a Top Ten list of best figures for 2008. He certainly deserves it!

  • Jim Abell says:

    Ya know, I’d forgotten all about Dragonheart when you were asking about Connery figures. Of course the dragon looks nothing like Mr. Connery but there were three different dragons released in that line, one of which “talks”… I need to dig that out, put some batteries in it and see if it’s Connery’s voice coming out of it…

  • Hourman says:

    “Gooseshhhhtepping moronshhh like you shhhould trrry READING bookshhh inshhhtead of BURNING them!”

    Great movie and what a great and memorable character. Connery did a wonderful job breathing life into that part – an even more impressive feat when you realize that he isn’t even in the first half of the movie.

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