In what could only be called a massive disappointment, Hasbro launched a new line of action figures based on characters from the Indiana Jones movies last year. The manufacturer was disappointed in lackluster sales that quickly resulted in retailers pulling their support. Collectors who enjoyed the toys were disappointed in the line’s quick demise. Others were simply disappointed in the figures themselves, seeing them as substantially inferior to other lines in the 3¾" scale. Count me among that final group. While my local Wal-Mart can’t seem to give these away at $1.00 each, I found a way to actually make use of something from this now defunct line.
Out making the rounds on the first night these were unloaded from delivery trucks in my area, I wanted to like them. At the very least, I was going to pick up an Indiana Jones for my collection. Upon seeing them in person, however, I couldn’t bring myself to buy any of it. Sloppy paint applications ruined what looked like decent sculpts shown in photos from Hasbro’s display at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con. The final result was a selection of Indiana Jones figures that bore no resemblence to the actor whose likeness they were intended to capture, and they certainly didn’t live up to what I have come to expect from Hasbro. It’s not like this was the company’s first attempt at producing a figure based on Harrison Ford. What started off with so much potential ended up being something I still won’t collect for a buck.
But then came the G.I. JOE Collectors’ Convention in Dallas last July, and I spotted a Cobra cargo truck (as seen here). AFI forum member Primetime told me it was one of Hasbro’s customs, a repaint of the truck from the Indiana Jones line. It was intriguing, and when Target cut the prices of the Indy toys late last year, I bought one of them to bring home for a paint job. Mine is a bit different from Hasbro’s effort shown at JoeCon, but here’s the final product. Oh, and please excuse my total lack of artistic ability.
I took apart the truck, painted the chasis blue, used some silver on the "metal" pieces and the wheels, and then went back over that with some black to make it look worn. I also painted the gray tires black and then used some brown to give them a dirty appearance. Put it all back together, add some Cobra decals from ReproLabels.com and these Cobra crates submitted by HELLJESTER on JoeDios, and voilà! You’re ready to roll. Of course, I did have two extra screws when I was finished, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Hopefully my Cobra Troopers will treat it better than Dr. Jones did in Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
So although the Indiana Jones line isn’t even something I’d want to collect for a dollar, I did manage to get something out of it. Now I wish I had bought two of these when they were on sale, but I haven’t seen another one at retail for months. Never know what you have until it’s gone. But if you collect other 3¾" lines and want something different for your displays, try some of the Indiana Jones vehicles and accessories, especially now that the prices are so low.