Indiana Jones IV Set To Begin Production
December 30, 2006

After more than a decade of development, the probably final Indiana Jones movie will begin production in 2007.  According to the LA Times, [Director George Lucas said Friday that filming for the much-anticipated "Indiana Jones" movie will begin next year, and he promised it will be "the best one yet." Lucas said he and director Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script, which stars Harrison Ford, who appeared in the three earlier flicks. "It’s going to be fantastic. It’s going to be the best one yet," the 62-year-old filmmaker said during an interview at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, where he took a break from his duties as grand marshal for the Rose Parade. While Lucas kept mum about the plot, he promised the latest action flick will be a "character piece" that will include "very interesting mysteries." "I think it’s going to be really cool," Lucas said.]

While fans have questioned Lucas’ judgement following the less than perfect Star Wars prequel scripts,  it should be noted that even though he killed the (supposedly great) previous script draft by Frank Darabont and commissioned the new one from Spielberg favorite David Koepp he has also saved us all from bad scripts before: Chris Columbus’ 1985 try at Indy III and Jeb Stuart’s 1993 try at Indy IV. In addition to the impending film, the Indiana Jones brand has recently been feted in a special 25th Anniversary issue of Empire magazine, and LucasArts is developing a killer game for 2007 to whet the appetites of Indy followers everywhere.

The big question in everyones mind is: who will make the toys, and when will they appear? Hasbro gained the option to make toys of Indiana Jones (along with Willow, Tucker(!) and of course Star Wars) back in 1997 but has barely used that option (just making a few GI JOE Indy’s for Disney World and letting a smaller company make some bad figures for the Parks), ostensibly waiting for the 4th film to arrive so they can then create a line encompassing all the films, games, comics, and books. This has blocked the smaller toy companies like NECA and Sideshow from giving collectors a toyline while the world waits on George. Still, with Hasbro at the helm fans may get lucky and be rewarded for their patience with the same treatment that Hasbro is giving the Marvel license: Indiana Jones Battle Packs, a 3 3/4" figure line, a 12" collector line, Titanium figures and vehicles, and on and on. Only time will tell- odds are whatever is going to happen will first appear at Toy Fair 2008…and maybe a tiny sneak peak at 2007 San Diego Comic Con. But for now, here’s a look at what fans had to content themselves with 25 year ago:


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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