Indiana Jones Sneak Preview Day 1
April 27, 2008

As excitment for the latest Indiana Jones adventure grows – toy fans will get their Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull fix several weeks earlier with the May 1st release of Hasbro’s newest figures and vehicles based on the new and classic movies. Rather than concentrating on the action figures, I’m going to preview a few of the great deluxe sets and vehicles from this upcoming line.

Indiana Jones and the Jungle Pitfall Deluxe Set

Based on the first five minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark, this nifty little "don’t call me a playset" is a great stride forward for the line and helps distinguish it from its Star Wars cousin. The set is packed with lots of great sculpted details – from the grimacing Peruvian sculptures to the skulls impaled onto the dangerous (ok, not really as they are made of safe rubber) spikes. Even the backside of the set is sculpted which I appreciated. It also comes with a whole mess of rubber cobras and asps as if plummeting to your doom on a pit of spikes wasn’t deadly enough!

The set comes with a basic Indiana Jones figure and although he sports limited articulation (8 pts) and doesn’t look too much like Harrison Ford, he does comes with a pistol and a whip. See that little loop? It’s the secret behind the set’s key action feature – the Swing to Safety!

By looping the whip onto the tab on the tree and rotating the tree around (with a simple push on the lower tree branch), Indy is able to swing himself over the pit to safety…

…Or fall to his death with a press of a button! (It’s just too much fun not too!)

The best part of this set is this little tab here. It allows the Temple Pitfall set to be linked together with the Golden Idol deluxe set (sold seperately) – creating a longer diorama/enviroment/(dare I say it) playset. I hope Hasbro continues with this idea a creates environments based on classic locations from the other movies – something that figure fans have long been asking for.

In summation? While the Indiana Jones figure doesn’t sport as much articulation or an accurate likeness as some of the other figures in the line, I was still pleasantly surprised with this one. My four year old son gravitated towards this set and after opening it and playing with him, I can see why. The nifty looking diorama and action features make this deluxe set well worth picking up.

More Indiana Jones previews to come tomorrow!

Scott Rogers
Soctt "Boneyard" Rogers has been collecting toys, making custom action figures and reading comic books since before many of you were a twinkle in yore daddy's eye. Needless to say, he knows a fair bit about all of this stuff and definitely has some opinions about it. He also makes video games when he's not looking for toys, making custom action figures and reading comics books.
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1 Comment »

  • MisterPL says:

    Though I’ve recently limited my collecting to what I consider to be “definitive” versions of my favorite characters, passing on ANY Indiana Jones 3 3/4″ figures is going to be tough, particularly sets like this.

    This is the type of set that I would have spent hours playing with outside. Find a nice spot in the backyard to represent a South American jungle and stash the playset out there for Indy to discover. Cue John Williams’ score.

    I love that these sets are modular, giving consumers an opportunity to expand the environments as they collect. I still think this is the best way to offer a Death Star from Star Wars; one scene at a time.

    Bottom line: It’s a good time to be a 3 3/4″ figure collector.

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