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Indiana Jones Valentine's Day Cards
05/01/09, 10:54am EST

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Valentines cards set.
Yes, Christmas 2008 was only a week ago, and New Years' Day 2009 is barely over so what does that mean? Yes, its time for stores to stock up on the next big holiday... VALENTINE'S DAY! For the Indyfan that means for the first time you can send that someone special a sentiment associated with Indiana Jones. Rather than tread on uncertain ground in a new relationship by sending a bullwhip with a bow on it, play it safe with a card. This year you can do that with style -- Indiana Jones style that is, as the first appearance of Indiana Jones Valentine Day cards have surfaced.

So stop taking down holiday lights and get moving to your local card shop and get some Indy sweetheart cards. Then again, you can do a Mola Ram and give your honey a heart -- but go for a chocolate one!

Thanks to Jimmy Hayes at The Raven forum board for digging these up.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Review of Tomb of the Gods Issue #3
06/01/09, 12:51pm EST

preview at DarkHorse.com
Issue #4 preview.
"How much of human life is wasted by waiting?" That question was posed by Indy's University of Chicago classmate and one time possessor of the Crystal Skull of Akator, Harold Oxley as he watched his adventuring friend marry his longtime sweetheart, Marion Ravenwood. However, that sentiment has also been shared by the legions of Indyfans who have anxiously awaited the third issue of Indiana Jones comic book adventure by Rob Williams and Steve Scott. Well, thankfully a Christmas present arrived a day early when on December 24th the latest part of Indy's search for the Tomb of the Gods hit the shelves at my local comic shop, Alternate Universe.

Was it worth the wait? Does Sallah like camels?

When we last our hero he was clinging to what was left of a boat in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific alongside the femme fatale... Janice (I know it doesn't have the same sound of a James Bond girl, maybe her middle name is "softbottom" or something exotic). The two are in the thick of it as they struggle not to become shark bait, and Indy being the quickest thinker this side of MacGyver, knows how to get out of it. Just give him a lighter and a ladies blouse and he can get you of anything. Wait, did I say a ladies blouse? Well, maybe Mr. Williams knows how to keep the reader's attention, as does the fine art of Steve Scott. Though I do have to admit being distracted by the depictions of the various sharks, one looks massive, more than a standard "Jaws" 25 footer -- more like a 50 footer! Then there is the use of the "air shark" image that has appeared on every ad for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week specials to a National Geographic Kids special on Great Whites that leap out of the water. By confronting giant Great White Sharks Indy has met another Spielbergian creature. In Skull it was "aliens", what's next a demonically driven tanker truck or the fat kid who could roll like a ball from Hook? But I digress and creep into the land of fanboy nitpicking.

The story has its moments, like Marcus saving the day -- you know maybe he could have gone after the Ark himself if he was the man he was years earlier. The language is sometimes saltier than the ocean Indy and Janice find themselves in (that last comment is probably from me just being a Dad with kids who want to read the latest Indiana Jones comic), and would definitely warrant a slap from Henry Jones, Senior, if he was along for this adventure. As for the rest of issue #3, throw in the famed dotted line map for a trip towards the frozen Siberian Coast, a few dogsled chases, ice bridges, and the final piece of the map that will lead Indy and the Nazis to the gates of the Tomb of the Gods and this issue moves along to a cliff-hanging conclusion (naturally).

Like I said, this issue was eagerly anticipated and aside from some of the distractions in the artwork; its a good read -- far more enjoyable than some of the other Dark Horse Indy comic series from about ten years ago and any of the Marvel run (except for the John Byrne written and drawn first two issues, and the Howard Chaykin issue that featured Marion and her New York City night club called "The Raven") -- but I do have to say that the interminable long pauses in publishing have effected the stories momentum.

What was so special about this comic series was that it returned Indy to his prime, and set him back into the era fans first came to know and love the character against the very villains that made us stand up and cheer for him to defeat. Yet, the excitement of "what happens next" tends to be forgotten when there are several months in-between. In fact I had to dig up the last issue to refresh my memory on just where and what Indy was up to, or rather into as the case maybe before I started reading the third issue. I hope that I do not have to wait until late March to see this series come to a conclusion.

Now, let's get on with Issue 4 before I go the way of the Do-do!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

More Indiana Jones LEGO Sets Coming in 2009
22/01/09, 9:50am EST

Les at Throwmetheidol.com is reporting some news that will be happily heard and read by Indiana Jones collectible fans across the world. More Indy merchandise is coming in 2009! No, it isn't the folks at Hasbro reconsidering relaunching the Indy line, but the folks at LEGO will keep moving forward with four to five more sets this year!

In the LEGO mix will be Indy and his Dad versus the German fighter planes from Last Crusade. This will make a perfect companion piece to the already released motorcycle chase set that came out in 2008. One hopes that some of the other sets will include a Temple of Doom complete with Mola Ram and a heartless (or studless) heart.

We will see. Les also has news for fans of Gentle Giants Indy desk set and Sideshow Collectible collectors - let's just say on the matter of the latter - "what was once briefly theirs, will now be yours" - get the hint?

Source: Throwmetheidol.com

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

First Look at New LEGO Indiana Jones Sets for 2009
01/02/09, 12:56pm EST

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The Temple of Doom!
If the mention of new Indiana Jones LEGO sets a few weeks ago didn't get you excited, how about even more sets based on the big screen adventures of everyone's favorite part time teacher. As if using the psychic powers of the Crystal Skull or Irina Spalko, the designers have ready our thoughts and produced the much requested Temple of Doom set! Complete with mine car chase and Kali altar this LEGO set looks to be making builders clicking bricks at a feverish pace.

On the subject of fast paced action, how about some chase sets? LEGO will also give Indyfans the Venice boat chase from Last Crusade, the Cairo marketplace from Raiders, add these to the previously mentioned airplane set from Last Crusade and fans will be able to recreate many of Indy's greatest action scenes. Rounding out the new sets for 2009 will be Mutt and Indy fighting cemetery warriors as they crawl through the crypts from that scene in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

You can see some early images of the new LEGO Indiana Jones sets at Jedi News. These new sets are currently scheduled for a launch in August 2009.

And as always a big "thank you" to Les from Throwmetheidol.com for finding these.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Cover Art for the Scholastic Indy Books
16/02/09, 10:49am EST

A knight is teaming up with Indy again. This one isn't the Grail Knight, but rather artist Greg Knight who has completed two covers from the new Scholastic series aimed at younger readers.

Visit StarWars.com to view the newly illustrated covers by artist Greg Knight as well as a summary of what happens in each book. The books are due out May 2009.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

New Indiana Jones Bust Banks
16/02/09, 10:51am EST

Our good friend Dan Curto, from Rebelscum and Cool Toy Review is back in New York City to take in all the new products at this year's International Toy Fair.
Dan is showing that Indiana Jones is living on in the form of a series of banks based on the likeness of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. There is the Raiders Indy with Idol, Raiders Indy with Gun, full figured Indy with whip, Indy with Machete, and whip Indy from Temple of Doom. These impressive coin banks join the just released Golden Fertility Idol from Diamond that has been appearing in comic shops for the past few weeks.

In addition, Diamond Select is releasing a Mutt Williams figure to join their already released Indiana Jones figure.

Be sure to follow the reports on toys all week at Cool Toy Review. Hopefully Dan will dig up more Indiana Jones finds!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow's Belloq Figure Arrives
19/02/09, 11:48am EST

The other man with the hat in Raiders arrived in my mail courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles. Except while this man wore a white hat, he was far from a "good guy". Yes, that shadowy reflection of Indiana Jones, Rene Emil Belloq, is here in 1/6 scale and this exclusive edition included the fertility Idol and pedestal from the Chachapoyan Temple from the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Bearing an uncanny sculpted resemblance to actor Paul Freeman, the figure is of the same quality as collectors' have come to expect from Sideshow. It is fully posable and attired in Belloq's familiar white suit complete with Panama hat. Though I would have thought some grey hair would have made it even more realistic to the actor, it is still impressive.

In addition, this figure also came with many distinct accessories; such as a bottle of wine from the Belloq family vineyards, a watch that could be priceless if it was buried in the sand for a thousand years, switchable hands, including one holding a pistol. However, it does not have a fly that crawls into Belloq's mouth, but enough extras to satisfy most collectors.

I know many fans have wanted Sideshow to produce more figures from the Indiana jones series, such as Mola Ram, Short Round, Henry Jones Sr., The Grail Knight, Sallah, A Giant Thuggee Guard and Marion, and with the next installment in the series being SS Agent Arnold Toht, those fans will be getting their wishes in time.

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Indy figure with idol chamber environment.

But you cannot dismiss Belloq, after all he is probably the only villain in the series that is Indy's equal - so he is essential to the collection. As far as the exclusive pedestal, it is great to use with the Indy figure in setting up a diorama, and I am glad to have it, but it should have come with that figure. If Sideshow is listening or rather reading this, having Belloq come with his ceremonial garb from the end of the movie, though the MP-40 submachine gun is a nice touch.

For now, Belloq will find a place alongside the previous released Indiana Jones figure on my shelf in a plastic battle between good and evil. It goes without saying that this figure is highly recommended, and for those lucky enough to be on the wait list, Sideshow is offering a second chance at the Idol Chamber Environment exclusive Belloq.

Now enough with this man who wanted to speak to God and bring on the melted face Nazi!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Review: Indiana Jones Magazine #6
23/02/09, 11:40am EST

If every issue of Titan Publishing's Indiana Jones Magazine was like its sixth and final issue, it probably wouldn't be it's last issue!
Magazine Cover
Cover of the final
Indy Magazine.

This one has a lot of great articles to satisfy both new and old Indy fans alike, from great interviews with Karen Allen and producer, Robert Watts to a detailed look at the Raiders special effects with make-up artist Chris Walas on how to melt a Nazi and blow-up Belloq.

The Watts piece, the third and final in the series of interviews is this issue's highlight as we learn about the back stories around the filming of 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. If you have ever been fortunate to see Mr. Watts at a convention or listen to his recent interviews on TheForce.net, you know this man is a wellspring of Indy info. If there was ever a tell-all book about the original Indy Trilogy, this is the man to tell it! If the magazine had more articles like this with other Indy crew members it would have been something to look forward to issue after issue. Like more in-depth interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan and others to name a few.

Sticking to the Temple of Doom theme, there is genuine interesting material with a look at the Shankara Stones, in which the writer attempts to separate movie fact from fiction on those "magic rocks".

The issue does have some fluff pieces that were prevalent in all of the magazines six issue run, like the Top 10 Funniest Moments in the Indy films and a look at the locations used in the films. These type of articles were worth a passing glance and contained little information, and that always seemed to be the problem with the editorial decisions in this magazine's history, that being; "Who was/is the intended audience?"

If this magazine was written for the newbie Indyfan it was a decent attempt at getting them up to speed on the Man with the Hat. Yet, for older Indyfans it was like rehashing old news, and when it did touch on some great moments in Indy history like the novels or toyline, it was done in a very sparse and superficial style. Considering that the issues cost anywhere between 6.99 to 9.99, you really weren't getting your money's worth, and hence that is what doomed the magazine. An Indyfan would be better served by spending no money at all, and instead spending time by reading the hundreds of pages of content on TheRaider.net or downloading an episode of The Indy-Cast!

So we bid "adieu" to Indiana Jones Magazine, and hopefully we will see you turn up again, bigger and better, when and "if" our favorite adventure hero returns to the big screen.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones Omnibus: The Further Adventures Vol. 1
26/02/09, 12:27pm EST

Many of the younger Indiana Jones fans might just think of Dark Horse when it comes to Indy in comic books, but they are missing a huge chapter if Marvel didn't come to mind. Now Dark Horse Comics has begun collecting the first four color Indiana Jones adventures that came from the legendary Marvel Bullpen, home of Spider-Man, The Hulk and Captain America. In the just released first volume, Indyfans can read not only the first twelve issues of The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones, but also the one that started it all, Marvel's adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Indiana Jones Omnibus
Marvel Adventures
Vol. 1 cover.

Now, you have to put yourself back into the world of early 1981, and I say early because the magazine-sized edition of Raiders which sported a great painted cover by legendary artist Howard Chaykin (the artist behind the very first Star Wars poster that sold for $1.00, Marvel comic adaptation and the man who also drew the 7 foot tall, green alien rabbit Jaxxon in the first post Star Wars comics) came out a few months before the movie. Fans can see that the story is a bit minimalistic with the art done by Marvel great John Buscema and with inks by Klaus Janson (who had just worked on Frank Miller's breakthrough Daredevil at Marvel a few years before Miller's epic The Dark Knight Returns). You will also read much more dialogue and background information on Indy's quest for the Ark than made it onto the screen, like Indy and Marion's bar kiss and exactly how Indy stayed on the U-Boat. If you have never had the chance to get these issues, it is fun way to look back at this version of Raiders' and see how it looked from a different point of view.

But onto the rest of this collection, with the first ever post-Raiders adventure of Indiana Jones written and drawn by John Byrne and inked by his X-Men partner Terry Austin. Back in the late 70s and early 80s these two were the top artist team in the industry and revitalized the Uncanny X-Men, so when it was announced they would be helming Indy it was a dream come true. Unfortunately, not a very long dream, as changes in the editorial plan, lead by the Marvel Editor in Chief, Jim Shooter, called for all of the storylines to be no longer than two issues, in an attempt making the storylines easily accessible by any new reader. This change, along with the folks at Lucasfilm being pretty protective on the storylines of Indy's further adventures made Byrne leave after the first two issues. It is a shame, as he had planned on longer plot lines stretching over multiple issues and recurring villains. The story starts off in Marshall College and has Indy whipping his students into shape - literally. Along the way there was Marcus, a baddie named Solomon Black, gold-plated bodies, zombies and Indy being rescued by Nazis (I kid you not). The story is great and is written in two to three page chapters with cliffhanger-style action that followed the serials that inspired Indy to begin with. It is a shame that Byrne never continued work on Indy, as his pin-up art for a story called The Sentinel with Indy about to get his head chopped off by a walking skeleton was amazing.

This volume also has Indy meeting up with Marion Ravenwood in a story that takes place in Marion's stateside bar, the Raven, done by Howard Chaykin. Chaykin kept on doing covers for Indy's Marvel series for a few issues, and the art duties were handled by the capable hands of Kerry Gammill and later on by famed Spider-Man co-Creator Steve Ditko. The writing duties equally were passed around between Archie Goodwin and David Micheline. In the Marvel universe, Indiana Jones would go onto a variety of two issue quests, looking for the the Fertility Idol, Fourth Nail of the Crucifixion, the Crystal Cylinder that opens a pathway to another dimension (sound familiar), and a ton of death-defying escapades. The Marvel run would also have Indy meeting up with Captain Katanga, Marcus and even some other surprises, I even remember a crossbow-totting, sister of Toht and they were great way to pass the time until Temple of Doom came along in 1984.

Marvel often gets a bad rap from Indyfans who look back at the Marvel version of the Indy (and Star Wars) series as inferior when compared to the Dark Horse adventures. As one who was reading them month after month back in the 80s, these were cutting-edge Indiana Jones tales, and did not have the benefit of a completed trilogy of films to look back on and use for characters like Dark Horse did. The various teams of writers and artists, kept Indy's whip-cracking and had him scouring the four corners of the Earth looking for mysterious artifacts, and most of all captured the imaginations of early Indyfans.

So do yourself a favor and pick up this volume, and have a nostalgic look back at what the world of Indiana Jones was like when the only web came from Spidey's web-shooters and not a computer, the Commies of Crystal Skull were real and very scary threat, and we still didn't know what an Ewok or Shankara stone was!

Here's hoping Dark Horse packages volume two of the Marvel Indy adventures with adaptations of Temple of Doom and rounds it out with a third one with the Last Crusade before year's end.

The Indiana Jones Omnibus: The Further Adventures Volume 1 is $24.95 US and available now!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

First Look at Final Tomb of the Gods Comic
05/03/09, 10:52am EST

The long-awaited conclusion to Indiana Jones' post-Temple and pre-Raiders adventure; namely Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods, is a few weeks away from hitting the shelves at comic and book stores.

Dark Horse has let fans get a sneak peak at some of the pages from the last issue by writer Rob Williams and artist Bart Sears (although the write up at their site credits Tony Harris for the cover art - Steve Scott who worked on the series as well, told me he had done the cover at the NY ComicCon last month).

If you can't wait until March 18th, take a peak for yourself.

It's a race against the Nazis with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Follow Indy as he uses his wits, whip, and fists to keep a devastating discovery out of the hands of the evil Nazi scientist Dr. Friedrich Von Hassell! Hold on tight as this world-spanning romp makes its way to the treacherous tip of the globe -- the North Pole!

Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods #4 will be 40 pages and will cost $2.99. The collected series will be out as a trade paperback as well in June of this year.

Source: Dark Horse Comics and Comics Continuum

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow Unveils Indy in German Disguise
16/03/09, 1:37pm EST

Well, hold onto your wallets and don't pay big bucks tracking down that Hasbro 12" Indy in German disguise on eBay... because Sideshow has a surprise for you. This week's Sideshow Newsletter has revealed an new edition to their Indy line of figures with Indy in his German disguise complete with rocket launcher from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Now, no release date or pre-order information has been posted yet, but these things come out of nowhere so keep checking their site or us, for new information!

For now, check out the preview image at Sideshow Collectibles.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy's Quest for the Tomb of the Gods Ends
26/03/09, 11:56am EST

March 25t might have been my son Owen's 9th birthday, but I was the one who received a present when I walked into the Alternate Universe comic book shop that day. It might have taken a little longer than expected, but Indiana Jones latest comic book adventure finally reached its' end with the release of Dark Horse Comics'; Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods issue 4.

Tomb of the Gods
Issue #4 cover art
by Steve Scott.
Though the cover sported a great cover by artist Steve Scott, who illustrated the first three issues, the interior art was handled by Bart Sears. Though Sears didn't convey the dead on likenesses of Harrison Ford and Denholm Elliot as Indy and Marcus like Scott, he does bring a very cinematic style to his artwork. Luckily for Indyfans, the scripting was still under the control of the great comic scribe, Rob Williams. And Mr. Williams' imagination is in full force as he begins this tale with a cliffhanger - literally! No I really mean it. Indiana Jones is on the splash page hanging on to a cliff and then falls into action, and what a cavalcade of calamity it turns out to be. As always, our "weirdo" (you'll get the reference after you read it) whipmaster is ready to take on whatever lies ahead, or rather beneath, as this adventure brings Indy to the very edge of a new world of understanding.

The Tomb of the Gods is faithful to the tradition of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as it once again puts our hero in the position of not only saving the world from the army of darkness (i.e., the Nazis and not a group of Bruce Campbell movie fans), but allowing him to make a choice. That choice is does he give into to his own selfish desires and claim the "power" for himself, or does he do the "right" thing. Williams clearly understands the motivation of the Indiana Jones character and that is why this series has been a great ride of story and art and one that stands out amongst all the previous comic book attempts at Indiana Jones. In addition, by being a Raiders prequel and a Temple of Doom sequel, we watch the further fleshing out of Indiana Jones' transformation from a fortune and glory treasure hunter to a college professor. There is action and excitement and good versus evil, and a bunch of whip-cracking - who could ask for anything more?

So to quote Henry Jones, Sr.; "what are you doing just sitting there when we are so near the end"? Run out to your local comic book shop and grab a copy of Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods final issue and enjoy every turn of the page.

Bring on the next Indiana Jones Dark Horse comic adventure... Indyfans are waiting!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow's Older Indy Premium Figure - Coming Soon
06/04/09, 12:29pm EST

Sideshow is previewing there latest Indiana Jones Premium Format Figure/Statue and this time it's Indy as he appeared in last summer's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

View the trailer here and get ready for the imminent pre-order on their site!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones Adventures #2 from Dark Horse
08/04/09, 12:02pm EST

The latest news from Dark Horse Comics shows that you can't count the man with the hat down for the count! The digest-sized Indiana Jones Adventures will be coming out later this year and here is a sneak peak at the content:

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Volume 2 cover.
INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES VOL. 2
Mark Evanier (Writer) & Ethen Beavers (Artist)

When sixteenth-century stone carvings of animals start to go missing from museums across the globe, authorities think itís a simple case of burglary. But Indiana Jones and Marcus Brody think otherwise. Legend has it that the statues serve as a key to finding a mysterious ruby, which is said to make its bearer invincible. Itís up to Indy to find the statues and the ruby before it falls into the wrong hands!

On sale September 23, 2009.

Source: Comics Continuuum, and with special thanks to 'Yodazone'.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Premium Crystal Skull Figure up for Order
10/04/09, 10:05am EST

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Premium format Indy.
The Indiana Jones - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Premium Format figure is now available for pre-order online at the Sideshow website!

Down to the tilt of his trademark fedora, each figure is sculpted to Sideshow's museum-quality standards and dressed in an expertly tailored real fabric costume that captures the essence of Dr. Jones. Each piece is hand-cast of high-quality polystone, hand finished and individually numbered.

Product Specifications
License: Indiana Jones
Product Type: Premium Format Figure
Product Size: 19" H (482.6mm) x 8.5" W (215.9mm) x 8.5" L (215.9mm)*
Product Weight: 7.00 lbs (3.18 kg)*
Box Size: 19.00" H (482.6mm) x 8.50" W (215.9mm) x 8.50" L (215.9mm)*
Est. Shipping Weight: 8.00 lbs (3.63 kg)*

* Product size and weight are approximate values. Est. Ship Weight is an estimated value for U.S. shipping calculated by item, box and shipping materials. US shipping costs may be estimated in DIM weight if oversized warning appears above.

Head over to SideshowToys.com for more info and to place your pre-order!

Posted by Gilles V

 

Eric Tan's Last Crusade
14/04/09, 10:39am EST

If you think you have almost every Indiana Jones movie poster in your collection, think again.

Artist Eric Tan is back with a reinterpretation of a movie poster for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. If you have enjoyed his work on the other two Indy films, Raiders and Temple of Doom, you will get a kick out of this one. The artist not only showed off his latest work and made it available for purchase at places like IndianaJonesshop.com, but talked with /film.com about what went into making this latest piece.

at /film.com
New poster by Eric Tan.

"With the Crusade poster, I also tried to keep the series consistent with a lot of the same criteria I used in the 1st couple of posters. Among them include the limited color scheme, the big head at the top right, the chase scene on the bottom right, the logo down below, the filmed in color banner, and a background silhouette of one of the key settings. I wanted to play up the love connection between the Joneses and Elsa because it plays an important part of the plot so Indy and Elsa are almost equal in scale and you can also make a visual "triangle" between the three characters. Because itís my favorite on the Indy series of films, I really wanted to get as much as I could into this one. The story is dense and so is this poster in comparison to the previous two."

You can see the poster an a early sketch, along with the full article at /film.com.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow's 12" Henry Jones Will Be Appearing Soon
29/05/09, 10:47am EST

Indyfans can rejoice because the fine folks at Sideshow have let the word out that their next addition to the Indiana Jones line will be none other than Henry Jones, Senior! While we have yet to see photos of the finished piece, they are giving us a sneak peak at their website.

So if you are up to the challenge, get ready to order your "Attila the Professor"!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

New LEGO Indy Catalog and BrickMaster pages
08/07/09, 12:10pm EST

The postman delivered a double dose of LEGO Indy action with a new catalog and BrickMaster magazine showcasing all the new Indy LEGO sets. Besides the new Last Crusade, Crystal Skull, Raiders and Temple of Doom sets, the catalog has some new Indy keychains and magnetic figure sets.

The BrickMaster magazine shows the new sets and has a Temple of Doom spread with a "Mad-Libs" insert a word game, a find an object, and best of all, a link to Club TV that shows the making of a LEGO Indiana Jones Commercial. See how a 30 second commercial captures the fun and excitement of the Fedora in brick form.

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It is nice to see that the folks at LEGO are continuing Indy's adventures. And with the second LEGO Indy video game on the horizon it looks like the bricks will keep on clicking and the whip a'crackin!

You can order the new Indiana Jones sets online at the LEGO shop.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones Sideshow Comic-Con Unveiling
23/07/09, 12:37pm EST

Throwmetheidol.com
12" KOTCS Indy sitting
on an exclusive fridge!
If you thought Indiana Jones wouldn't be represented at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend you are wrong! Sideshow Collectibles will be showing off their new 12" Indiana Jones 1:6 scale figure from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Exclusive version will include a Fridge!) PLUS a 1:1 scale Fertility Idol prop replica from Raiders of the Lost Ark. While photos are up on Sideshow's site, Throwmetheidol.com has them featured as well.

The rumor patrol is running rampant with images of figure prototypes of Indy and Henry Sr., in the sidecar, Melting Dietrich and Toht with Ark Ghosts, and others. While these rather "cloak and dagger" images appeared and disappeared off many websites it waits to be seen if these are credible figures. Are they from Hasbro? Is this an Indy action figure relaunch?

Only time will tell, so keep watching this site for latest news on Indy from the San Diego ComicCon.

Source Throwmetheidol.com and various Raven posters.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow Surprises Indyfans at Comic-Con
28/07/09, 4:56am EST

While there was no major announcement like the pre-production of Indiana Jones 5, Indyfans can rejoice in the fact that they will able to find more Indy merchandize from the folks at Sideshow Collectibles.

The following items were announced from Sideshow:

- Indy vs Mola Ram diorama
- Temple of Doom Indy Premium Format Figure
- 1:4 Scale Ark of The Covenant!
- More 1:6 Figures and Accessories

So start saving up your money now and making space for those new items! What's next a glowing Sankara Stone or a beating heart that catches on fire? Talk about heartburn!

Source: Cool Toy Review, Thowmetheidol.com & Sideshow Collectibles

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Mickey as Indy Limited Edition Paint Cel
10/09/09, 10:32am EST

Just when your wallet has recovered from the latest Sideshow Indiana Jones Collectibles comes this new treasure from the land of Mickey Mouse (and now Spider-Man)!
Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones
Mickey as Indy paint cel.

The Disney Studios Animation Gallery at the Walt Disney World® Resort proudly presents the newest addition to their Disney Theme Park Exclusive Ink & Paint Cel Series, Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones!

Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones is a limited edition, hand-painted cel with an edition size of only 1500 pieces. An exclusively designed pin has been created to commemorate the release of the new cel, the pin is only available with the first 750 orders placed for a framed cel only.

Event: Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones Ink and Paint Cel Premiere
Special Guests: Disney Design Group Artist, Costa Alavezos and Ink and Paint Artists, James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K.Vincent
Event Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Event Times: 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Event Location: Studios Animation Gallery, Disney's Hollywood Studiosô

Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones Pin
Limited Edition: 750
Available exclusively for the first 750 order for a framed cel only.

Click here for more information.

Thanks to Le Saboteur on The Raven for the heads up!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones vs. Mola Ram Diorama
02/10/09, 12:17pm EST

The folks at Sideshow Collectibles continue to make Indy live on in the hearts (and wallets) of Indyfans with their latest offering: Indiana Jones versus Mola Ram Polystone Diorama. Recreating their epic cliff-hanging (literally) duel from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, this diorama will be up for pre-order on October 8th.

Here's some more information from their latest newsletter and even a sneak peak at what this must have will look like:

Clinging to a perilous rope bridge, archeologist and Thuggee priest are locked in a battle for the sacred Sankara stones. This memorable scene is depicted in all its high-adventure glory in Sideshow Collectibles' Indiana Jones VS Mola Ram Diorama, the first collectible in our line of Indy dios! Follow the link below to view a preview of two enemies hoping to become the victor in the struggle for the sacred stones. Additionally, you'll be able to get your hot little hands on this collectible in the near future when you place your Pre-Order through our newsletter next week, Thursday October 8th!

This looks great and proves that Indyfans are still out there looking for their piece of Indy merchandise (now can someone nudge Hasbro and let them know about this).

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead
05/10/09, 12:52pm EST

The new original Indiana Jones novel from bestselling author Steve Perry is now available in a bookstore near you! Or it should be as the paperback was already released almost a week ago.

Story synopsis:

Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead
Army of the Dead
Paperback cover

There's no rest for the weary treasure hunter, but that's how Indiana Jones likes it. Fresh from spying for the Allies in the thick of World War II Germany, the globe-trotting archaeologist doesn't need much persuading to join his cohort "Mac" McHale in searching for one of the most coveted of artifacts: the fabled black pearl known as the Heart of Darkness. But the partners in adventure are not alone on their foray into the mysterious jungles of Haiti. German and Japanese agents are in hot pursuit, determined to possess the ebony artifact -- and its secrets -- for their own sinister purposes. And shadowing them all is an infamous voodoo priest, with powers of both diabolical science and black magic at his command.

On a treacherous odyssey across the Island of the Dead, where the legend of zombi looms large, spiders, snakes, and booby-traps will prove the least of Indy's challenges. And capturing the prize will be child's play compared with confronting an enemy unlike any other, whose numbers are legion and nearly impossible to kill -- because they're already dead...

You can preview the first 35 pages of Army of the Dead online at the Random House website.

My apologies for the late report. And thanks to Jared for the reminder!

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indy Adventures #2 Now at Comic Shops
07/10/09, 12:12pm EST

If you prefer your Indy literature told in a graphic way, then Dark Horse has a new book for you! I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the Alternate Universe comic shop in New Haven, CT and found the latest digest size Indy tale on the shelf.

This time Indy is helping a New York Inspector track down who is behind the theft of certain statues of animals that once brought power to the Ottoman Empire... could it be a certain winery owning Frenchman who is a shadowy reflection of our favorite archeologist?

Find out now - it's only $7.99 US and is out there now!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

More Indy Classic Marvel Adventures in 2010
07/10/09, 12:20pm EST

Dark Horse will be completing their third and final volume of the Marvel Comics - Further Adventures of Indiana Jones in 2010.
Here is the release info:

INDIANA JONES OMNIBUS:
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES VOLUME 3
Linda Grant (W), David Michelinie (W), Steve Ditko (A), Ricardo Villamonte (A), Bret Blevins (A), and others
On sale March 17 - FC, 344 - $24.99 - TPB, 6" x 9"

The globetrotting hero born of George Lucasís love for high-adventure 1930s fiction returns! Irreverent archaeologist Dr. Henry ďIndianaĒ Jones scours the furthest corners of the planet for priceless artifacts, hungry for knowledge about ancient civilizations and in a constant race to beat grave-robbing thieves to the goods. Though his quick wit, resourcefulness, and dashing good looks have gotten him this far, what happens when his Nazi foes attempt to wake the dead through sorcery? Join Steve Ditko and Linda Grant in this value-priced collection to find out!

  • This volume also includes the official comics adaptation of The Last Crusade!
  • The first three Dark Horse Indiana Jones Omnibus editions have combined to sell over 50,000 copies!

Source: Dark Horse Comics

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 


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