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Sideshow's Mola Ram is Here
08/01/10, 12:07pm EST

Mola Ram
Mola Ram - Premium
Format Figure
Do you have a burning desire to own an evil Thuggee high priest? Well, hold to your potatoes as the good folks at Sideshow are bringing out their first Indy villain Premium Format Figure and it's the one and only Mola Ram! The highly detailed figure features Mola in his famed shrunken head and horned headdress with his hand held high, grasping the beating and burning heart of a hapless victim.

If you are one of the lucky few to order early you can get the exclusive ceremonial challis (skull/head) that was used to make Indy drink the "blood of Kali Mai" and fall into the black sleep. This is an awesome piece of Indiana Jones memorabilia and will no doubt be as treasured as a sacred Shankara Stone to any Indyfan!

To see more images and to order this figure, visit the Sideshow Collectibles website.

UPDATE: The Sideshow Exclusive Edition is already Sold Out!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Disney Unveils New Mickey Jones 18
12/01/10, 10:07am EST

 

Young Indiana Jones Autographs at Official Pix
11/02/10, 10:56am EST

Though Official Pix may have closed the door on their Indiana Jones photos (for now), it doesn't mean they are Indyless.

While supplies last, Official Pix is offering several autograph photos of "Young Indiana Jones" star; Sean Patrick Flanery. The photos include two of Flanery as Young Indy (one astride the horse from Spring Break Adventure that was also Harrison Ford's in Last Crusade), and the other from Flanery's recent hit The Boondock Saints sequel.

Check them out now at Official Pix.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy 'Well of Souls' 2010 Hallmark Ornament
17/02/10, 12:35pm EST

New Hallmark Ornament
New Indiana Jones
Hallmark Ornament.
Though many of the Christmas ornaments have been packed away for the year by now (if not, what are you waiting for), but save a spot on the tree next Christmas for the Man with the Hat.

Hallmark will continue producing ornaments based on Indiana Jones in 2010, the third so far in their series, with a look at Indy fending off snakes from the Well of the Souls! While it's had to tell if there will be a sound chip on this ornament, it would be cool if it said the immortal line; "Snakes... why did it have to be snakes"!

A big thanks to Indyfan Justin, for sending the image and the information over to me.

Source: DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow Toys Talks NEW Indy Collectibles
25/02/10, 10:11am EST

Sideshow Collectibles recent Q&A had a lot of great news for Indyfans, including new 1:1 props in the future and Temple of Doom figures coming soon!

You can read the full transcript from Sideshow's Q&A here.

I have been wondering if you are going to produce a Rene Belloq 12-inch figure wearing the Jewish High Priest robes that he wears when they open the Ark of the Covenant at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark?
We are currently evaluating more 12-inch Indiana Jones figure development, but our focus is really on Temple of Doom characters currently.

After the release of the Indiana Jones Golden Idol, will the Crystal Skull or Holy Grail prop replicas be a possibility?
Yes, we’re VERY interested in creating Grail and Skull prop replicas.

Sideshow used to be the company for female figures with your Buffy and James Bond lines (you made them look good without being hypersexual). Thus I am sorely disappointed that Marion Ravenwood has not shown up in the Indiana Jones line. Could you explain what prompted the apparent decision to not pursue a major character like her when she appears to be in high demand among collectors?
Fair question. We’ve fallen out of love with our old female body and delayed development on new female 12-inch figures until we sort out an update to the base body or a new body entirely. Things are still cooking at Sideshow HQ, and we’ll reopen the doors to female dev soon.

I LOVE the Premium Format Crystal Skull Indy. Trevor did another amazing job on the face sculpt. I might even prefer it over my PF Raiders Indy, but time will tell. Is Trevor working on any sculpts for the other two Indy movies in the PF format? It’d be great to add to these “bookends”.
Yes! Trevor recently completed the Indiana Jones from Temple of Doom, and we’re working on the prototype now!

I’m so excited to have placed my order for the 1:1 Raiders of the Lost Ark Fertility Idol. What’s next for the 1:1 Indiana Jones relic line? I’d love to see the Crystal Skull (I have your small one that came with the DVD set), the head piece to the Staff of Ra, the eye of the Peacock diamond from the beginning of Temple of Doom, a Sankara Stone (or all 3), the Cross of Coronado and the Holy Grail.
Several of the props you mention are in the works and even another that you didn’t mention. Stay tuned!

With German Indy and Henry Sr. shipping, can we get a hint of what Indiana Jones 1/6 Figures are coming in the new year?
There will be a bit of a break between the shipment of KOTCS Indy and the announcement of our next Indiana Jones 12-inch figure. We’re looking hard at designs from Temple of Doom for the next releases.

I have to tell you, that the Indiana Jones vs. Mola Ram diorama is awesome!!! You said that this is the first from the freshly launched IJ diorama series, so what about the next one? Is it in the works? can you give us some hints ? e.g.: from which installment did you choose? I think the scene, when Indy cures his father with the grail would be great!!
Duly noted! We have not yet selected the next Indiana Jones diorama, but there are several GOOD designs on the table! Stay tuned!

I was wondering if you were going to sell the Indiana Jones Life-Size Bag separate from the Indiana Jones VS Mola Ram Polystone Diorama? I love the bag and want one very badly!
We will not be offering the bag separately from the Diorama, but we will share your interest with Sideshow creative!

I love the Indiana Jones line, all of it…1/6, 1/4, props…all of it. I have purchased every item made for it. Are you going to continue the 1/6 scale line with more figures from the series, or is KOTCS Indy the last of the Mohicans? Also, if it’s not dead, would Sideshow consider the Hot Toys DX route and include a different outfit change with a figure?
We do have plans to continue the line, but we don’t have a firm timeframe to share with you. A deluxe Indy could be very interesting!

Are there any plans to have a Willie Scott figure for the Indiana Jones line, in any format?
Our Creative Director, Tom Gilliland, has a real soft spot for Willie Scott. It’s a safe bet that she’ll appear in some form.

Concerning the Indiana Jones license, does Sideshow also hold the rights to developing characters from the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles?
We’re not certain, but we still have a lot of ground to cover from the films before we dip into the Young Indy material.

Ok, you guys really have me freaked out after prior rounds of ‘Ask Sideshow’ questions. Indy fans were told there would be “a pause in the Indiana Jones 12-inch line after Henry Jones” and that Sideshow was “in the midst of evaluating TOD characters.” The Indy freaks require clarification…. Does this mean, in any way, that the 1/6 line is in jeopardy?
-AND-
I’m very (VERY) disappointed by the news that the Indy 1:6 line is on “pause”. Can you clarify what that means? Does that mean that there will simply be a long wait before the next announcement but that there IS a definite announcement coming, or does that mean that there is no new figure to be announced in the foreseeable future? I have all the figures from the line so far, and it was the Indy line that got me into collecting 1:6 figures in the first place. So I would be incredibly disappointed if the Indy 1:6 line was indeed dead, like many of us fear.
-AND-
Have you stopped work on the Indy 1:6 line to re-assess whether it is still viable? I know you intend to continue the license with dioramas and Premium Formats. But many of us are only interested in the 1:6 line and were hoping to at least get one or two figures (and personally, at least one Indiana Jones figure) from each movie. We all know what happens when a line is put “on hold”, and “pause” seems like the same thing. What would have to happen for you guys to continue with the line? Please reconsider!
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I’m sure you’re getting swamped with this question, but I thought I’d add mine to the pile … What’s the status of the Indiana Jones 1/6th line? Just hoping for some clarification. A few weeks back you mentioned that the line was “paused.” A lot of collectors then leapt to the immediate conclusion that the line is struggling badly and is therefore headed inevitably toward being axed. But I read the “paused” announcement differently. After re-reading it a few times, it seemed to me you guys were announcing a GOOD thing — that you were pausing to consult with Hot Toys so you could figure out how to do shirtless figures. NOT that you were gearing up to pull the plug on a struggling line. Could you please clarify? As a big lover of the 1/6th Indy line, I’m REALLY hoping I’ll need to buy a few more Detolfs in 2010 for a growing Indy 1/6th collection!
Great questions, all of you. The pause is indeed to give us the opportunity to evaluate our future plans for 12-inch Indy, including diorama type environment pieces. In the meantime, our development teams have been working hard on the 1:6 Star Wars and GI Joe lines, and we will redirect their efforts to Indiana Jones in due order. From here out, we’re most likely to develop ‘bursts’ of Indiana Jones 12-inch figures, ie a Temple of Doom subset, then onto other films.

I’m a huge Indy fan and have all the Indy items you’ve put out so far, keep up the great work! One question… I’ve noticed the Indy 12-inch line is “smaller” in proportion to your Star Wars line, as well as the New Line House of Horrors line. In fact, your Indy is “shorter” than your Han Solo! Was the reason for this so the Indy line would work with other 12-inch WWII era military lines like Dragon, G.I.Joe, etc? Or was there a different reason for the different “scale” of the Indy Line?
When we launched Indiana Jones, we also launched the new Pro Body, which ended up a bit smaller than ideal. We’ve since added body parts to the Pro platform allowing additional height, arm, shoulder, and butt configurations – and future Indiana Jones figures will benefit from these advances (and potentially others).

I love the Indy vs. Mola Ram diorama. Please Sideshow, give us an Indy & Marion Well of Souls and Indy with Henry Sr. before all is said and done. I could go on, but these would be very iconic.
Certainly, we’ll share your wish list with the creative team!

Will the Indiana Jones 1:6 environment pieces continue? I am really hoping we’ll get a Map Room Indy with polystone Map Room environment. What is the possibility of this happening?
Yes, most likely on a basis paired with future 12-inch Indiana Jones offerings. We can’t promise the map room as a certainty, but it’s high on our list too.

Where does the Indy 1/6th ‘paused’ announcement leave us for the 1/6th KOTC Indy? Will we still see this figure?
We hope that you have him in hand as you read this!

Source: Sideshow Collectibles

Thanks to Throwmetheidol.com's Les for the heads up!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

REVIEW: Sideshow's Fertility Idol
17/03/10, 12:43pm EST

There are many props from the Indiana Jones film series that Indyfans have been dying to get their hands on. While imitations of Indy’s famed fedora and whips have been around for years, it has been nearly impossible to become an "obtainer of rare antiquities", such as authentic prop replicas.

There have been some fantastic recreations over the years (the amazing work of prop master Anthony "Indy" Magnoli come to mind), but there has been little "official" licensed products from Lucasfilm made available. Recently, the Noble Collection offered up the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra, Mutt (or rather Spalko’s) sword, Indy’s TOD machete, and whip. However, one signature item, or rather idol, is instantly recognizable to Indyfans, and even non-Indyfans, has eluded fans. That would be the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol first seen in the opening sequence of 1981’s classic film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Sideshow's Fertility Idol
Sideshow's Fertility Idol
(Life-Size Prop Replica)
USA; 21st century
Phoney gold
Now, you don’t have to travel to Marrakech or borrow several thousands of dollars from a museum curator to try and obtain this golden idol. The artisans at Sideshow Collectibles have trekked through the Peruvian jungles, braved the attacks from Hovitos, the betrayal of untrustworthy guides and even eluded the giant boulder to bring to market a 1:1 scale replica of Indy’s first treasure! Just released is the Fertility Idol, this heavy duty prop replica is breathtaking in its detail (and I do mean heavy duty as the box weighed in at 10 pounds). If one were to throw it in exchange for a whip, they will need some serious muscles, or be on the receiving end of a severe bruise if they didn’t catch it right!

The packaging, like all previous Sideshow offerings, is impeccable with great graphics, and even includes that rare and controversial image of the idol with real human eyes. It gives a brief description on the pursuit of the idol, from Forrestal’s failed attempt to the brief and successful retrieval by Dr. Indiana Jones. The story goes on to tell of how Indy did in fact get back "in his hands" from Rene Belloq, and return it to the National Museum after the events of Raiders.

click to enlarge
Fertility Idol collection.
Some fans have been criticizing the Sideshow Fertility Idol sculpt and claim it is not film accurate. As one who has over a dozen variations of the fertility idol from miniature Hasbro action figure accessories to knock-offs purchased on eBay to the great Diamond bank, these remarks are too nit picky to detract from the look. The likeness is terrific in my book; from the hideous open mouth expression to the creepy "child" emerging beneath it, it is simply amazing. Most striking is the material used to give this idol its shine, the process used to give it that "metallic" luster is the big selling piece. The eBay knock-offs I own, have never got the color just right, the gold was either too flat, or when sprayed with gold paint, never shined like the prop in the movie. The Sideshow Fertility Idol has a polished, mirror-like golden finish, and makes me feel that I should wear gloves when handling it as not to smudge it with oils from my fingertips.

The idol comes with a "temple-like" pedestal, which is carved in the style of the architecture seen in the opening of "Raiders". The attention to detail even has some moss-like material engraved in it to give it that added touch of screen authenticity.

As with all pricey collectibles is the inevitable big question always is; "is it worth it"?

The answer is A RESOUNDING "YES"!

Inverse-Face Beaker
Inverse-Face Beaker
Sicán (Lambayeque),
Peru; 9th-11th century
Hammered gold
In my opinion, as one who has purchased many big ticketed Indiana Jones related items, as well as other film prop replicas, this is one of the best ever done. I admire the skill labor that Sideshow’s designers put into it, and will not squabble over the curve of the mouth or roundness of the eyes as I have read some fans mention. It is immediately recognized as the idol from Raiders when my family and friends see it, and because of the sophisticated construction of it, it really does look like it "belongs in a museum". In fact, after just returning from a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, I saw many South American small golden idols that look very similar to the Chachapoyan fertility idol, and would not be surprised if they were the inspirations for the Indy’s onscreen treasure. My only complaint is that it did not come with a small canvas bag of sand as an exclusive that you could put on the pedestal when you "borrow" the idol.

Do I recommend that Indyfans seek this out, again, if you can afford the $189.00 suggested retail price, by all means go ahead and try and find it and purchase it. With only 1500 made, the wait list on this at Sideshow is full; perhaps tracking it down at a local comic shop or online might be a great source. I bought mine, as did the songwriter behind "The Ballad of Indiana Jones", High Adventure’s Glen Nelson, at the Alternate Universe comic shop in Connecticut. They were only made available two weeks ago and have disappeared off the shelf, so start tracking yours down, immediately.

Now, if Sideshow would continue this line of 1:1 Indiana Jones prop replicas, I would like to add the Holy Grail, Sankara Stones (that light up), the Cross of Coronado, and maybe the remains of Nurhaci (the crystal skull from Uncle Milton is fine enough). Are you listening out there Sideshow?

Here’s offering my sincerest appreciation on a great job and kudos to Sideshow Collectibles on the Fertility Idol. I hope I can get to it without causing my house to collapse and the giant boulder rolling after me.

Sideshow Fertility Idol Product Size:
10" H (254mm) x 10" W (254mm) x 10" L (254mm)
Product Weight: 10.00 lbs (4.54 kg)
Run: 1500 pieces.

For more information and images visit Sideshow Collectibles website.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow's Peak at TOD Indy Figure
30/03/10, 12:05pm EST

A movie theater in Stamford was running a special showing of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on Thursday, March 25, but since it was my son, Owen's 10th birthday that night I had to pass. However, after all the cake and balloons were put away, I was surprised to see that that day did not pass without a glimpse of Indiana Jones from his epic battle against the blood thirsty Thuggees. Well at least a close up of his hand. A sculpted hand at that.

The artisans at Sideshow Collectibles, fresh off dazzling Indyfans with their 1:1 scale replica of the Fertility Idol, were showing a sneak peak of what the future has in store. While they had mentioned that they were hard at work on a Premium Format figure of the Man with the Hat from his adventures in the Temple of Doom little more was known or seen about it. Well, thanks to a posting of a photo, both of those things have come to pass - with an image of the sculpting of the newest Indy fig... rather, just a close up of Indy's bandaged hand as he had it holding the Thuggee sword/machete in the climatic rope bridge sequence.

This will be the third version of Indiana Jones in the Sideshow premium format line, as well as, a Mola Ram figure that will be released later this year. With the Temple of Doom Indy fans can pose the two adversaries and have them stare each other down from across a room.

You can see the preview on the Sideshow site, and hopefully the coming weeks will reveal more of it, as well as ordering information and release dates. Now if I can only get a local movie theatre to show Temple of Doom, Raiders and Last Crusade again...

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Temple of the Forbidden Eye 15th Anniversary
18/04/10, 9:01am EST

If you have been one of the millions of Indyfans who dared to walk, or rather ride, along with the intrepid archeologist on DisneyLand'sIndiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, you should celebrate its 15th Anniversary. Indyfan and Disney employee, Brandon Kleyla, and Raven poster 'Violet Indy', let me know that the house of the Mouse is planning to celebrate this occasion in style.

While the attraction really celebrated its actual 15th year in operation last month, Indyfans will start to see new merchandise at the the theme park celebrating Indiana Jones. One Disney Park blog site is showing off new T-shirt designs, and the article goes on to mention that other new items, like mugs, magnets and other goodies are comings soon.

So make a trek to Anaheim and visit DisneyLand to take a ride with Indiana Jones and wish him a happy 15th anniversary!

If you cant get to a Disney Park, you can still obtain these rare antiquities by using the Disney Resort Mail Order program.

Thanks to Brandon and 'Violet Indy' for the heads up!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow's Temple of Doom Indy is Here
23/05/10, 10:52am EST

If adventure has a name... no it's not a shameless IndyCast plug, but the tagline of the trailer and poster that was 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Now, Indyfans who have waited 26 years to own a substantial piece of that roller coaster ride of a flick can be satisfied thanks to Sideshow Collectibles!

Joining the companies other outstanding Indiana Jones Premium Format Figure/Statues like the Raiders and Crystal Skull Indys, and the soon to be released Mola Ram will be a Temple of Doom Indy. While we we will have to wait until May 25th for a full description and images via a Sideshow Production Blog, and then endure another two day wait until May 27th to order it, you can see a sneak peak now at their site.

With Thuggee machete in hand and what looks like a Shankara stone or maybe a whip in the other this figure will be the one to own! It may cost you a small "fortune" but you will be able to bask in the "glory" that is Indiana Jones!

Thanks to Sideshow Collectibles for rewarding us "true believers" now if only we could have the filmmakers drink the blood of Kali and do our bidding, like make Indy 5 next year!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 


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