Monday, April 23, 2012

The Adventures of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (Kenner)

For the toy collector, there is something to be said about a small line of figures and vehicles. They're a fun "side project" of sorts which usually can be easily obtained, and typically at a low price.

In 1982, Kenner released a small but mildly successful line of toys based off of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The series ran for two waves, and even offered an exclusive mail away figure, which was later released as a carded figure in wave 2.

A handful of playsets were released as well as a twelve inch doll of Indie. Though not as successful as the figures when they initially launched, they have since become highly collectible items on the secondary market.

Cairo Swordman, Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood
Toht, Card Back, Belloq in Ceremonial Robe (Mail Away), and 12 Inch Indiana Jones

Belloq, Belloq in Ceremonial Robe, German Mechanic
Sallah, Indiana Jones in German Outfit, Card Back

The Map Room Adventure Set, Well of the Souls Action Playset
Arabian Horse, Desert Convoy Truck, Streets of Cairo Adventure Set

The series ran until 1983 when it was dropped. LJN would later pick up the rights to produce figures based off of the second Indian Jones film - The Temple of Doom. Several other companies, including Disney and Hasbro have since tried their hand at creating a successful series based on the whip wielding hero, but none have found extensive success.

Join us next Monday for our look at Beavis and Butt-Head!

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