When it comes to media, you can guarantee that soon after, there'll be a slew of toys and action figures. It happened in 1977 with the whole Star Wars craze. Indiana Jones is no exception. The first toyline hit store shelves in 1980 to coincide with the the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The "Adventures of Indiana Jones" toyline consisted of 9 action figures, 2 playsets and 2 vehicles. As well as a board game and a 12" doll of Indiana Jones. (which was Kenner's Han Solo doll in Indy clothing). The action figures were slightly more articulated than the Kenner Star Wars toys. They're considered pretty collectable by fans and toy collectors world wide. Sadly, the line never made it past it's 2 waves.
The second time Indiana Jones made it into toy form was LJN's Temple of Doom line in 1985. The line was intended to have 5 figures. However, Short Round and Willie never made it past prototype phase.
The 90s was sparse for Indy action figures. That was until the 2000s, when Disney parks brought out their own 4 inch scale Indy action figures.
Now we get into the present day. In 2008, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hit theatres all over the world and to coincide with this, Hasbro released a brand new line of Indiana Jones action figures. Their first wave was a brand new collection of Raiders of the Lost Ark figures.
These figures were brought in line with modern articulated figures like Star Wars, GI Joe, Marvel and more, giving us ball jointed necks and more so we could pose our new Indiana Jones figures in any way we wanted and get some great action and fighting poses. The line continued with a huge amount of action figures, a playset and deluxe figures to bring even more to the table. However, when the Crystal Skull line hit, Hasbro made the mistake of putting out too many Mutt figures as thats what they thought kids would want and like to play with, so the shelves were full of them. The line slowly dwindled after the Last Crusade and Temple of Doom waves. In the end, the remaining figures that were due to hit by christmas of 2011 were released as part of a special 30th anniversary SDCC boxed set.
Indiana Jones has always been one of those cult and classic toylines. It's been around since 1980 and I'm sure there'll be many more iterations of Indy in toy form in years to come. Who knows? In another 20 years, when Indy hits his 50th anniversary, we might see another resurgance of the Indy franchise once again.