Saturday, 9 February 2013

Indy Reviews - Adventure Heroes

Last time in the Temple, we discussed Idaho Jones and how he was aimed at the more younger fans. Though Idaho Jones wasn't Hasbro's only attempt at bringing the world of Indiana Jones to the younger crowd and get them interested in the intrepid archeologist.

In 2008, Hasbro launched it's Adventure Heroes toyline alongside the others. Aimed solely at the junior level archeologist, they were a resounding success, making Indy out to be more cute and friendly to appear more appealing to parents and children. It follows a similar vein to the previous Playskool Jedi Force line, where they brought the world of Star Wars to the younger crowds.

The first wave, shown above, was based around Raiders of the Lost Ark. The figures usually had very limited articulation, usually having a neck swivel and one or both arms on a swivel. Still though, despite their limited articulation compared to the main Hasbro lines, they were still a success with children and also became a more permanent fixture with adult collectors as well. I've seen pictures online of adult collectors putting them in their regular collection or even on office desks as little statues.

Wave 4 was the final wave of Adventure Heroes to hit store shelves. It rounded off the movies and gave us characters from Temple of Doom, Last Crusade and Crystal Skull. However, the story of Adventure Heroes doesn't end there.

Each figure came with an insert sheet with a map of South America and a sticker to go on it. Once the sheet had been filled in and posted back to Hasbro, after 6-8 weeks, then you'd recieve an exclusive that was unavailable in stores.

Indiana Jones on Horseback figure. Only available through a special mailaway offer. It arrived in a special crate-like mailer box. It would have been a perfect addition to anyone's Adventure Heroes collection.

Before I end this, if anyone is interested in a checklist for their AH, here it is:

Wave 1 - ROTLA

  • Indy & Cairo Swordsman
  • Indy & Tribal Warrior
  • Indy & Marion 
  • Indy & German Mechanic
  • Sallah & Mummy
  • Renee Belloq & Ark Ghost
Wave 2 - KOTCS
  • Indy & Colonel Dovchenko
  • Indy & Ugha Warrior
  • Mutt & Irina Spalko
Wave 3 - ToD
  • Indy & Willie Scott
  • Short Round & Temple Thug
  • Mola Ram & Temple Priest
Wave 4 - LC
  • Indy & Henry Jones Sr
  • Indy & Elsa
  • Grail Knight & Colonel Vogel
  • Indy & Horse
In closing, a very nice and interesting way of keeping children interested in Indy, backed up by a Mr. Potato Head. If only Indy's interest didn't die off in 2010, we might have actually seen more from the AH line and it might have expanded further into the realms of Indy's world. 

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Indy Reviews - Idaho Jones

What an interesting name. Who or what is Idaho Jones? In 2008, Playskool cashed in on the Indiana Jones craze, just like their many other Mr. Potato Head figures with such hits as Darth Tater, R2-Pota2, Optimash Prime and Spider Spud. 

Enter Idaho Jones in Taters of the Lost Ark. He comes with Indy's trademark Jacket, whip, fedora and a golden Mr. Potato Head Idol in his hand. The fedora is unique as when pushed, it plays a series of short clips from the now famous Raiders March. In addition to all this, he comes with an Indy style smirk that can be swapped out for a Mr. Potato Head style grin. 

All in all, he;s a fun little toy for collectors and collectors with young children. The idol is a fun little accessory that's glued into his hand. It's a spud-ified version of the Idol from the start of Raiders. For a child's toy, the coiled whip is pretty detailed, with crosshatching on the whip. 

I'd recommend it for any Indy collectors as well as novelty collectors. It'd make a great conversation starter in any collection. If you can find it on the secondary market like eBay, flea markets or anything like that or even online for a good price, you won't go far with this purchase.