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Hasbro G.I. Joe Indiana Jones

   

"The following is a guest review.  The review and photos do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Michael Crawford or Michael's Review of the Week, and are the opinion and work of the guest author."

Tonight's guest review from Alex Misiti is a gentle reminder that while we might not be completely happy with the $20 12" Indiana Jones figures currently available from Hasbro, that they are quite a bit better than the last Indy that Hasbro produced in this scale - the G.I. Joe version from a few years ago.  This figure was available only at the parks, and some of us went through the trouble of getting one.  But that's because we're crazy.

I'll let Alex take over from here - tell us all about this now vintage figure, Alex!









Packaging: ***
This time, Disney really hasnít done much different with the packaging. Itís just a simple box with the figure inside. It was packaged well, as I had trouble getting the stuff out of the box in the hotel room. All of the boxes there had some sort of wear on them, but I think most people are going to open him up and play with him.

Sculpt: **
This is a really great looking GI-Joe figure. Itís also a really bad Harrison Ford sculpt. Technically, this isnít supposed to be Harrison at all, but instead, GI JOE dressed up like him. I really wish they had made a Ford sculpt. Even a re-used Han Solo would have been nice. He is just a standard Hasbro body so he has many point of articulation, but they really messed up on the mold of one of his hands. Get this; they put his nail on the other side of his thumb. Itís really freakish looking. And to top it off, this isnít my first figure to have this problem. I have a Luke Skywalker with the same issue.

EDITOR'S NOTE - yep, that was on purpose.  When they first developed the Joe body, they put the thumbnail on upside down for the purposes of patenting the figure.

Paint: ***1/2
Good job here. From all the years Iíve had him, he has lost no paint. There is one spot were they put paint were it shouldnít be, but Iíll get to that later.

Articulation - ***1/2
Dr. Jones does have great articulation. He has a standard GI Joe body and head, and there are lots of different poses you can put him in. I like his hands the most though. The index finger moves on it's own, so you can put it on the trigger of a gun (not included) and the wrists are on tight. This is the case with most GI Joe figures, but some of them like the Snake Eyes figure in the picture (not included) have these rubber hands and the wrists are really lose and the hand looks like it could break off any minute. I don't think they make the rubber hands anymore though. I knocked off 1/2 a star because for some reason, he has weak knees and ankles. Not too much to be worried about though.

Outfit - *1/2
They really messed up here. God, did they mess up. Letís start on a good note. The hat. The hat is the best part. Itís removable, but itís not oversized and it looks natural on his head. Ok, now to the worst part. The Jacket. They chose to use a fake leather material for the legendary jacket. Now thatís ok, but what the average buyer doesnít know is whatís hidden behind the jacket. A BIG FAT LOGO painted on that reads INDIANA JONES EPIC STUNT SPECTACULAR. That logo just ruins the figure. Indy never had a stupid logo on his back, why did they choose to put it here now. Luckily you can display him with his back against the wall. Now letís get to the paints. They suck. There not khaki color, but dark red. Ewwwww.

Accessories: ***1/2
This department is pretty good. They only problem is that they didnít include a revolver and the poor excuse for a satchel makes me want to spew. Other than that, the whip is great, and the snakes and jewels look good. The coffin is the coolest part here (It actually opens and there is a rotting corpse inside), but itís not to scale with Indy, so it looks like a childís coffin.

Value: **
For just an average figure like this, it fetched $40 for the short time it was out. Now that it is considered ďrareĒ, itís fetching up to $90 on ebay. The highest this guy is worth is about $25. At the time though, with nothing Indiana Jones on the market, $40 seemed like a fair price. Unless you get this for a steal, just wait till May 1st when the new Indy stuff comes out, or just pre-order the Sideshow figure. You canít get the exclusive any more, but it isnít like it comes with the greatest accessories ever as an extra. I ordered the regular version, and I suggest you do the same before it sells out. I can assure you it will be better than the Disney GI JOE version.

Overall: **1/2
I say skip this one, but if you have to have everything Indy (like my self), try to get it for the lowest price possible.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpt - **
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ???
Accessories - ***1/2
Outfit - *1/2
Value - **
Overall - **1/2

Where to buy-
Ebay is the place. You used to be able to get them at Disney Land or Disney World, but not anymore.

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Figure from the collection of Alex Misiti.

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