Indiana Jones sixth scale figure (exclusive version)
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Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles

I've reviewed a ton of Indiana Jones product this year. It's been a collectibles buffet for fans of the adventurer. But there's been two items I've been really, really looking forward to, both from Sideshow.  One is their Premium Format figure (nope, don't have it yet), and the 12" Indy. Mine just hit the doorstop today, and I already have my review up. Think I was pretty geeked to get it?

This is hopefully the first in a long line of 12" figures based on the license from Sideshow (already announced is Belloq and the much anticipated Toht), but there's more to this figure than meets the eye. This is also the first figure to sport Sideshow's new body, the Prometheus. The earlier Obi-Wan in Clone Trooper armor had the new armored body, but it's really been the Prometheus that collectors have been anticipating.  

Like usual, there's two versions of Indy. The regular is limited to 7500, while the exclusive (which includes two additional accessories, a torch and a dart which can be inserted into the torch) is limited to 1500. Either version will cost you $90 direct from Sideshow, but I have some additional sponsor options at the end of the review.

You'll have to excuse some of the photos this time around.  Unfortunately, half way through my shoot, Indy's hip snapped while I was swapping heads. GAAAAHHHH! I've only been waiting to shoot this figure for months. Out of the 11 photos here, I like maybe 4 of them, and I was very disappointed that I couldn't do a good whip handling pose, but before I got to it he was a cripple. Perhaps I'll go back and shoot a few more once they replace my figure. *sigh*
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles

Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles

Packaging - ****
If you like the Sideshow Star Wars boxes, you'll love these as well.  Magnetic closures, lots of great background text, nice graphic design, and completely collector friendly.  You'll be able to take it all out and put it back later any time you feel like it, no damage done.

Sculpting - ***1/2
This is one of the nicest Indy sculpts we've gotten.  I don't know what it is about Ford as Jones, but he's one Hell of a hard likeness to capture.  However, this time it's near perfect.

There are two portraits, one with the hat permanently sculpted on his head, one without. That's a smart move, since it's nearly impossible to sculpt a hat to proper size AND make it removable.

The two heads look identical to me, with the obvious exception of the hat. Indy has a stern but un-constipated look, as though he's seriously considering his options to get out of his current dilemma.

There are also a whopping four sets of hands.  Two sets are fists, two sets are gripping. The difference between the like sets is the addition of sculpted/painted gloves. The sculpts work well on all eight hands, and they are soft enough to work with the weapons, yet not so soft that they drop them easily.

Paint - ***
Unfortunately, the excellent sculpt isn't held up by excellent paint.  It's good, it's solid, it's just not excellent.  The work we saw on the recent Clone armor Obi-wan was excellent, and even Gandalf was nearly perfect. Unfortunately, Indy has a few issues.

Sideshow is going with unpainted skin on their recent heads, with the plastic cast in a skin tone.  This is a technique that Hot Toys has used with great success at times.  It worked well for Sideshow on Obi-Wan, but here the plastic is a bit too shiny and obvious

The hair and hairline is good, but the facial hair is probably his biggest issue. They went for stubble, but they missed it by *that much*. Fortunately, the eyebrows, eyes and lips help make up for it a bit.

He does have the catch lights painted on, although they are getting smaller every release.  Perhaps they'll get so small they simply disappear at some point.  There's a nice gloss on the eyes and lips, but the slightly glossy skin hurts the effect a bit.

The other paint issue is with the gloved hands.  They are trying to simulated leather gloves, but the paint work isn't quite there. There's just a bit too much of the dark brown highlights to look quite right.

Articulation - **1/2
The biggest disappointment here is the Prometheus body. This body is intended to bring Sideshow into the 21st Century in articulation, and I think it can...if they can get past some of the current manufacturing difficulties.

You may recall that I didn't have the issues with the joints being weak and floppy on Obi-Wan that others did. They were a little loose, but I had no problems posing him, and getting him to hold those poses for long periods. Oddly enough, my issues with this body aren't quite the same as I've heard from others either.

Most folks have had lots of trouble with the hips being loose, but I think had one of mine not BROKEN, I would have had just as much luck with him as I did Obi-Wan. Yes, the hips were a little loose, but I could still get him into deep stances and keep him there without the need for a stand.

You might assume that my number one issue with the body is that it broke, and you'd be almost right.  Yep, I find it extremely annoying when something like this breaks right out of the package, and I'll be calling Sideshow tomorrow to get a replacement.

However, I had two other major issues that annoyed me as much or more.  While my hips weren't that loose, the neck was terrible! His head flopped around like an old rag doll. It was particularly a problem for the hatted head, since the extra weight caused it to fall forward constantly.  Now THAT was annoying.

I also found that the hands, which are designed to pull out of the wrists, actually popped off the short wrist peg too easily, leaving the long peg in the arm. The tiny, short peg that fits into the hand wasn't able to keep it on, and in fact, the hands tended to fall off when posing.

Many of these issues are manufacturing problems, not design flaws. Sideshow appears to have a well designed body here, they just need to get the kinks worked out.  The question is, will collectors give them time?

There is one issue that the Prometheus seems to have that IS a design problem. The shoulders are more narrow than the Buck (and the TrueType as well), and I wasn't thrilled with the fit of the jacket because of it.

Accessories - ****
Ah, now here's a category where I can't complain.  Yep, this guy wasn't cheap at $90, but you get a treasure trove of extras.

I already mentioned the second head, as well as the 3 extra sets of hands. There's also two whips, one coiled to wear on his belt, the other uncoiled to be used in various whipping poses.  There's a strong wire that runs the length of this uncoiled whip, giving you a tremendous amount of posing potential.

There's also two guns, one his standard revolver, the other the semi-automatic he acquires. The revolver is sculpted with the hammer back, and the cylinder can pop out to the side.  The gun is already fully loaded as well! The pistol has a removable clip, too.  Both guns are excellent sculpts, and Sideshow is second to none right now in weapons.

Indy also had the gold Fertility Idol.  It's made from a lightweight plastic, so it's easier for him to carry than the all metal one we got from Gentle Giant. It's slightly smaller too, and this slightly smaller size seems about right.

What good would the idol be without the bag of sand to swap for it?  The bag is all one solid sculpted piece, and can be held in any one of his gripping hands.

There's a loose fedora as well.  Both hats have extremely well done sculpts, right out of ROTLA. I consulted with my nephew Guy, a complete Indy nut, on the costume, and he raved about the corners and blocking on the hat.  The loose version even has a cloth interior!  The paint leaves a little to be desired though, but they did try to give it a bit of weathering and dirt.

Let's not forget his man purse, the bag he used to carry his loot.  This one has two magnetic closures, making it very easy to open and close.

That's quite a bit of stuff, but if you bought the exclusive, you also got the unlit torch and dart. The torch and dart are right out of the opening sequence of Indy, and make for a nice exclusive item - something cool, yet not necessary. The dart fits in the side of the torch, but it's a tighter fit than it should be.  Take care when inserting it to avoid breakage.

Outfit - ***1/2
The outfit consists of the pants, shirt, jacket, belt, holster/belt, and boots.

There's been much talk about the jacket. This figure was billed as a Raiders Indy, but the jacket isn't pure Raiders, but more of a compilation. I asked my nephew again to give me his opinion, as he is far, far more acquainted with the various jackets than I.

He felt that the length was very much in line with ROTLA, but the larger pockets are more in line with Last Crusade.  The larger collar with pointed ends is more like Temple of Doom, and the simulated snaps on the zipper cover are also from Last Crusade.

You have to keep in mind that the jacket went through lots of changes, and the original Raiders jacket ended up in all kinds of rights ownership Hell between Lucas, the costume designer, and the company that manufactured them. I suspect that this compilation version was what Lucas wanted for licensing purposes.

All that aside, the jacket really is nicely done.  The soft fake leather material is extremely thin, nothing like the pleather Sideshow used in the past.  It has a lining sewn in as well, and the zipper, while non-working, is perfectly in scale. It even has the pleated back!

My big complaint though is the two straps in back.  These are done in a completely different material than the jacket, that's not even remotely close in color. I have no idea what they were thinking on that one.

The pants fit well, and have some dirt added around the knees.  The main belt is the old Boy Scout style, while the belt for the holster is the usual fake leather. The holster itself looks a bit oversized, but the gun fits in quite well, so I can only complain so much.  I do wish it had a magnetic closure though, instead of the hole and button type. I suspect this one will break with time.

The loop for his whip does have a magnetic closure though, and it works fairly well at keeping the coiled whip in place. Both the holster and loop can be positioned any where you'd like on the belt, and this second belt is long enough to allow you to put the holster far enough down on his hip to be out of the way of his jacket.

The shirt looks fine, but it is missing a button in front. This is one of those Sideshow shirts with the elastic strap that wraps around his crotch, keeping the shirt tucked in and in place.

The boots are even nicer than the jacket, since they don't have any weirdly colored straps. The sculpt is dead on to the Alden shoes, right down to the swoop cut in the soles.

Fun Factor - **1/2
If Indy didn't break a hip on me right out of the package (are we sure this isn't the KOTCS Indy?), he would have been a whole lot more fun.  Even then though, the floppy neck would frustrate most kids pretty quickly, even if they are just trying to pose him on their Indy shelf.

Value - **1/2
I'm giving this guy an average value score, something that won't effect my overall one way or the other.  That's because although he's $90, you can see where the money went in the excellent outfit and accessories.

Things to Watch Out For - 
If you have the exclusive version, take extra care putting the dart in the torch.

Also, there's a special rubber ring that fits inside the heads, over the neck post.  If it pops off when you initially remove the head, you'll need to get some tweezers or needle nose pliers to pull it out and put back for the other head to fit.

Overall - ***1/2
I waffled around a bit on this figure...first three stars, then three and a half.

The big negative here is the kinks with the new Prometheus body. Once the manufacturing problems get worked out, Sideshow could have a very nice replacement for the Buck, but until they do, Hot Toys TrueType and Medicom's RAH are still going to be superior.

I'm also not thrilled with the overall paint work. Both the head and the glove hands really need some extra attention.

However, the underlying head sculpt is great, and I'm betting we see some amazing repaints of this guy. He also has a fantastic outfit and a plethora of excellent accessories, making the $90 price tag all that much more palatable.

I was really hoping for a four star figure here, perhaps the best 12" figure of the year.  He's the best Indy I've seen, but both the Gandalf and Obi-Wan that Sideshow recently released are better than this figure, and they still have a ways to go to topple figures like the Bank Robber Joker from the top of the pile.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ***
Articulation - **1/2
Accessories - ****
Outfit - ***1/2
Fun Factor - **1/2
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy -
You can check out one of these fine sponsors to pick them up:

- Sideshow has both the regular and exclusive wait listed right now.

- Dark Shadow has the regular for $82.

- CornerStoreComics has it for $90.

- or you can search ebay using the sponsor MyAuctionLinks.

Related Links -
There's been a ton of product this year:

- there was the recent Medicom Professor Jones Sr.

- one of my favorite new Indy collectibles is the Mighty Muggs from Hasbro, and I've reviewed waves 1, and 2. Of course, they've already been canceled.

- for the sixth scale collectors, I recently checked out the Hasbro mail away Ark.

- on the cute side, check out the Adventure Heroes.

- then there's the Kotobukiya Indy and Professor Jones Sr, the Blockbuster exclusive DVD case, the 12" German and Cairo Swordsman, as well as both 12" Hasbro Indy's.

- in the smaller scale, I looked at some of the deluxe two packs and several of the single pack figures, with a few more over at QSE.

- There's a number of cool Lego sets, including this one.

- Gentle Giant did a 7" version for the Disney parks.

- Disney has done a few other Indy figures, including this wave of small ones.

- and if you're looking for something a bit bigger, check out the very cool sixth scale Grail diary, or this sixth scale figure.

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Indiana Jones sixth scale 12 inch action figure from Sideshow Collectibles

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