Just in! Indiana Jones is about to emerge from the Temple of Doom

The availability of an exclusive Indiana Jones figure by Sideshow Collectibles has just been announced, and we’ve got the scoop on it. What were you when Steven Spielberg’s classic 1984 action-adventure Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom came out? Whether you didn’t exist yet, were but a wee babe or were lucky to be old enough to appreciate the hype, any fan will totally dig this 12-inch, 1/6 scale figure by Sideshow!

The inimitably clever and dashingly handsome archaeologist (as played by Harrison Ford) gets a screen-accurate makeover here, sporting the khaki shirt, trousers and fedora fit for a world-traveling professor. To excavate and conquer the infamous Temple of Doom, Dr. Jones is armed with his bullwhip, pistol and machete — and bien sûr, because he’s tasked with saving an entire village from imminent peril. The truly brave and courageous are few, but the rugged hero Indiana Jones is one of them, proven in how he successfully retrieves the previously pilfered Sankara Stones. And if that’s not enough, he manages to stop the villain Mola Ram while impressing his chosen lady, all in just under two hours. Phew. If we were that productive, maybe we wouldn’t be selling action figures.

Of course, we jest, because as purveyors of fine action figures, we know we hold an esteemable and enviable position in the hierarchy of nerds. But what we’re trying to say with all of this chitter-chatter is this — Indy will be shipping out in December of this year, and you better stake your claim now!

*A$AP Mob voice* Bones. I got hella bones.

*A$AP Mob voice* Bones. I got hella bones.

Indiana Jones 12” Figure by SIDESHOW

Based on Raiders of the Lost Ark, this might be the ultimate Indiana Jones figure. A collaboration by SIDESHOW and HOT TOYS, it’s a stunning rendering of Harrison Ford at his best as the daring adventurer. The likeness is honestly incredible–you need to see it up-close to really get how good this thing is.

The figure is in-stock now and features the classic Sideshow “list of awesome features”. Check this out:

* Authentic, detailed, fully realized likeness of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in ‘Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark’
* Newly developed, hand-painted head sculpt with Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS)
* Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles, skin texture and beard
* Two (2) hair styles, including one (1) for wearing fedora and one (1) for wearing headscarf
* Stands approximately 30 cm tall
* Muscular body with over 30 points of articulation
* Five (5) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
* One (1) pair of faux-leather gloved fists
* One (1) pair of faux-leather gloved palms for holding pistols
* One (1) pair of relaxed palms
* One (1) pair of fists
* One (1) pair for holding pistols
* Two (2) sets of clothing including:
* Style 1:
* One (1) faux-leather brown jacket with zip and pouches
* One (1) khaki shirt with pouches
* One (1) pair of khaki pants
* One (1) brown fabric belt
* One (1) faux-leather brown belt with buckle for linking to whip and pistol holster
* One (1) brown fedora
* Style 2:
* One (1) one-piece beige Arab garb with waistband
* One (1) white headscarf
* One (1) pair of nude shorts under pants
* One (1) pair of black socks
* One (1) pair of faux-leather brown short boots
* Two (2) pistols including one (1) with faux-leather holster
* One (1) authentic leather whip for matching with style 1 costume
* One (1) Staff of Ra with Headpiece for matching with style 2 costume
* One (1) shoulder bag with venting details
* One (1) sand bag
* One (1) electroplated golden Fertility Idol
* One (1) pedestal
* One (1) journal made of authentic paper
* Figure stand with Indiana Jones nameplate and movie logo
* Double-sided movie-accurate backdrop
* Figure stage with metal plate movie logo and MMS DX series title

Sideshow Presents: HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE

One of the most enduring images from the Star Wars franchise is Han Solo suspended between life and death, trapped in Carbonite. And now, Sideshow Collectibles–creators of what might be the best-looking, highest-qualilty figure and statues out there–has brought the frozen Han from the silver screen to your display shelf.

As usual, each piece is hand-painted and numbered and every detail is captured perfectly. Impressively, the statue also includes some great light-up effects including a light from the base to illuminate the block itself, side-panel lights and an awesome third effect that lights up to simulate the super-heated melting process that frees Han. You can also take the frozen smuggler off the base and display him on your wall. This piece is a pre-order and will be shipping in the 4th quarter of this year! Reserve yours now!

Indiana Jones: IDOL PIGGY BANK

Big Indy fan? Then you might want to grab your sandbag and swap it out for one of these babies…

It might not be worth its weight in gold, but if you’ve got some cash on hand, you can store it in this Golden Fertility Idol bank from Diamond Collectibles. Taken from one of the most iconic scenes in the Indiana Jones franchise–perhaps even in cinema in general–it’s a great addition to any fan’s display shelf and looks just brilliant in both colour and design.

COMING SOON: Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology!

Located in Montreal? If you’re not, then I think you ought to consider making it a vacation destination in…oh, let’s say April 2011?

Why?

Because on April 28th, Lucasfilm is launching INDIANA JONES AND THE ADVENTURE OF ARCHAEOLOGY, a massive exhibit that brings real-life relics together with the props and costumes from the hugely popular film franchise. It’s the first time something like this has ever been mounted and it’s sure to be big. The National Post has the full story.

For the past thirty years, audiences around the world have followed Indiana Jones on his quests for treasure, adventure, fortune and glory. And now, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, a redefined modern exhibition experience, is coming to a museum near you. This innovative exhibition,made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd., presented by the National Geographic Society and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, will feature fascinating artefacts from the National Geographic Society and the Penn Museum, along with an extensive collection of Indiana Jones film materials from the Lucasfilm Archives. This first-of-its kind touring exhibition will be presented in twelve world-class institutions in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The world premiere run will be held at the Montreal Science Centre, starting April 28, 2011.

Kyra Bowling, Exhibits Manager at Lucasfilm Ltd., is pleased to see that “Dr. Jones has found his way to the museum and accompanies visitors on their very own adventure into the science of field archaeology.” Bowling adds, “The Indiana Jones films have entertained generations of audiences and this exhibition provides a wonderful way to merge that on-screen excitement with the science of archaeology to help inspire learning in a fun, dynamic way.”

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology not only features a vast and exclusive collection of Indy props, models, concept art and set designs, it also presents a wealth of historical and cultural facts. The internationally renowned University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, otherwise known as the Penn Museum, is providing genuine archaeological artefacts and educational material. The National Geographic Society, the exhibition’s global presenting partner, also shares artefacts, photos, videos and content from its impressive and historic archive.

“This exhibition is an exciting journey into the real world of archaeology,” says Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic’s Archaeology Fellow. “This is the perfect opportunity to introduce audiences of all ages to this fascinating scientific field through the inspiration of these highly popular films. It is a natural for National Geographic.”

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology transforms the museum experience into a multimedia and interactive adventure. Visitors will be immersed in the world of Indiana Jones, an environment created by state-of-the-art technology and spanning over 1,000 square metres. Equipped with a video companion, visitors will embark on a quest to uncover the true origins of archaeological mysteries. Charged with comprehensive educational content, photos and videos, the interactive hand-held devices will guide visitors on the “Indy Trail” and through the various archaeological zones. Visitors will also have the ability to create their own adventure with an interactive quest.

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology will elucidate myths associated with relics like the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail and explore mythical places such as Akator or Mayapore. The exhibition also will shed light on how archaeologists really work on projects such as deciphering ancient scripts and discovering the true origins of the mysterious Nasca lines in southern Peru. With Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, visitors will discover where fact meets fiction.

A Team of Experts

In order to create a new kind of museum experience, one that will engage, educate and entertain visitors in innovative ways, X3 Productions has not only put its creative expertise to work, it has also gathered a team of world-renowned specialists. With their recognized knowledge in academic and field archaeology Drs. Michel Fortin and Fredrik Hiebert have helped to create and develop the exhibition’s educational content. With a specialty in Near Eastern archaeology, Fortin is a Full Professor of Archaeology who has been teaching in the Department of History at Université Laval in Quebec City for nearly three decades. He has led numerous excavation teams in the Middle East and is a true ambassador to his profession. A world-renowned archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow, Hiebert is a field expert who has searched for human history in some of the world’s most remote and exotic places. His experience in both North and South America and across Asia is ideal for this project. The team is further supported by Shirley Reiff Howarth, director of the Humanities Exchange in Montreal, whose expertise in travelling exhibitions and museum curation has proven to be a great asset in the development of this project.

Archaeology and Local Treasures

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology sets the wheels in motion not only to inspire, but most importantly to cultivate a lasting interest in archaeology. The world abounds with treasures, some of which can be found in our own backyard. The exhibition is designed in such a way that the last gallery is dedicated to local archaeology, allowing the host museum to feature some of its prized collections. For its world premiere in Montreal, artefacts from the Archaeology Collection of the City of Montreal will be on display.

To learn more, visit the Official Site or check it out on FACEBOOK to keep up with all the news!

Plus, here’s a look at the trailer!

Indiana Jones: 3 Hits and a Miss with Shia LaBoeuf

I was among the millions who paid to see Indiana Jones 4 based on my love for the character and his previous films, only to be disappointed by the movie and downright appalled by that ridiculous ending. It was really a shame that the movie was so bad because with Spielberg in the director’s seat and the impressive cast it had roped in, they could have made something really special. It almost felt like a betrayal really, when Harrison Ford, Shia LaBoeuf, Cate Blanchett and other members of the crew came out to tell us what a brilliant picture it was. But now LaBoeuf has come out with the truth and it’s pretty surprising all things considered.

Here’s the word from Geek Tyrant‘s Venkman…

I think I have a new found respect for Shia Labeouf. As you know Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a let down for most Indiana Jones fans. But, you might be surprised to know that LeBeouf who played Mutt in the movie didn’t really care for it all that much either.

During a press conference at the Cannes film festival while promoting Wall: Street: Money Never Sleeps, he let what he really thinks about Indiana Jones 4 fly, without holding anything back, he criticizes the movie, himself and the filmmakers. I gotta say, I’m pretty surprised by some of his comments but I agree 100% with him. And he starts off with…

I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished…If I was going to do it twice, my career was over. So this was fight-or-flight for me.

He then addressed the audience that helped contribute to the movies $780 million dollar box-office take and explains that he was not happy with the film.

I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made (slop). And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie…We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn’t universally accepted….We need to be able to satiate the appetite. I think we just misinterpreted what we were trying to satiate.

LaBeouf then criticizes himself even further bringing up the monkey swinging saying,

You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg, who directed]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it. So that’s my fault. Simple.

I understand a lot of people including myself didn’t care for this Mutt character in the film. But the movie didn’t suck because of Mutt, it was just an all-around incredibly sloppy film. The ball was dropped all over the place, from the writing to the special effects, and the outcome was just a really weak and disappointing film.

So what would Spielberg think of what LaBeouf is saying about his film? He didn’t seem to care, and he held his ground and opinion saying,

I’ll probably get a call. But he needs to hear this. I love him. I love Steven. I have a relationship with Steven that supersedes our business work. And believe me, I talk to him often enough to know that I’m not out of line. And I would never disrespect the man. I think he’s a genius, and he’s given me my whole life. He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.

Boom. So there ya have it. How honest can ya get? It’s nice to see actors own up to their mistakes, and for LaBeouf to tell it how it is, has given me a new found respect for him.

Now, over at CmdStore.com we’ve got a couple of Indiana Jones figures and toys, from all four movies. Hopefully, if you’re looking for something to reignite your love of the franchise, some Sideshow figures or LEGO sets can help more than the inevitable fifth flick.

Lego Indiana Jones: Venice Canal Chase #7197

I remember sitting down to watch The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, based on the massively successful and brilliantly-written comics by Alan Moore. Unfortunately, the film was not nearly so intelligent and I was sorely disappointed by…essentially every aspect except for Sean Connery. But even with Connery, I was just happy to have him in the film and I can’t say he did anything particularly exemplary. But the point here is that one of the most head-scratching portions of it is the 19th century car chase through the streets of Venice. Even writing it seems wrong. And that’s why I’m pleased to say that the LEGO Indiana Jones below got it right just by using boats.

Escaping through the canals of Venice with the map to the Holy Grail, Indy and Elsa are chased by a secret order of guardians sworn to prevent the Grail from being discovered! Are a collapsing pier and a blast-apart boat enough to get them out of danger? Includes Indiana Jones, Dr. Elsa Schneider and 2 Grail Guardian figures.

* Recreate the exciting adventure from the movie The Last Crusade!
* Includes 4 minifigures: Indiana Jones, Dr. Elsa Schneider and 2 Grail Guardian figures!
* Features a collapsing bridge, breakable boat bottom, exploding motor, and secret manhole hiding place!
* Each boat measures 6¾ inches (17.1cm) long!

Reading a couple reviews, this one seems like a solid set for young and old alike, getting 5-stars left and right! It definitely has a lot more potential interactivity to it than a lot of the sets, coming with multiple characters, two boats for racing and boasting the Indiana Jones brand that can generally be assumed to mean “totally awesome” regardless of where it’s applied. Check this one out for sure.