Time Capsule Thursdays - The Adventures Of Indiana Jones Toy Line (1982)

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The Adventures Of Indiana Jones Toy Line (1982)

Indiana Jones came from the same mind that created Star Wars and while the character is popular across the world, his merchandising tie ins never seemed to take off in the way that the space saga from George Lucas did. There has been Indiana Jones merchandise over the years from posters, t-shirts, and other items but when it comes to toys he just never did well at retail.  Kenner did certainly try in 1982, yes a year after the film hit theaters due to the fact no one had picked up the liscence, with a line that included four figures in the initial series.  The figures included Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, Cairo Swordsman, and Toht.  There was also a mail away figure offer for Belloq in Ceremonial Robes.  Along with the four figures came two playsets, The Well Of The Souls and The Map Room.  Kenner would release a second series in 1983 that included Indiana Jones in German Uniform, Belloq, Sallah, and German Mechanic.  A third playset, Streets Of Cairo was released as well as the Arabian Horse, and the Desert Convoy Truck.  Belloq in Ceremonial Robes was shown on card backs but never released carded contrary to belief and the samples that are out there are either custom made or product samples that are extremely rare and worth quite a bit today.  The line also included a single 12 inch scale figure of Indiana Jones as well.  Today the Indiana Jones figures are highly sought after even in loose form.  LJN would attempt a line based on Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom a couple of years later and Kenner would return to the line in 2008.  Those we will look at in future Time Capsules!