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Lego Indiana Jones
Lego Indiana Jones logo.png
Sub‑themesRaiders of the Lost Ark
Temple of Doom
The Last Crusade
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
SubjectIndiana Jones
Licensed fromLucasfilm
Availability2008–2009
Total sets19[1]
CharactersColonel Dovchenko, Cairo Bandit, Cemetery Warriors, Indiana Jones, German Motorcyclist, German Guards, German Mechanic, German Pilot, Henry Jones Sr., Jock, Kazim, Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword guard, Marion Ravenwood, Pilot, Rene Belloq, Russian Guards, Satipo, Short Round, Swordsman, Willie Scott, Elsa Schneider, Lao Che, Kao Kan, Thuggee, Chief Thugee, Mola Ram, Mutt Williams, Irina Spalko, Ugha Warriors, Crystal Skull Skeletons, Conquistador Skeleton,
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Lego Indiana Jones (stylized as LEGO Indiana Jones) was a Lego theme based on the Indiana Jones film franchise, licensed from Lucasfilm. The exclusive franchise (for the 'Construction Category Rights') was first announced in June 2007,[2] and followed the successful Lego Star Wars franchise, also with Lucasfilm. The first set of products were launched in 2008, based upon two of the three earlier films (Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade). Sets featuring scenes from the fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, were released alongside the film, later in 2008. The Temple of Doom film was not featured until 2009, in a large set which re-created the mine-cart chase using new narrow-gauge Lego train track. In 2022, Lego Indiana Jones will be relaunched this year.[3]

The theme also features in a video game series. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures was released on June 3, 2008, based on the original trilogy. A sequel, called Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, was released in November 2009, including scenes from the new Kingdom of the Crystal Skull film, along with a level editor feature.

Overview[edit]

Lego Indiana Jones was based on the Indiana Jones film franchise. The product line focuses on the Indiana Jones, a globe-trotting archaeologist, vying with Nazi forces in 1936, to recover the long-lost Ark of the Covenant, a relic said to make an army invincible. Teaming up with his tough former lover Marion Ravenwood (Allen), Jones races to stop rival archaeologist Dr. René Belloq (Freeman) from guiding the Nazis to the Ark and its power.

Development[edit]

The development of the Indiana Jones Lego theme followed a similar process to other Lego themes, with sets being designed by Lego's team of designers in Billund, in consultation with franchise owner Lucasfilm. The inclusion of guns within the sets (including machine guns) was a cause of some internal controversy.[4]

Characters[edit]

Construction sets[edit]

According to Bricklink, The Lego Group released a total of 19 Lego sets and promotional polybags as part of Lego Indiana Jones theme.[1] The product line was eventually discontinued by the end of 2009.[6][7]

The initial wave of sets was released in 2008, Temple Escape (set number: 7623) was one of the biggest, and features the famous boulder chase scene from the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Measuring 53 cm long, the set included numerous 'booby traps' from the film, including shooting spears and tumbling rocks. As well as Indiana Jones himself, the set included minifigs of René Belloq and Satipo. Pilot Jock and his seaplane were also included as a late addition, with the Lego designer and Lucasfilm agreeing that they were an important addition to complete the scene (allowing Indy to escape).[8]

Two other medium-size sets released at the same time also featured scenes from the Lost Ark film. The Lost Tomb (set number: 7621) depicted a snake-filled tomb, which Indy must escape from, and Race for the Stolen Treasure (set number: 7622) depicted the chase scene from the film, with Indy riding a horse in pursuit of a truck.

Later in 2008, four sets were released featuring scenes from the new film. The biggest of these was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (7627), which focused on the final scene of the movie, and included a rotating circle of 'crystal skeletons', as well as the falling obelisk tower. The characters Mutt Williams, Irina Spalko and two Ugha Warriors were all included in minifig form, as well as Indy and an unnamed Russian soldier.

In 2009, the 'gap' of having no sets from The Temple of Doom was filled with two new sets featuring scenes from the film. The biggest of the two, The Temple of Doom (set number: 7199), included new narrower gauge (4-studs wide rather than the usual 6 studs) Lego train tracks in order to re-create the mine cart chase scene from the second half of the film. Six track piece were included in two shapes, four as curves and two as slopes. Straight track pieces for this new type of train track have not yet been released in any set.

The second-biggest set released in 2009 was Venice Canal Chase (set number: 7197), which depicts the boat chase scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The set includes two boats, one driven by Indy and Elsa Schneider, and the other driven by two Grail Guardians. The boats appear largely identical bar a few colour differences, but contain different button-activated actions - one boats splits in two when a button is pressed, the other one features an 'exploding' motor. The two Grail Guardian minifigs are notable for their dark red Fez hats, which is a new Lego element. The set also features a Venetian style bridge and an exploding pier.[9]

Products[edit]

Name Number Minifigures Released Film Pieces
Motorcycle Chase 7620 Indiana Jones, Henry Jones, Sr., German Motorcyclist 2008 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 79
The Lost Tomb 7621 Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, Skeleton 2008 Raiders of the Lost Ark 277
Race for the Stolen Treasure 7622 Indiana Jones, German Guards x2, Horse 2008 Raiders of the Lost Ark 272
Temple Escape 7623 Indiana Jones, Rene Belloq, Satipo, Jock, Skeleton x2 2008 Raiders of the Lost Ark 552
Jungle Duel 7624 Indiana Jones, Irina Spalko, Mutt Williams 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 90
River Chase 7625 Indiana Jones, Russian Guards x2, Marion Ravenwood 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 234
Jungle Cutter 7626 Indiana Jones, Colonel Dovchenko, Russian Guards x2 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 511
Temple of the Crystal Skull 7627 Indiana Jones, Mutt Williams, Irina Spalko, Russian Guard, Ugha Warriors x2, Crystal Skull Skeletons x2, Conquistador Skeleton 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 929
Peril in Peru 7628 Indiana Jones, Mutt Williams, Irina Spalko, Russian Guard, Pilot, Colonel Dovchenko 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 625
Jungle Cruiser 20004 Indiana Jones (no bag) 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 83
Shanghai Chase 7682 Indiana Jones (tuxedo), Willie Scott, Short Round, Lao Che, Kao Kan 2009 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 244
Fight on the Flying Wing 7683 Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, German Mechanic, German Pilot 2009 Raiders of the Lost Ark 376
Ambush in Cairo 7195 Indiana Jones (Cairo), Swordsman, Cairo Bandit, Marion Ravenwood 2009 Raiders of the Lost Ark 79
Chauchilla Cemetery Battle 7196 Indiana Jones, Mutt Williams, Cemetery Warriors x2 2009 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 189
Venice Canal Chase 7197 Indiana Jones (professor), Elsa Schneider, Kazim, Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword guard 2009 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 420
Fighter Plane Attack 7198 Indiana Jones (no bag), Henry Jones Sr., German Pilot 2009 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 339
The Temple of Doom 7199 Indiana Jones (Kali), Willie Scott (Kali), Short Round, Thuggee, Chief Thugee, Mola Ram 2009 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 654
Toy Fair Collectors Party 2008 Indiana Jones, Han solo 2008 Raiders of the Lost Ark ???
SDCC 08 Exclusive 20004 and Sheet with stickers of 7623 Indiana Jnes , x2 Ugha Warriors 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ???

Video games[edit]

In common with some of the other movie franchise Lego themes, Lego Indiana Jones also features spin-off video games. These combine scenes from the films with the graphic style of the Lego pieces and minifigures.

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (2008)[edit]

This was the first videogame released in the series, produced by Traveller's Tales and published by LucasArts in 2008.[10] It features scenes from the first three of the original Indiana Jones films, which can be played in any order.[11][12][13][14][15]

Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (2009)[edit]

This game was produced as a sequel to The Original Adventures, and includes scenes from the fourth film in the franchise (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), as well as all-new scenes from the three original films. The game also added a new level editor.[16][17][18][19][20]

Web short[edit]

A computer-animated short film, Lego Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick, directed by Peder Pedersen, was also released on the official Lego site. It combines details from all four Indiana Jones films in one adventure.[21][22]

Other media[edit]

Lego Ideas[edit]

A project based on Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark – 40th Anniversary was uploaded to the Lego Ideas site on January 11, 2021 and it was created by Simon Scott reached 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas in order for Lego to consider to make it into an official set. The project is based on Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark – 40th Anniversary from the Raiders of the Lost Ark film.[23][24]

Reception[edit]

The Indiana Jones sets proved to be one of the most popular Lego themes, and by the end of 2008 were credited, along with Lego Star Wars, of boosting the Lego Group's profits within a stagnant toy market. The product line was said to have "sold extremely well - especially on the North American market."[25] The sets were occasionally compared to those of the discontinued Lego Adventurers label (which was strongly influenced in its own right by the Indiana Jones franchise), which ran from 1998 to 2003.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Schwartz, Nelson D. (5 September 2009). "Turning to Hollywood tie-ins, Lego thinks beyond the brick". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
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  6. ^ "Six licensed LEGO themes that ended way too soon". Brick Fanatics. 8 October 2021.
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  11. ^ "Games". www.feralinteractive.com. Archived from the original on 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2021-06-26.
  12. ^ "SDCC 07: LEGO Indiana Jones: The Video Game". IGN.com. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
  13. ^ Video confirming Indiana Jones Archived 2009-05-10 at the Wayback Machine at GameTrailers
  14. ^ Jensen, Jeff (August 8, 2008). "Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 24, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  15. ^ "LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Available Fall 2009)". toysnbricks.com. 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 2021-01-18. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  16. ^ "New LEGO Games". Brickset. Archived from the original on 2021-06-26. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  17. ^ "LEGO Indiana Jones 2 Arriving This Fall". 27 October 2009. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  18. ^ "LucasArts Press Release". 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  19. ^ "Feral Support | LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues". support.feralinteractive.com. Archived from the original on 2021-04-13. Retrieved 2021-06-26.
  20. ^ LEGO Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick. March 4, 2009. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ "Latest Lego mini-movie bows on Cartoon Network". Archived from the original on 2021-05-03. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  22. ^ "INDIANA JONES, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - 40TH ANNIVERSARY". Ideas.lego.com. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  23. ^ "Indiana Jones and the belated anniversary LEGO Ideas project". Brick Fanatics. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
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