If you've seen the film, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, you probably remember the scene in which Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) have traveled to South America after being convinced by Mutt to go look for his former mentor (who also happened to be a good friend of Indy as well). Mutt wants to go to South America to find his mentor (played by John Hurt) because not only is he a friend, he's also somebody he looked up to and even thought of as a father (Indy doesn‘t know that Mutt is his son, as well as Mutt doesn't know either).
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Well Mutt tells Indy that his friend Professor Oxley (John Hurt) went to South America to look for the mystical Crystal Skulls. Indy agrees (reluctantly) to go down. The two retrace the Profs' journey, which leads them to an ancient burial ground. They run into a couple scary looking warriors (played by Ernie Reyes Jr. and Nito Larioza). Indy and Mutt at first believe the local legends that they are spirits guarding the grounds. They first believe that there is only one warrior stalking them, but then realize it's two identically dressed warriors playing a game of "cat-and-mouse".
FIGURE DESIGN and ARTICULATION...
The Cemetery Warrior is a nicely detailed figure that pretty much resembles the two warriors who are protecting the burial grounds. The figures are dressed in brownish/grey tattered clothing and wear a skeleton mask. Hasbro did a nice job in adding some texture to the pants of the figure, giving the pants a "linen" look. The ends of the clothing are "torn" looking and Hasbro added some grayish paint splotches around the edges for an additional worn/dirty look.
The skeleton mask is glued over the face of the figure. You can look through the eye sockets of the mask and see the eyes of the figure. Very nice. Hasbro could have just painted the eyes on the mask, but instead they were thinking this time around. With the exception of the inability to remove the mask.
The figure comes with two accessories. A removable satchel is included as well as blowgun that the characters used in the film to shoot poison darts at Mutt and Indy. The accessories are nice, except for the blowgun is a little too flexible. It bends to easy. It should have been made from a stiffer plastic in my opinion, and suffers the same problem as the Grail Knights sword from Wave 3.
This particular figure has a high level of articulation as well. 22 points of articulation are included (5 points in each arm and leg, then a point in the waist and neck) I am disappointed with the non-removable mask. In the film, Indy removes the mask of one of the Warriors and reveals their identity. In the film, the natives believe that these warriors are spirits and that they haunt the cemetery.. Indy reveals that they are just protectors of the burial grounds. Human protectors.
Durability of the figure matches all the other figures released this year. The same plastic is used, and for the body of the shirt the same rubbery-plastic is used, giving the clothes a more "life-like" look. The satchel included is made from the same material as the shirt.
As with all the figures released this year, the Cemetery Warrior comes with a "Hidden Relic" packaged in a replica crate. This particular figure comes with a crate marked with "TOP SECRET Army Intel 9906332 Do Not Open". In this crate, Hasbro has packaged an artifact and a sticker to mail in to redeem an exclusive action figure. To see details about the mail-in figure CLICK HERE! or visit Hasbro's website.
The "Hidden Relic" included with this figure is a Funerary Mask that has no significance to any film in the Indiana Jones series, but it's a nice addition to the action figure line, allowing for more customized gameplay.
The included "crate' also is small enough to tuck underneath the various figures arms, especially those with a high amount of articulation. You can make your figures look like they are carrying the crate. Sounds silly, but it does add to the playability of the figures.
I really enjoy this action figure and I wished that Hasbro would have thought a little more about making the skeleton mask removable. The mask is small, but it could have been done. Hasbro could have made a removable head as well and interchange it like McFarlane Toys did with the Ninja figure in their Metal Gear-Solid action figure line several years ago. This problem would be minor, if the mask functionality would not be directly related with a scene from the film.
Also there is a discrepancy with the packaging. The back of the package tells about the scene involving the Cemetery Warriors hunting Mutt and Indy. It talks about a "trio of skull-faced warriors". I only remember their being two warriors ambushing Indy and Mutt. Also most internet sites (including IMDb) only have two actors credited in the roles. I guess I will have to wait until the DVD comes out in the next couple months to find out.
Also several websites selling this product are also claiming that the mask is "removable". This is not correct. The mask is NOT removable. Unless you want to damage the face and hairline of the figure.
Indiana Jones (Wave 2: Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull)
(Made in China)
Hasbro 3 ¾" Indiana Jones Action Figures 2008
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Indiana Jones (w/ Golden Idol)
Indiana Jones (w/ Crystal Skull)
Indiana Jones (w/ Rocket Launcher)
Indiana Jones (w/ Sub-Machine Gun)
Indiana Jones Films
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008)
Topps Indiana Jones Trading Cards
Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Movie Photo Cards [Hobby Edition]
© COPYRIGHT 2008 Chris_Billings
Amount Paid (US$): 6.99
Type of Toy: Action Figure
Age Range of Child: Whole Family