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"IF ADVENTURE HAS A NAME --
IT MUST BE INDIANA JONES!"

For whatever reason, when "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" was released in 1984 the toy licensing had been passed from Kenner to LJN. With the introduction of this new company came both improvements on and shortcomings to the previous line of toys. This time around the Indiana Jones action figure actually looked like Harrison Ford, and his outfit had a baggier appearance which was truer to the films. His weapons had a more realistic look and his hat was removeable, although this only meant that kids would eventually be playing with a hatless Indy. While these figures were more solidly built than Kenner's, they lost the articulation at the knees, which greatly reduced playability. The number of characters available in the series was

also a disappointment. Besides Indiana Jones, there were only two other figures for kids to choose from, Mola Ram and the Giant Thuggee. Versions of Willie Scott and Short Round were planned, and even pictured on the back of the figures' packaging, but sadly never made it into the production stage. Absolutely no playsets were created in this line and Indy was forced to walk everywhere because vehicles were also nonexistent.

Despite a better looking Indy figure, the LJN line was considered a big step down from what Kenner had created. And unfortunately, these three figures would be all anyone would see of Indiana Jones in toy form for some 17 years.


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