Saturday, 18 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Ultimate Quarter Scale Indiana Jones

When Kingdom of the Crystal Skull debuted on the big screen in 2008, the merchandising world was lit on fire by a sudden rush of making Indiana Jones toys for all kinds of markets. In this case, an Ultimate Quarter Scale figure

The first pictures were shown at SDCC 2008 and was released later that year. The figure itself comes in this oversized window box like an old 12 inch action figure. Inside the window, we can see the figure posed with the whip, the stand, the gun and the hat.

On the back of the box, we have a run down of the character's history and a bio, as per in universe. It talks about all his adventures as a youth up until Raiders. 

Indy comes in a bubble attached to the inner tray. On it, we can see all the accessories that were obscured by the box, which are the coiled whip and the extra set of hands, one of which in a trigger finger pose, the other in a fist.

Indy uses Diamond Select Toys Men of Honor body, which gives him a much better degree of articulation than most 1/6th or 1/4 scale figures can accomplish and with this new body, he has much more realistic proportions. However, the joints are really tight and do need working to get him in any sort of pose that isn't awkward looking. 

Diamond did a great job of sculpting Indy's face and hair. It seems to be that Harrison Ford is one of those faces that doesn't seem to translate well into plastic, however, Diamond got everything down, from the crooked nose to that classic smirk and even the scar on his chin. The reason it looks a little larger than life is that it has to fit the plastic hat.

Indy's right hand is permanently sculpted in this semi open look, designed to hold the golden Fertility Idol. The whip is sculpted to fit the slightly open hand and can't leave the hand, except with some force. His other hand is sculpted in the trigger finger pose and is designed to have the revolver fit the hand. Sadly, this isn't Sideshow or Hot Toys. The gun is oversized and doesn't function at all, being a large piece of plastic

The final hand he comes with is a fist. The figure stands around 19 inches in height and comes dressed in real cloth and pleather clothes. The shirt and pants are cloth. The jacket, holster and belt are pleather. The whip, hat, boots and gun are all plastic. One of the things that makes this stand out is that it it has sounds. Pushing the button on the waist makes him say:
  • "Snakes, why'd it have to be snakes?"
  • "I don't know, I'm making this up as I go!"
  • "Marion, don't look at it......shut your eyes Marion.....don't look at it no matter what happens"

The main things missing are the shoulder bag, which Indy is known for and other accessories like the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra, gloved hands, the Browning Hi-Power pistol maybe. The other things to note is that the jacket is closer to black than the dark brown. This figure is on the cheaper end of the large scale figures scale and it shows. this figure isn't going to challenge Sideshow or Hot Toys in any shape or form.