Max Factory’s Figma Indiana Jones figure came as an unexpected surprise. Given that most figures are revealed at either a major industry toy show or a comic convention, Indy’s “oh by the way” announcement on the Figma blog seemed a bit lackluster in this era of promotion and hype. Promotional strategies aside, if you own any Figma figures, you know what you’re getting with Indy. If this is your first Figma figure, you’re in for a bit of a surprise–in more ways than one.
Nothing Surprises me; I’m a Scientist.
Indy comes packaged in a window box with an art style that should be familiar to anyone who’s purchased an Indiana Jones collectible in the last few years. The sides and back of the box show Indy posed with a few of the included accessories. Inside the box are two plastic trays that house the figure and accessories, with the smaller of the two trays in the back securing Indy’s uncoiled whip. If you’ve never removed a Figma figure from the box, you’ll be surprised to see a number of accessories that weren’t in the visible portion of the window. This includes a storage bar for the unused of switch-out hands, a stand with articulated arm and a resealable plastic bag, in which to store all the unused accessories. I always thought the inclusion of these extra “goodies” was a nice touch on Figma’s part.
It’s not the Years, Honey. It’s the Mileage.
Standing in at right around six inches tall, Indy is hyper-articulated with ball-hinged shoulders and hips, and double hinged elbows and knees. The engineering results in a good balance of articulation and aesthetic. The hips are particularly well done with a flexible plastic used on the torso to hide the articulation point that still allows for extended poseability. My only complaints regarding the overall aesthetic is the large gap between where the jacket and shoulders meet and the sculpted belt, as I would have preferred a removable belt and holster.
Indy’s head sculpt is a lot better than I expected. The likeness is very much Harrison Ford. In fact, it is a better likeness than Hasbro’s 6-inch Han Solo figure. Here’s where things get a little strange. You can remove Indy’s fedora, not to display the figure sans hat, but to remove the figure’s “faceplate” and replace the eyes. That’s right, Indy has replaceable eyes. Surprise! What’s strange is that the included-switch out eyes are identical to the ones already on the figure. My understanding is that the rationale for the additional eyes is to ensure you get a perfectly painted set of lookers. With the fedora and faceplate removed and only the eyes in place, Indy reminds me of a scene from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure best summed up by the quote “…tell ’em Large Marge sent ya.” The switch-out eyes are an awkward concept, but they do show Max Factory’s commitment to quality.
Throw me Idol, I’ll Throw you the Whip!
As he should be, Indy is loaded with accessories. Besides his trusty pistol and whip, which comes in two flavors–coiled (which can be clipped to Indy’s belt) and uncoiled, Indy includes the Golden Fertility Idol, Sankara Stone and Holy Grail. There are 5 sets of switch-out hands, some of which are specifically designed to hold a corresponding accessory. For example, the pistol hand has a finger that fits on the trigger, the whip hands can grip the uncoiled whip (which, by the way, is articulated in two places), and there are larger hands made for holding the artifacts. The hands can be used in any combination, however, I found that wrist joint tend to be loose and weak, and the hands often slip out of the wrist socket. It’s a common problem with Figma figures that I believe can be corrected by putting grooves on the wrist pegs.
It’s a Leap of Faith.
Max Factory’s Figma Indiana Jones is a solid figure, albeit an expensive acquisition for anyone used to paying $20 for 6-inch figures. You do, however, get what you pay for. The combination of articulation and aesthetic is fantastic, the paint applications are flawless, and the figure is loaded with accessories including a stand. While domestic e-tailers in the U.S. are charging around $60 for the figure, you can import if from any number of reputable Japanese e-commerce sites that specialize in exporting to the U.S. for around $45 shipped. If you’re an Indiana Jones fan and the sixth-scale Sideshow and Hot Toys figures are not your thing, this is the perfect figure to add to your collection.