Conceptual Indiana Jones Micro Collection Figure
Yep, Kenner had big plans for the Micro Collection. Around 1982, the company was fast at work developing the Star Wars Micro line; they were investing a lot of money in it and they seem to have been confident that it would be at least marginally successful. Around that same time, Kenner was developing another Lucasfilm property-- their Adventures of Indiana Jones line. Like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark had been received as an instant classic, and there were more film installments on the way. So it's logical to assume that several options were explored for the Kenner Indy toy line.

The Micro figure you see above on the right is one of the few pieces of evidence proving that an Indy Micro Collection line was at least considered. Those of you with sharp eyes will notice that the figure is nothing more than an early Micro figure prototype (for more information on this prototype, click here) with a few modifications made to it. The hat was apparently sculpted onto the head in wax and a "whip" thread was added to the saber hilt. Some paint completed the transformation. It's actually an ingenious little thing.

Needless to say, the Star Wars Micro line was received poorly and the Indy figure line never really took off. Thus, all plans for Indy Micro Collection toys were scrapped. However, Todd also owns a slide showing some other conceptual Indy figures. One appears to be a modified Luke figure from the Hoth Wampa Cave set. Todd speculates that it was meant to represent Indy as he's lying on the ground, being dragged behind the Nazi truck. I've also seen photos of a large presentation board with illustrations of some of the proposed Indy playsets and their action features. Of course, the giant boulder that nearly squashes Indy at the outset of Raiders was among these features.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Todd Chamberlain
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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