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Indiana Jones and the Adventure of LEGO Minifigs

When “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was first released, I was still in grade school. I remember sitting in the back seat of my mother’s old (yes, even old by that day’s standards) Volkswagen Rabbit and being told that while she and Dad would be seeing the new movie in theaters, my brothers and I would not. I guess there were scenes which might have frightened us – like when Toht’s face melts away and Belloq explodes when they open the Ark. Yeah, that was kinda spooky.

I do believe I was given permission to watch Raiders when it ran on television (under adult supervision, of course). Certainly, I had seen the first Indiana Jones movie before the second one (“Temple of Doom”) came out of Hollywood. A group of boys from school and I went to see it together with my mom acting as chaperone. Can’t say I was all that impressed with the Indy sequel, though. There were certainly a few exciting parts – like the white-knuckle mine cart chase – but I wouldn’t say that it’d be my type of adventure movie. The corresponding MAD Magazine parody (“Inbanana Jones”) was funny, though.

Then, there was “The Last Crusade.” I wound up seeing this in theaters a few times, actually – it was easily my favorite of the three Indiana Jones movies that had been produced to that point. I enjoyed the score, the characters, the plot, and the mythology. It was a bit depressing to think that this would be the last time I’d know anything of Indiana Jones on screen.

I did catch a good part of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles when it ran on television (but don’t remember seeing every episode in the series). To me, Harrison Ford was Indiana Jones – young or old. And older he certainly is in “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Ancient astronaut theories continue to tickle the imagination – and though the Skull plot would seem far fetched for some, I was one of the few who liked it. The Indiana Jones characters seem to live in a parallel universe, anyway – their history unfolds much like ours, but who can say whether or not this piece of their history is closer to our truth? The Nazca Lines exist, the Mitchell-Hedges skull exists, and we certainly did nuclear testing in the southwest.

Well, let’s hope that LEGO exists in Indiana Jones’s universe, too (even if his own brick likeness does not):

Thanks for taking a small bite out of my Amazon wish list! Later, I happened to receive a rather stark (no gun, no whip) Indiana Jones, Mutt, and an Irina Spalko minifig – though recording a separate video for them seemed to be a bit odd after I did this one.

At least I can say I’ve held a crystal skull… made of plastic!

Indiana Jones Deleted Scene

Are you an Indiana Jones fan? Come on, admit it – you’ve secretly dressed up in that sexy brown outfit and carried around a whip a few times, haven’t you? What geek guy doesn’t wish they were in Indy’s boots?

I tend to see interesting content built around the ideals of Indiana Jones on a regular basis. Some of them stand head and shoulders above others, as is the case with this short video – directed by Travis Kurtz and starring Mark Christopher Lawrence (from NBCs “Chuck”).

After being falsely imprisoned for ten years, Uncle Matin is reunited with his family and friends where they beg him to do his infamous sword trick. Perhaps he shouldn’t have given in to their demands.

I have it on good authority that there’s an almost-new sword for sale. Anyone interested in bidding on it?

Corey Vidal and Me

Corey Vidal and Me

I recognized his face right away, but I couldn’t quite place it.

“Where have I seen you before?”

He’s, like… one of the most talented people on the face of the planet. Certainly, more talented than me (and that doesn’t take much, admittedly). If the name “Corey Vidal” doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps “An a cappella Tribute to John Williams” will.

And if you haven’t seen the video yet, it’s up for a People’s Choice Award this year – for a very good reason. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Jaws, ET… or any of John Williams’s compositions, then you’re going to fall in love with Corey (in a strictly platonic way).

Corey’s apparently on Twitter, too – so start following him there to find out what he’ll do next.

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You could say I’m an Indiana Jones fan. Heck, I even watched the old “Young Indiana Jones” television show. So of course, I’m excited for the release of the newest movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The plot promises: “Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.” Yeah… I can’t wait to see this. It comes out in theaters on May 22nd, 2008.

But the movie alone isn’t why I’m doing this video. Check out this announcement from one of my favorite websites, IconFactory:

For the past 6 months, artist Anthony Piraino has been crafting all new icons for Indy’s return to the big screen, and so we’re kicking off May with a re-release of Anthony’s original Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark™ collection, now with beautiful large resources for Mac OS X Leopard and Windows Vista. Indy’s bullwhip, trademark fedora and treasures never looked so good! In addition, the CandyBar iContainer sports a fun custom dock, and Dave Brasgalla has worked up a special Indy desktop picture perfect for armchair archaeologists.

We invite you to visit the Iconfactory’s Indiana Jones™ home page to preview and download each film’s icon collection throughout the month of May. Then be sure to grab your ticket for the hottest show in town, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull™ coming to theaters everywhere May 22nd. We hope you enjoy this Iconfactory special event. The adventure is just beginning!

That’s right, folks. You can download these awesome Indiana Jones icons right to your desktop!

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