Almost four decades ago, the world was introduced to Indiana Jones as he ventured into the Temple of Doom, solidifying his status as an enduring cinematic icon. Accompanying the film’s release was a poster that became equally iconic, featuring Indy silhouetted against a blazing orange backdrop as he gazes into the dark abyss of the temple’s entrance. Fast forward to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, where Gentle Giant LTD unveiled an exclusive statue paying homage to this classic film and its unforgettable poster. Collider is thrilled to provide an official glimpse of this premium collectible. As part of the Premier Collection from Gentle Giant, fans can start pre-ordering this masterpiece starting Thursday, September 21 at 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET.
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The statue meticulously recreates every detail from the “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” poster. From Indy’s ruggedly torn shirt to his trusty whip and machete, every aspect has been faithfully reproduced. Beside him stands a weathered, vine-covered pillar, framing the fearless adventurer as he prepares to embark on yet another thrilling quest. Standing at an impressive 15 inches in height, this intricately detailed 1/7 scale figure includes a numbered certificate of authenticity, packaged in a full-color collector’s box. Priced at $300, this treasure may demand a significant investment, but Gentle Giant is renowned for delivering premium collectibles, with a wide array of Star Wars and Marvel offerings in their catalog.
While “Temple of Doom” may not hold the same level of affection as its predecessor “Raiders of the Lost Ark” or its follow-up “The Last Crusade,” it played a pivotal role in the evolution of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s adventure franchise starring Harrison Ford. Taking a darker turn, the film still left an indelible mark with memorable moments as Indy ventured to India in pursuit of the mystical Sankara stone. It also introduced audiences to the beloved, albeit sometimes controversial, character of Short Round, portrayed by Ke Huy Quan, who has recently experienced a resurgence in his career with an exceptional Oscar-winning performance in “Everything Everywhere All At Once” and the anticipation of “Loki Season 2.”
Indiana Jones’ Final Adventure
This year marked the conclusion of Indiana Jones’ adventures with James Mangold’s “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” In an attempt to provide a fitting farewell to Ford’s iconic character after the mixed reception of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” the film saw the intrepid archaeologist battling Nazis once more in a race to secure the titular dial, which could alter the course of history. Alongside Indy was Phoebe Waller-Bridge, portraying Dr. Jones’s goddaughter, and their antagonist, Jürgen Voller, portrayed with captivating villainy by Mads Mikkelsen.
While this final adventure featured plenty of nostalgia and thrilling sequences, such as a ride through the Apollo-11 ticker tape parade, it faced challenges at the box office and received mixed reviews from both critics and audiences. Nevertheless, Indiana Jones’ legacy endures. Disney recently announced a significant expansion of its theme park offerings, featuring Indiana Jones among other beloved IPs like Frozen and Encanto. The legacy of this iconic franchise continues to thrive through collectibles, re-releases, and celebrations of its enduring impact.
Gentle Giant’s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” Premier Collection statue is limited to just 1,000 pieces, making it a coveted addition to any collection. Orders are expected to ship in Q2 2024. Explore a selection of images showcasing this remarkable statue below.