Lego and LucasFilm announced a new line of Indiana Jones-themed Lego sets on Monday — the franchise’s first in a decade. The award-winning build, ‘Escape from the Lost Tomb’, is based on one of the most iconic moments from the 1981s Raiders of the Lost Ark when dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Jr. descends into the Well of Souls in his race to find the Ark of the Covenant for the Third Reich, only to be confronted by a multitude of venomous vipers and cobras.
The 600-piece set, due out next month and in stores for $39.99, features elements of an underground temple, including the entrance and an ancient wall decorated with two looming Anubis statues – one of which topples over to reveal a secret passage. In addition, the set also includes several new minifigures, including Indy, Marion Ravenwood, Sallah and a creepy mummy, not to mention the Ark of the Covenant itself.
Two additional sets, “Fighter Plane Chase” and “Temple of the Golden Idol”, recreate other key moments from Steven Spielberg’s films. Fighter Plane Chase, on the small side, costs 387 pieces $34.99. The Golden Idol game is a whopper, with 1,545 pieces for a retail price of $149.99.
The first officially licensed Indiana Jones themed Lego set was introduced in 2008, tied to the release of 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and discontinued that following year. In the same year, the release of Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventuresa third-person video game featuring Lego-themed interactive recreations of the first three Indiana Jones films (1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark; 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; and that of 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). A sequel, Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continueswas released in 2009, based on the 2008 one Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
However, the connection between Spielberg’s iconic action-adventure series and the Denmark-based toy brand goes back even further. In 1998, the Lego Group introduced the “AdventurersLego themed series of playsets centered on and around the adventures of a fedora hat archaeologist named Johnny Thunder – a character with obvious parallels to Harrison Ford’s iconic character.
The “Escape from the Lost Tomb” and the other Indiana Jones themed Lego sets will be available for purchase on April 1, just in time for the upcoming release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fatethe fifth installment in the Indiana Jones series and believed to be Harrison Ford’s final turn with the character.