1989 brought us "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." With
this film, Indy met up with his dad and faced off in a race to
find the Holy Grail before the German Army. Sadly, kids of
that era never new the joy owning action figures from the film.
Hasbro, however, made up for that in 2008 by releasing a slew of
figures from the original Indiana Jones trilogy in order to ride
the Crystal Skull wave of merchandising. Oddly produced
out of sequence with the Temple of Doom figures, The Last
Crusade portion of the Indiana Jones line had some of the better
pieces in the line, most notably Henry
The subject of this review is one of the German baddies that
chase Henry and Indy when they abscond with a motorcycle to tour
the German countryside. Alas, the line has ended before we
can get the sidecar bike the Jones boys had. But, we at
least get their pursuers. (Marauder
Gun Runners has a motorcycle with a side car I was thinking
about getting for that purpose, but it's out of stock until
April or May.)
Since this German is on duty in Europe, he's the only one
we've seen from Hasbro that isn't in desert gear. Even the
Vogel produced is in khaki. So, if you want a platoon of
northern Germans for Indy to face, you're stuck with getting
The good thing is that he's pretty well done. There's a
distinct head under the helmet that sports an vaguely army
looking haircut. The upper torso is the top of the jacket
and has a nice bit of paint.
The long coat is finished off on the bottom with a soft goods
skirt. The cloth portion of the coat has two pockets sewn
on to it. I'd rather see a sculpted skirt, but since this
fellow is riding a bike, this becomes a necessity. The
pockets just seem a little big, not horribly, just enough to be
In between the two part so his coat is a a belt. This
belt is one of the highlights of the figure. While he has
an oversize working holster, it doesn't look as out of place as
the Indy ones have. The canteen and other detailing is
well sculpted and painted.
main reason for buying this deluxe figure is to get the
motorcycle. The bike itself is a hodgepodge of good and
bad. The detailing is a mixed bag of fine detail and
really soft detail covered over with a paint scheme that is a
The non-removable gear strapped to the bike is an example of
what is good with this two wheeled retro transportation. The straps
on the tarps are well done and the
silver buckles on every thing really finish it off.
The best example of what is a let down with this piece is the shifter on the side of
the gas tank. It looks like it was an after thought.
Light on detail and with no paint, it really looks out of place.
If they had left it off it the gas tank would've looked a whole
lot better, in my opinion.
Again, on the plus side, coming down from the hand grips are
small lines running to the front wheel and mid-bike to represent
brake lines. This really adds a bit of realism of the
On the negative side, is the overall color scheme and weathering
The front fender shows silver nicks in blue paint that is not
anywhere else on the bike. There's no "dirt' on the front
fender or wheels, but it's all over the back saddle bags.
In general, a very inconsistent paint design.
The figure fits on the bike well. This is due in part to
some articulation in the handle bars and the general articulation
of the figure. It's one of the better working
figure/motorcycle combinations I've seen in person. The
bikes wheels do turn. It is possible to get the bike to
stand with the figure on its' two wheels, but it's much easier to
pose them with the kickstand down.
This is one of those items that I was a bit disappointed when I
got it out of the package. The opposite side has a big screw
hole in the gas tank. The overall detailing is less on that
side, as well as having the big silver pegs glaring out at you.
Speaking of glaring, the right side has a hole at the middle of
the rear wheel axel. My guess is this mold would have be
modified to produce an Indy & Henry motorcycle and that would have
been the sidecar attachment point.
are three accessories for the figure, not including the bike.
A small Luger which we've seen with other figures. A machine
gun with strap that is similar to some of the other machine guns
we've seen, except with a strap. The strap is nice add on,
to allow him to ride the bike and carry his weapon.
The last accessory is the helmet goggle combination. The
item looks fine to me from a head on view, but seems a little too
short in the back. That may be since he's a bit hunched to
get him on the motorcycle and more of his neck shows. The
back of my helmet has a pretty good tool mark at the base that
really detracts from the appearance from behind, as well.
I'm torn on this one. The figure is pretty
good for a generic soldier. But, the bike has enough
inconsistencies that my overall feeling of the piece was mediocre.
In the hands of good customizer, I'd imagine the bike could really
There've been a number of motorcycles through
out most of the Indy and Star Wars films. There was a
motorcycle with sidecar in Raiders during the truck sequence.
So this piece wouldn't be entirely out of place with your truck
and staff car. Just swap out the soldier for one of the
Engineernerd Score: 80/100
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