One of the key things to being an action hero is you can't do it
alone. Han Solo has Chewbacca, the Lone Ranger has Tonto,
and Indiana Jones has Sallah. Without Sallah, Indy would
have never found the German dig site or had enough help to get
the Ark out of the Well of Souls. When he needed help in
retrieving the Holy Grail who did Indy call? Not
Ghostbusters. He called Sallah.
For kids playing in the school yard everybody wanted to be
Indy, but there could only be one. And a Sallah.
Everybody else was on the German's side.
We recently reviewed
the Adventure Heroes version of Sallah. This time we are
looking at the regular figure version.
In his digging outfit, Sallah is a pretty non-descript guy.
He's got a robe, a little vest, and a turban on his head.
I would imagine this only helps him keep from attracting too
much attention from his German bosses. Overall, this
figure fits the bill fairly well.
Sallah looks as he did in the Well of Souls. The face
is not bad as far as most of the rest of Raiders figures go.
He's actually almost recognizable as John Rhys-Davies. I
think there are two things with his face that would help just a
tad. One, the over painted eyes present in a number of the
Indy figures. 'nuff said. Two, his nose is just a
tad off. It looks just a little too wide to me.
The execution of the body is pretty good. The
figure has a good flow to it. The top of the robe is open
just the right amount. The vest is folded over on the left
side. This is a nice touch, as Sallah's vest did this on
screen. I like it because he doesn't look like he just
stepped out of costume trailer.
The shoes sticking out of the bottom of the robe appear to be
right. I've always wondered though, why is he wearing
shoes? Most of the robed characters in the movie are
wearing sandals. Anyway the bottom of the robe is one
piece generic robe. You have to think all those Jedi over
the years have given ample robe sculpting practice to Hasbro's
artisans. There's a bit of texture to the whole outfit,
which really finishes it off nice.
This is one of those figures I almost wish would have had a
touch of soft goods. The scarf portion of his turban would
have been nice as a soft goods piece, just to recreate the
opening of the Well of Souls. Second, the bottom of the
robe pretty much eliminates any useful articulation below the
I said about, below the waist movement is hampered by the robe.
Above the waist he's consistent with the articulation found in
the rest of the line. Shoulders, elbows, wrists, ball
jointed head, they're all here.
Sallah comes with two generic, but usable accessories. A
shovel and a torch. The shovel is everything you'd expect.
brown hand silver head. The torch is a good approximation
of the ones he and Indy used in the Well of Souls. The
pieces is molded in a translucent yellow with some orange paint
on the end. It's looks okay. I would have thought an
orange wash or streaks would have looked more realistic, though.
It's certainly not the worst attempt at fire I've ever seen on
an action figure.
a relic Sallah comes with a terra cotta horse. I'm assuming
from the Emperor's Tomb Video game. I could tell you for
sure, but I never got that game to run right on my PC. It's
an okay little piece of plastic. It reminds me more of the
"Brady Bunch" than Indy, though. I'd have expected Sallah to
come with something Egyptian. A burial mask, mummy's hand,
or scarab, something.
Sallah is figure that absolutely needed in the
Indy line. However, he's a pretty generic guy. And he
uses pretty generic items. So while I'm not raving that
Sallah is one of the best figures in the line, I can't really say
anything bad about him either.
Besides who else is going to help Indy lift the
Ark in your Well of Souls display?
Engineernerd Score: 90/100
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