ago I had the pleasure of attending the San Diego Comic. Imagine
my surprise upon learning that Toynami (under their Cinemaquette
brand) was going to produce a 1/3 scale Indiana Jones
replica collectible. My jaw dropped upon seeing this wonderful
piece displayed at their booth. Although only a protype it was
evident that this was going to be a fantastic collectible.
to SDCC 2008 and I returned to the Cinemaquette
booth to ask how the piece was coming. On display was the final
product and I tried to think up various scenarios as to how
this one might come home with me in my suitcase. Turns out I
didn't need to resort to such measure as I was told mine was
being assembled now and would arrive shortly. All I could think
was what a great year 2008 was turning out to be for Indiana
later and a UPS driver arrives to Ravenwood with a massive 51lb
box bearing the Raiders of the Lost Ark logo. It's
a good thing the shipping crate has handles as we wrestled with
getting it up the stairs and into the museum,
carefully cut open the outer carton to reveal an inner packing
box with styrofoam corner protectors. Removing those I slid
the white box out and onto the floor.
very careful tape removal the white box has a fantastic custom
Indiana Jones Cinemaquette
storage shipping box (in a protective plastic bag). At this
point my heart is pounding as I start working my way though
the layers to reach the inner treasures.
thing you are presented with is the COA (bearing your edition
number) with a replica of Harrison Ford's signature stating
his endorsement of this museum quality replica.
of that layer is the base and a well packed hand holding the
whip. Also on this layer is the small color instruction &
was carefully removed and set atop a wood base that I had set
aside for this very collectible 18 months earlier. It was good
to finally see it all come together as I had pictured it so
often in my mind. I removed that empty layer to reach the inner
chamber and it's final treasures.
Jones is secured very well within this last compartment. Just
as the instruction manual stated I removed the replica and placed
him on his base with a pin that is in his left foot.
resist touch his hair (that is so well styled and hairsprayed
into place). His skin is eerie as it a special silicon that
looks and feels like the real thing. The manual cautions to
not touch the skin often as the oils from our hands can damage
the replica over time.
Now it was
time to inset his right hand and carefully bend the whip into
whatever shape you'd like. I opened his holster and inserted
his small metal replica pistol. I repositioned his jacket and
shirt and completed his look by placing his signature fedora
upon his head.
The final touches are to insert
his replica notebook into his satchel and I placed his miniature
pocket knife in his belt. I then had fun taking different photos
placing his fedora at different angles on his head.
a few hours since I set him up and I'm still a little freaked
out by the fact that a miniature Harrison Ford/Indiana Jones
now lives in our museum. It's obvious that the people at Cinemaquette
have a deep love for their products and it shows. Their craftsman
are top notch and their skill shines through in the final product.
While the price tag is high these museum quality pieces are
not intended for the mass market. Each is hand crafted to exacting
specifications and the delivered product lives up to the promise
of those museum quality standards.
to order at www.cinemaquette.com.
Price is $2,000.