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Indiana Jones LEGOby the enigma that... (Brick Talk)
Looks like the rumors are true: Indiana Jones LEGO sets are on the way
Honestly, I'm not thrilled.
1. More licenses means less room for original LEGO product.
As interesting (and profitable?) as it's been the past few years with Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Batman, I was infinitely more eager for the new Castle line. Each of the license LEGO acquires means less time, money, and (more importantly) shelf space for original work. TLC has complained for the past few years know about the "dilution" of their brand; taking on license after license doesn't help. Bionicle aside, the LEGO asle is starting to look more and more simply like an extention of the action-figure section rather than the creativity and originality that used to mark LEGO product.
If LEGO producing the oft-rumored/requested "mythology" line meant no Jones, I'd make that trade in a flaming heartbeat. If anything, this announcement makes me pine for the return Johnny Lightning.
2. To be or not to be true to the original material
While it's still a bit cloudy what adversary Indy will face this time (insert obligatory reference to Harrison Ford's advanced age here), if these sets are based on any of the first three films, we will not see the villains of those classic films reproduced accurately, nor do I think they should be. TLC has always had a strict policy against depictions or characterizations that directly mirror modern (20th-21st century) warfare or overly dark and violent themes. Considering the heavies of the first three Jones' films are Nazis and Thuggees, both real-life and relatively modern mass murdering organizations, I'd be deeply disturbed if TLC abandoned their long-standing policies just to make a quick dime on a popular license. A more likely senario would be "generic" villains with a bit of historical flavor (uniforms with no insignia, no trans-red still-beating human hearts).
3. Flesh minifigs
My own personal preference, but I really do loath these things.
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