Lego Classic Thursday: 7683 Fight on the Flying Wing – Lego Indiana Jones

Back with more Indiana Jones.

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Set 7683 from 2009 and you get the plane, fuel truck and four minifigures.

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Those are some of the nicest abs I’ve seen on a minifigure, nice mustache as well. The Indy and Marion Ravenwood figures are identical to the ones in the 7621 Lost Tomb set.

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The plane is pretty iconic and has a forward cockpit and a rear gunner cockpit, which is where Marion gets trapped after Indy beats up the mechanic (and he gets chopped up by the propeller). This isn’t a plane from real life, the closest thing to look like this, the Horton Ho 229 was jet powered. Of course, if you have jet engines, you can’t get chopped up by propeller blades.

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The fuel truck is in the set as well, so that it can leak everywhere and create a fiery explosion enveloping the plane. It’s nothing special.

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As you can see, the cockpit canopy is a special piece to this set. The Wing that comprises the plane is also one solid flat flexible type piece. With stickers of course.

This is another great movie set for recreating scenes.

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FIGHT!

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Another set if you like Indy, you’ll love. Given the large size of the plane, this set makes a great display.

Lego Classic Thursday: 7199 The Temple of Doom – Lego Indiana Jones

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Look at that beauty- and head over to Flickr to see it bigger. Is it possible for a set based on a scene from a movie to be better than the movie? If it is, this set leads the way. While it’s not perfect, Temple of Doom is far, far from perfect. Again I’m using the “Classic” moniker on a set that’s from 2009, but the movie is a classic even if it’s not. You can’t go straight from Raiders of the Lost Ark to The Last Crusade, you need a buffer.

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You get Indy, Willie Scott and Short Round, to be chased and ritually sacrificed by Mola Ram and his two henchmen. Notice the tiny Lego head on ‘s headdress – a nice touch, it’s a skull in the film. Willie has her scream face, basically the thing she does for the whole movie “OHH, INDYYYYYYYY.” I find the constant whining and screaming tiresome, but Spielberg ended up marrying her. Maybe it was just acting?

Even cooler, Indy is missing his sleeve just like in the movie.

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So the set comprises the minifigures and the “temple” along with the mine car track. The layout isn’t exactly faithful to the movie but I don’t think that would be exactly possible, and it’s such an iconic scene/set that it translates regardless.

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Here we’ve got Mola all ready for the sacrifice or whatever ritual he was performing. I know it involves tearing Indy’s heart out – literally. That’s not a feature included here. Everybody smile!

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The glowing skull stones move forward and the trap door opens in the floor Lego cage and pulley system not included.

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The temple is fairly two dimensional. At the bottom there is a chopping sword, I’m not sure why, along with some mining equipment and jewels.

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The “fire rock brick” is a fairly rare element in the set. Pretty cool too.

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When it’s time to escape or just joyride around, hop into the mining car.

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Willie Scott is still screaming. Short Round is still stereotyping.

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The tracks pass through a second structure with rocks in the top (I think this is a rock hopper) that can be dumped into a mining car below. Not actual rocks of course.

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This is obviously a cause for great concern from Willie Scott.

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But in the end, we know it all turns out ok. Mostly.

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This is a great set because it seems to really capture the scenes from the movie on a big scale. It has height and width even though it doesn’t have a lot of pieces. Let’s remember it’s based on a movie where 3 people survive by jumping out of a flying plane into a life raft. Of course, one of them happens to be Indiana Jones.

Lego Classic Thursday: 7621 Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb

Nope, I’m not dead. Aside from not updating the site for ages, I had some qualms about Indiana Jones sets and the “Classic” label. Too soon? This set is from 2007, not even 10 years ago. I would have posted sooner but I was wrestling with the question for many months. And even if you don’t believe that, which I wouldn’t for a minute, you have to be excited to see Indiana Jones.

Indy

He’s a superhero so cool he doesn’t need a secret identity.

I was lucky to have this set bought for me when I wasn’t collecting Lego, but somehow was aware enough to enjoy this. If only I’d bought the rest of the lot at the time. IF ONLY. This set has 277 pieces and only cost $20. A deal. The only thing is, if there was a set to include John Rhys-Davies in, this was the one. If you can find a Gimli and put desert wear and normal legs on him, it might work, but I doubt it. As it is, you only get Indy and Marion Ravenwood in the camp dress she’s given when she’s captured.

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The set is a fairly good approximation of the tomb where they find the ark. The only problem with this is if the ark is in the tomb, Marion shouldn’t be because she’s only put there once the Nazis get the Ark.

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You’ve got the large snake statutes and torches and some pretty good hieroglyphics via stickers.

7621 snakes, why did it have to be snakes

As you can see, I wasn’t very worried about making the stickers straight at this time. (Also it’s really stupid to put a sticker across 2 pieces.) This sticker has R2-D2 and C-3PO, just as they are visible on a column in the film. There are also 10 snakes to drop down and spread around the tomb. Though no pane of glass to separate the figures from the snakes for their big moment. The fun doesn’t end here, though, you can destroy the temple and see our hero escape through the back wall.

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What a set. My copy is pretty dusty as you can see, but there’s a lot of dust throughout the Indiana Jones films, so I think it’s ok. I’m so glad I got this set back in the day. It sells for about double now, it was one of the cheapest sets of the Indiana Jones line, which came in two waves I believe. Recently I’ve managed to get a few more from eBay, so stay tuned for future Thursdays. Until then, KEEP YOUR EYES SHUT!