Indiana Jones Collectors Review:  “Taters of the Lost Ark” (Mr. Potato Head)

Review and Photography by Jeffrey A. Gouse (SithLord0498) 

Review Date: April 30, 2008

On May 1, 2008, the Indiana Jones marketing machine kicks into high gear, and the merchandising bonanza will begin.  Naturally, Indiana Jones Collectors will be here to bring you a variety of in-depth reviews.  Those of you who are also regular visitors to our companion site Yodasnews.com already know what to expect. 

In honor of the official release of all things Indiana Jones, we are pleased to bring you a special “Preview Night” product review—the Indiana Jones Mr. Potato Head, affectionately dubbed Taters of the Lost Ark”!! 

STANDARD “MR. POTATO HEAD” FEATURES:  Not Applicable for This Item 

At one point or another, everyone has had the opportunity to play with a Mr. Potato Head.  Examining its standard features at this point would be, quite frankly, a waste of time.  The real focus should be what turns this ordinary spud into a globetrotting adventure hero, so we’ll move along and take a closer look at the costume and the Indy-specific accessories. 

OUTFIT:  Excellent 

The costume for this tater represents the two iconic components of Indiana Jones: the fedora and leather jacket.  The fedora is the better of the two not only because it pays attention to the small details (e.g. – the bow on the side of the hat) but because of the surprise it contains.  Press down, and you’re treated to “The Raiders March” for a three-second burst.  It may not seem like much, but bear in mind that this is a Mr. Potato Head.  As for the jacket, the fabric is a rough simulation of leather and is very flimsy to the touch.  Again, however, this is a pre-school toy.  As such, the simulation is more than acceptable.

 

 ACCESSORIES:  Excellent 

True to the product’s name, this is the Raiders version of Indiana Jones—specifically from the beginning with the Golden Idol.  Keeping with the potato motif, the Idol is given to us in its “spud”-ified form.  It has been simplified from the actual screen prop into a gold potato with the same facial features found on its larger counterpart.  The other accessory is a coiled bullwhip, and the amount of detail on it is quite surprising with the multitude of precisely-cut crosshatching being particularly impressive.

 OVERALL RATING:  Excellent 

It’s a fedora-wearing, bullwhip-cracking potato!!  There’s really no place Hasbro could go wrong.  For kids, this is a no-brainer purchase.  For older collectors, it’s a quirky and cheap novelty item that will always be an interesting conversation starter.  In fact, the only way Hasbro can go wrong here is by overstaying Indy’s welcome in the plastic potato fields as they did with their Star Wars offerings. 

That does it for our “Preview Night” review.  Get your lists and wallets ready, and catch a few early evening winks.  The big event is only hours away. 

Stay tuned to Indiana Jones Collectors in the coming days and weeks as we bring you the first wave of our product reviews.

 You can also see and hear a small sample of how the sound works at the YouTube Video below:

 

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