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The Ultimate Indiana Jones Gift Guide

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Indiana Jones has been a legendary part of pop culture and cinema history for almost four decades, beginning in 1981 with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's masterpiece Raiders of the Lost Ark. Taking its cue from '30s comic strips and Saturday matinee serials with heroes like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, the two innovative filmmakers set out to recreate the rollicking adventures of their youth. What they created was a timeless classic with high-speed chases, pithy one-liners, and one iconic leading man in Harrison Ford.

The franchise grew to include several sequels, taking the noted archaeologist and treasure hunter all around the world in search of mystical artifacts. With lush locations, top-notch special effects from the team behind Star Wars Industrial Light and Magic, and a great cast of memorable characters, a legacy was cemented that fans have enjoyed for generations. Grab your hat and bullwhip, here's a collection of gifts that no Indy fan should be without!

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10 REPLICA OF INDY'S ICONIC FEDORA

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There are some pieces of clothing so closely associated with a character that they come to define them, and Indy's iconic fedora is one of them. Like the Terminator'leather jacket and sunglasses, or Thomas Magnum's loud Hawaiian shirts, Indy's fedora is associated with his signature look. It's what transforms him from a mild-mannered, bespectacled professor into a globe-trotting adventurer.

Sideshow Collectibles and premium milliner Dorfman Pacific have teamed up to give you the chance to become your own version of Indiana Jones with this exclusive hat. Doubling as both a collectible and wearable item, it's made from 100% percent wool and can be stepped on by thugs and crushed under boulders without losing its shape. It's perfect as a gift or to complete your Indy cosplay!

9 THE COMPLETE ADVENTURE BLU-RAY COLLECTION

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Relive all the excitement and thrills with Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventuresa collector's box set that includes all four Indiana Jones films as well as exclusive bonus material. Follow Professor Jones as he races against Nazis and archaeological rivals to find the location of the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Journey into the jungles of India to take on cult fanatics and discover the power of their ancient artifacts in Temple of Doom. Watch Indy track down the location of the holy grail and his missing father in The Last Crusade.

And finally, join Indy on his most recent adventure exploring a treasure with extraterrestrial properties in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Along with the great films, you'll get access to commentaries, concept art, featurettes, trivia, deleted scenes, and more!

8 THE COMPLETE MAKING OF INDIANA JONES

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Dive into the world of movie-magic and movie making history with The Complete Making of Indiana Jonesyour compendium for all things related to the four major motion pictures from the creative genius of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Boasting over 300 pages of material, it contains behind-the-scenes photos from the set of all four films, as well as never-before-seen artwork from the Lucasfilm archives!

You'll be dazzled by dozens of full-color pictures, concept art, and storyboards, along with interviews from the cast and crew. Full of production stills, transcripts from original concept meetings, as well as intimate anecdotes from the entire creative team, this book is like Indy's favorite fedora; no fan can be without it!

7 THE LOST JOURNAL OF INDIANA JONES

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Finally released by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, this previously "lost" journal contains all of the anecdotes, maps, sketches, and musings of Dr. Henry Jones Jr., noted archaeologist who goes by the moniker "Indiana Jones". Formerly in the KGB's hands, this rare piece of paraphernalia chronicles Indiana Jones' adolescence coming into contact with such noted historical figures as Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia.

It also details his adult years, mentioning run-ins with the Thuggee Cult, Nazi artifact hunters, and his discovery of the fabled Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This personal volume gives rare insight into the famous adventure's amazing life, spanning fifty years from 1908 to 1957.

6 INDIANA JONES MONOPOLY

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Are you ready to go running through tunnels lined with poisoned darts? Wandering through tombs laden with booby traps? Sneak through secret passageways? If you're willing to risk life and limb for fortune and glory, then you're ready to play Indiana Jones Monopoly! It combines all the strategic fun of the family board game with the thrill of going on an adventure with Indiana Jones!

Arriving in a real wooden crate much like the Ark of the Covenant, you open it up to reveal a standard monopoly board, except this time you'll be trying to buy Akator Temple and Club Obi-Wan, and moving tokens based on Indy's fedora, bullwhip, and grail journal. But watch out for sand traps, crushing spikes, and trap doors! Stay one step ahead of your fellow players, and you'll be racking up idols and arks in no time.

5 THE INDIANA JONES HANDBOOK: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE

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Ever find yourself wondering, What Would Indy Do? With The Indiana Jones Handbook: The Complete Adventurer's Guide, you'll be able to determine exactly how to handle any situation no matter how action-packed your adventure gets. From calculating how fast you have to run to escape a rolling boulder, to how to properly ride an elephant, and even how to hold your own against a gang of sword-wielding thugs, this companion has it all.

Learn how to conduct yourself among a variety of different cultures, dealing with the peculiarities of their foreign customs with ease and decorum. And while you're being culturally aware, you can learn how to identify booby traps and crack a bullwhip. The perfect book for aspiring adventurers and fans of Indy's escapades.

4 SIDESHOW TEMPLE OF DOOM 1/6th SCALE ACTION FIGURE

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This stunning 1/6th scale figure of Indiana Jones as he appears in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom brings the globe-trotting archaeologist to life as only Sideshow Collectibles can. From the fabric of his clothing to the bloody lacerations on his back from where he got whipped in the film, no detail has been spared. This figure stands 12 inches tall and bears an incredible likeness to Harrison Ford.

Everyone knows Indy's adventures are action packed, and luckily this figure can keep up. Fully poseable, he comes with a variety of different hands to grip everything from his bullwhip to his firearm, and even one of the three legendary Shankara Stones.

3 INDIANA JONES: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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Like the name suggests Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide is essential reading for any fan of the renowned adventurer and archaeologist. The compendium not only includes full-color photographs and drawings about the films, but it also contains information about the mini-series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. It even offers page after page of facts about the Thuggee Cult, the real Well of Souls, as well as other cultures and civilizations that Indy comes in contact with.

For fans of diagrams, charts, and cross-sections, the guide works well as a technical manual. It boasts schematics for most of the structures and sets that Indy found himself in, and even has a page entirely devoted to breaking down his gear, from his iconic essentials (hat and bullwhip) to his knapsack and what he keeps inside it.

2 THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES

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Though we got a glimpse of a young Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusadefinding his first bullwhip and uncovering his first artifact, there was an entire series devoted to his adolescent escapades called The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. With this two-volume set, discover the places, people, and perils that helped Indiana Jones become the man we know and love.

Each main program has 2 adventures and then 4-6 special features. These features include insights into the real historical figures and places young Indy encounters, and are packed with facts that even the most educated history buff is sure to enjoy. A worthy addition to the franchise and a must-have for Indy fans.

1 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK GAME

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Re-released since its first debut in 1981, the Raiders of the Lost Ark Game by Kenner features all the excitement of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark for two to six players. Moving around a board designed to resemble a world map, players must try to get their hands on the Ark of the Covenant, the Staff of Ra, and the Map Room.

As you move along the board, you pass through different countries to obtain cards with clues. Some countries require you to surrender your "Passport" so that you don't lose a turn. A certain amount of strategy is involved against other players, so watch out for ambushes and hostage situations! Enjoy all the excitement of the first board game based on the franchise!

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