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Indiana Jones - Lego Sets and the Video Game
The History of Legos: From Blocks to Blockbusters
The blockbuster movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is brought to life for children, and kids at heart, in the popular LEGO series and video games based thereon. There are a number of LEGO sets based on the Indiana Jones films that can be used to re-enact thrilling scenes from the archaeologist's 2008 return to the silver screen! If you are wondering about a gift for a child ages 6-16 (or older!) look no further.
This is a super idea for a birthday party. I've watched my husband spend an hour or two putting together any number of unique LEGO sets for my sons, including Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Batman and more. My kids and their friends play with the LEGO sets creations for days... coming up with their own story lines and role play.
LEGOs have been around since 1932, when a man named Kirk Christiansen founded a toy company in Denmark that made wooden toys, among other goods. The brand "LEGO" was established in 1934 from the Danish words "LEg GOdt," which mean "play well." In Latin, Lego also means "I go together." Brilliant marketing for this young corporation!
By 1951, the products produced by LEGO were predominantly plastic, as opposed to wooden. LEGO toys consist primarily of interlocking, small blocks: on one side there are raised bumps, on the opposite side, indentations into which other blocks can be snapped. There are many sizes and shapes of the blocks (long, thin, short, fat, etc.) that can be used to create a variety of structures. By 1967, LEGO was a very well-known brand, world-wide. It was found in toy stores everywhere and it was highly popular with parents and children alike, both of whom appreciated the safe, creative toys. Over time, the company added wheels, windows, doors and other accessories that could be snapped onto basic blocks, allowing for greater creativity and range. LEGO people also came into existence, with feet that could be fastened onto other LEGO creations.
Twenty years later, LEGO started expanded into the franchises of Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter, Spongebob Squarepants, and more. Of course, with the latest Indiana Jones movie, strong demand for LEGOs based on this franchise has sprung to life! Although there are LEGO sets from prior Indy movies, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sets are top sellers in this series.
Indiana Jones Legos
LEGO Pieces and Instructions
The amazing creativity behind the LEGO sets goes beyond just putting a number of blocks together to build realistic scenes from the movies. Some of the medium to large boxed sets are actually dynamic! That is, a sleight of hand, or a step on the wrong block, and the building could come crumbling down - just like in the movie! My children have the Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark set, pictured to the right. The two statues on either side of the temple will crash down and back panels of the temple will collapse as they play with the set-up. It is very ingenious and, of course, great fun!
Each set of LEGOs comes with a suggested age range. This is based on the difficulty of putting the creation together (NOTE: Children under 3 should not play with, or have access to these sets due to many small pieces on which they could choke!) Detailed instructions and diagrams are always included with the sets and are relatively easy to follow. Don't worry if your child accidentally loses the instructions. You can find new ones quite easily online at LEGO, or at Brickfactory.
Also included with the LEGO sets are at least one character. Check the back side of the box for a list of LEGO men (and/or women) that may be part of the set so that you or your child is not otherwise disappointed.
Lego Indiana Jones Video
The LEGO Video Game
If your children love video games (and whose kid doesn't?), then they will probably beg you for the LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure game. You can play this on Xbox 360, PlayStation2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Nintendo NS, Microsoft Windows - any current gaming platform. Click on the previous link to try a demo of the game.
If the popularity of the LEGO Star Wars video games is any indicator, then the new Indiana Jones LEGO game is also a blockbuster. The game characters are LEGO men and women. They move in a manner similar to actual LEGO figures, but they have facial expressions that change as appropriate. Indy even uses his whip to move him through the jungle and to do battle!
The game allows players to go through all 3 original Indiana Jones films. Most certainly, there will be another game based on the new Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie. The objective is to get your player to the end, while collecting "LEGO studs" along the way, trying to earn the title of "True Adventurer." You can also play by trying to find 10 treasure chests and the "red package." Play is drop in/out and cooperative.
Every character has unique powers. For example, one woman can double jump, and another man can solve glyph puzzles. Four characters may be visible on the screen, but only two players can interact at the same time.
LEGO Indiana Jones Video Game Trailer
How much do you love LEGOs? Looking for a unique theme park to go to with your children? LEGOLAND is found in four locations around the world: United States (California), United Kingdom (Windsor), Denmark (Billund) and Germany (Deutschland)! Each park includes over 50 rides, shows and other attractions, all based on the popular toy blocks. New attractions at the United States location near San Diego California include a "Land of Adventure" ride, based in 1920s Egypt, in which you explore temple ruins (much like Indiana Jones). There is also a daily show called "Journey to the Lost Temple," that features actors and also people from the audience, for the musical adventure.
The entire park is divided into "neighborhoods," much like Disneyland. You'll find Castle Hill, Pirate Shores, Fun Town, Dino Island, EXPLORE village, Miniland USA, and more! Of course, there are lots of opportunities for you to purchase LEGOs, as well. Among the popular sets, you can also request custom blocks in any size, shape or color. Perfect for completing a creation that needs a particular piece!
While you won't find specific Indiana Jones rides or shows at the park, you will definitely find attractions to feed your jungle/adventurer fever. More importantly, you can thoroughly explore the land of LEGOs, marvel at the possibilities of your own LEGO creations, and even stop by the LEGO store to pick up a set or two to complete at home.
But don't think that you have to go to LEGOLAND to buy LEGOs! You can find them all over the world, in stores and online. Your best bet may be the LEGO website, or LEGO stores, which can be located through its site. In addition, LEGOs are sold at Amazon.com, Target, major toy stores, and can also be found on eBay. Lots of great links are provided in this article. Pick up a box or two today and go back in time to your childhood. Your own kids will thank you!