Friday, February 9, 2024

Wrapping Up 2023: Kazim from Indiana Jones: Adventure Series by Hasbro

 

   OK... one last Indiana Jones Adventure Series review! I missed Kazim at Target last year and ended up snatching him up earlier this week online. He's become one of the tougher figures to find but I'm glad I went ahead and picked him up as he is a surprisingly good figure. Kazim is definitely not an A-list figure, though, and it's surprising to get him in this line ahead of so many other figures. He feels like he'd be a "second year" figure for the line, though, if you know what I mean. That's what I find kind of weird about the Adventure Series: There are some deeper character choices present while main characters are missing! I'd love to have been a fly in the wall in the planning of this series. How was the roster selected? Why were certain main characters left out? Why leave out characters who had figures in the vintage line and the current Retro line? Why completely skip Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Anyways, let's just enjoy Kazim. Join me after the break...






The Facts:

Height: 6 1/8ths inches (with fez)

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, swivel/ hinge knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, balljointed wrists, balljointed neck, and a barbell jointed head.

Accessories: Pistol, rifle, and submachine gun.

Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars







The Positives:


* Kazim is another member of both the Indiana Jones: Men in Suits collection and the Indiana Jones: Men in Hats collection, though he gets a fez instead of a fedora, which is much cooler. Fez's are cool. He shares a body with Toht which seems to work quite well. The suit looks pretty accurate to the film. Instead of the unlabeled Nazi party pin Toht had on, Kazim is wearing a boutonnière, which is preferable and so much classier. The stripes on his suit look pretty swell and they're quite neat and clean, too. If you want a more human looking version of Jack Skellington, this could be a good base body to use, eh?






* Hasbro did a pretty good job on the likeness of Kazim, as he looks accurate to the portrayal in the film by actor Kevork Malikyan. That epic mustache really seals the deal, though the fez is also pretty well done. This is absolutely one of the better headsculpts in this line and he's very recognizable if you're familiar with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. 






* Here's a look at the back of the suit so you can see that the pinstripes go all the way around and look neat and clean even from the rear. 













* The articulation scheme is very familiar here and pretty much the same as on the other Indiana Jones figures and most recent and non-armored Star Wars: The Black Series figures. Kazim moves well, though he doesn't have the butterfly hinges for his shoulders, probably because of his buttoned coat. The hands are on balljoints here in the Adventure Series, which is different. He moves great, though, and is fun to pose holding his three included firearms. He holds all three quite well. 




* First up is Kazim's Mauser C96, the pistol he uses to knock out Marcus Brody in the library in Venice. It's a very accurate Mauser and one of the best I've seen in this scale for a mass retail line. 




* Next up is the MP28 that Kazim uses during the boat chase. It's an impressive submachine gun with an extended side magazine. Quite cool and not something you see a lot of. This is definitely my favorite weapon in the set.




* The last rifle looks like a Karabiner 98K, used by both the German soldiers and some members of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword when they ambush the German convoy in the Canyon of the Crescent Moon. This isn't a rifle that Kazim uses, though; he uses a M1916 Spanish Mauser when attacking the convoy. Still, it's a nicely done rifle. 





   Kazim really surprised me with how well he turned out. I'm sure Hasbro probably sat down at some point and tried to figure out how many characters they could make with just plain suited bodies and new heads, but Kazim does feel quite unique. His headsculpt is fantastic and his complement of weapons is well thought out, offering up three unique firearms not found elsewhere in the line. He's a Good and a 1/2 figure. I'd really like for the line to go on for another year, especially with the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Great Circle videogame having some real excitement (certainly more excitement than Dial of Destiny, it feels like), but I'd even take a few exclusive 3-packs through Hasbro Pulse.


This is the first figure of Kazim I've reviewed. For more Indiana Jones: Adventure Series reviews check out the following:

1 comment:

  1. aw, i was gonna say the fezzes are cool bit but you already did it.

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