Action Figure Overview: Raiders of the Lost Ark - German Mechanic (Kenner, 1983)
|Raiders of the Lost Ark - German Mechanic (Kenner, 1983)|
Egypt, 1936: Indiana Jones has had a rough day. He and Marion were just trapped in the Well of Souls with hundreds of snakes. After managing to escape, he tries to take the airplane that's scheduled to transport the Ark when he's noticed by a mechanic wielding a huge wrench. After successfully knocking out the 1st mechanic, a 2nd bigger & stronger mechanic (who witnessed the fight) approaches Indy and the biggest fight scene in the entire movie ensues! Of course this fight scene is memorable enough that the German Mechanic was made into an action figure as part of "The Adventures of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark" toy line! As a side note, I'm pretty sure these figures hold the record for longest title of any toy line ...ever!
|German Mechanic from Raiders of the Lost Ark|
|German Mechanic holding a wrench|
The first wave included carded figures of Indiana Jones, Toht, the Cairo Swordsman, and Marion Ravenwood, a second Indiana Jones figure in a "Desert Disguise" that came with a Map Room adventure set, and a figure of Belloq in his ceremonial robe as a mail-away exclusive. Indiana sold well and Marion was shipped in smaller quantities, so that left plenty of Cairo Swordsman and Toht figures hanging around in the stores. Despite the two peg-warmers, Kenner went forward with a 2nd wave of figures which included 4 new carded figures: Sallah, a 2nd Belloq in his regular pants and shirt, a 3rd Indiana Jones (this time in a German Uniform), and the German Mechanic. Plus a purple robed 'Monkey Man' that came with the "Streets of Cairo" adventure set.
|All 8 wave 1 & 2 carded figures plus Mail-Away Belloq|
|Cairo Swordsman vs. German Mechanic|
|The German Mechanic from the comic book.|
The German Mechanic figure came with a wrench as his accessory. As a kid, I never thought much about it, but in the movie, he never had a wrench. There was another mechanic in the movie who fought with Indy using a wrench, but the Mechanic immortalized in action figure form fought Indy with just his fists. I guess Kenner thought it would the wrench would be a relatively cheap accessory to include, so why not? It actually was a cool accessory to have even if it didn't really make a lot of sense. It's probably no surprise that most of the German Mechanic action figures available for sale today are missing this tiny accessory, so I'm glad that I managed to keep from losing mine for all of these years!
|German Mechanic with his wrench (Kenner, 1983)|