How and when did you get into Indy?

imgaming117

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Making this thread to get an idea of how you guys became Indy fans! I have been an Indy fan for as long as I can remember (I was born in 2004). Growing up I watched the '99 VHS set with the Young Indy episode, Treasure of the Peacock's Eye. Indy was probably the first franchise I ever fell in love with, predating my appreciation for Star Wars. How did you guys get into it?
 

No Ticket

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I remember my mom taped Temple of Doom off TV and I used to just watch and rewatch that VHS into the ground. It was my first Lucasfilm love, which I discovered before Star Wars. I loved all three as a kid and wish I could have seen Last Crusade in the theater but nobody would take me!
 

vonLudolf

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Like you, imgaming177, I'm a bit on the younger side. In 7th grade, I switched my future career goals from paleontology to archaeology (something that I've stuck with so far). When I told people, everyone kept referencing these Indiana Jones movies that I had never seen, so I decided to give them a shot. I borrowed a VHS copy of Last Crusade from a neighbor and proceeded to watch it at least six times in one weekend. I absolutely loved them, and that was actually right before the summer that Crystal Skull came out, so it was a great time to become a fan from an interest and merch standpoint!
 

TheDogIndiana

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I got into Indiana Jones when kingdom of the crystal skull came out. As a kid I knew nothing of the franchise but every time the crystal skull commercials were on tv I was absolutely invested. I talked to my grandfather about those commercials and he told me how he knew about those movies and we eventually went to Best Buy together and he bought me the Indiana Jones box set. The specific box set for those of you who remember, was the one that came with the bonus features dvd and had a great brown sleeve case. After watching the 3 originals I fell in love with the franchise. I never saw crystal skull in theaters since I was getting into the originals first, but I eventually saw the crystal skull movie after it’s release on dvd. Ever since then I’ve been anticipating a 5th one and I can’t believe next year is the year!
 

Forbidden Eye

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The name gives it away: the Disneyland ride Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple Of The Forbidden Eye was my first exposure to Indiana Jones. While I was tall enough to ride, I had no context of the character or previous movies, and to me it was just a random jeep ride in the dark. I recall theme music that was quite hummable. 🎵

Flash forward to the year 2000, I was at my cousin’s house, we were going to Blockbuster(remember that?) debating what we would like to rent. When we got there we settled on Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom as none of us had seen it and it broadly appealed to all of us. I was scared as hell during the temple part, lol, but overall I loved it.

Then about a year later, ABC aired Raiders/Temple Of Doom on tv. They used it as an excuse to advertise Dinotopia an upcoming new miniseries no one remembers. I was excited by both IJ movies, mostly by Raiders as I had never seen it before. I was won over by the first 20 minutes of the movie, finally understanding the context of the ride. 😆

Didn’t see Last Crusade until I rented it from Blockbuster, realizing there was one movie I never seen(I remember the VHS cover from a vacation to a ski resort). It was early 2003, just as the movies were about to be released on DVD for the first time. That’s when I really became a fanatic, even started going online and looking news up for the first time, both for the movies coming to DVD and that long anticipated Indiana Jones 4 where year after year went by and it seemed like it would never come.

Such a fun time in retrospect.
 

Thugee_Life

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My dad took me to see Raiders in the theater when it came out. I was 5 at the time and only really remember the opening temple sequence. I was lucky enough to see all 3 films in the theater growing up in the 80’s. In fact, I’m pretty sure I saw Last Crusade 3 or 4 times over the summer of ‘89. I had some of the toys from Raiders, although I never had Indy himself, as the stores were always out of that figure. I remember having the truck and the Well of Souls play set. I did get my hands on the TOD Indy as well as Mola Ram. I was so into Indiana Jones as a kid that my mom filmed me recreating the temple sequence in the hallway of our home (using whatever passed as an idol, leather jacket, fedora, etc). I’m pretty sure it still exists on VHS somewhere in my house. I still have the whip I talked my grandma into buying me at a western store when I was like 10 years old as well, 😂. So…in short, I’ve been an Indy fan my whole life.
 

Canyon

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Thugge_life, great story! 👍

This is mine...
 

Lucas

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So it was like 2009 I think, and I went into a barns and Nobel, and if you remember scholastic news did a junior novel series of the movies (including KOTCS) and I wanted temple because it’s my fav Indy film. But they only had Last Crusade. So I got it and read that thing to shreds. I still have that book (obviously I did get a nicer version) ever since then Iv been an avid collector of Indy merchandise
 

Dutchy_Jones

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I saw in on VHS when it came out in the early 80's. A magical time to The lie down the streetbe a kid.the age of star wars, back to the future and Goonies.
Saw last crusade in the cinema when it came out. What a treat!
 

Pappy

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Indiana Jones has been a part of my life since as long as I can remember. I was born the same year Raiders of the Lost Ark came out. Temple of Doom was actually the first Indy movie I recall watching though. We had taped it off of Cinemax and I watched it over and over and over. It holds a special place in my heart, but as an adult, I realized Raiders is a perfect film and it is now my favorite (but picking a favorite among the first three is near impossible - they are all fantastic!). I then got the chance to see Last Crusade in the theater during that glorious summer of 1989. Eventually, we had VHS copies of all three and I think I wore them all out.
 

DanielB

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I always loved and watched Action hero tv & movies, Robin Hood, Zorro, Three Musketeers but my first memory of Indiana Jones was in the early 80's when I was about 6 It had Raiderrs had been on the T.V and afterwards I remember I put a belt across my chest and got a piece of rope and running and jumping around the garden. At that time I never saw that it was the same guy as Han Solo, to me they were two different people.
 
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Fortune&Glory

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I saw Raiders on vhs when I was probably 11 and was hooked instantly. Everything about it was awesome. I borrowed Star Wars to my friend in exchange for Indiana Jones because I couldn’t get enough. Funny thing is he became more of a Star Wars fan. I love both franchises but I think Indy edges out Star Wars as my favorite.
 

Macindy1961

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I have been a fan of this series since it first came out in theaters when I was in college. However only recently have I decided to take it to a new level and have been working on my Cosplay for the upcoming Dragoncon sci fi fantasy convention in Atlanta where I live. My wife thinks I'm a little crazy but you only live once right? I am even handwriting a hero prop copy of the grail diary from last crusade. I also needed a cosplay that would work for a man approaching his 60's. And since Harrison Ford says you can play Indy as a man nearing 80 it seemed like a good choice. Plus you dont have to wait for a convention to wear the famed fedora and jacket.
 

kendrickwallace

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Hi All. So I was working at Walt Disney Imagineering (W.E.D.) when a co-worker told me that the night before he had seen a pre-release screening for a movie called "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and that it was fantastic. Friends and I went to see it (either in Hollywood or Westwood, I can't recall) on opening night, and I've been an Indy fan ever since. That, along with the other Spielberg and Lucas films of the time were what set me on a path to working in the film industry, and I have been producing visual effects for features ever since. I've never really been into dressing up as the character, but I do have a few items that adorn my adventure tiki bar at home.
 

igofirst

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Making this thread to get an idea of how you guys became Indy fans! I have been an Indy fan for as long as I can remember (I was born in 2004). Growing up I watched the '99 VHS set with the Young Indy episode, Treasure of the Peacock's Eye. Indy was probably the first franchise I ever fell in love with, predating my appreciation for Star Wars. How did you guys get into it?
I first was introduced to Indiana Jones by my grandparents after visiting Disney World in Orlando. I saw the Indiana Jones stunt show spectacular when I was younger and ever since that day I was obsessed. After that i bought action figures and some other knickknacks, I went home and my grandparents showed me the original 3, I used those dvds until they were worn out. I would watch the movies every night and every day (including the behind the scenes special) especially temple of doom. I had birthday parties and a full costume safe to say that show did a number on me. ;)
 

00Kevin IndianaJonesNerd

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watched the movies as a kid with the fam. rediscovered them somewhere around 99 or 2000 by catching last crusade on TV one day when i was sick. I had forgotten what a wonderful movie it was. soon I was rewatching the films like crazy, spending time on indiana jones websites and the raven forum, buying up all the old comics and young indy films. and the rest is history!
 

Folklore

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I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 in theaters and it was the most amazing Action-Adventure movie I ever saw. I was 9 years old. I was hooked. Thanks George & Steven.
 
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