There were however, a couple of exceptions when it came to the onslaught of Indy knock-offs. One being John Carpenter's, Big Trouble In Little China. It was an Indiana Jones knock-off that wasn't really and Indiana Jones knock-off. The type of movie that I'm sure when being pitched to studio heads was labeled as "in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark", even though Carpenter, and screen writer D.W. Richter knew better.
Released in the summer of 1986, Big Trouble In Little China was a box office disaster, crushed not only by it's far superior cinematic rival, James Cameron's Aliens, but by the fact that it was labeled as being like an Indiana Jones movie, yet proved to be way, way less entertaining than an Indiana Jones movie.
As a kid (and, fuck- as an adult), I loved BTLC, and always wished there had been toys.
In 2002, N2 Toys produced a line of BTLC action figures- flooring Your's Truly. I couldn't believe that a company had ACTUALLY made them.
Here's the film's mouth running, bumbling "hero", Jack Burton.
Sadly, I recently unloaded Ol' Jack on Ebay- once again, in an attempt to free up some extra cash for some of the pricier figures I've placed pre-orders on...
"Give me your best shot, Pal. I can take it."