Amazing Face-Melting 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Candle Wins the Day

November 19, 2014
Source: Toybox

Raiders of the Lost Ark

It might be the 30th anniversary of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but for some reason the celebration hasn't been as rampant for the adventure sequel that's actually a prequel as it has been for Ghostbusters. However, when it comes to Raiders of the Lost Ark, there's something pretty awesome that has just surfaced online that might be the greatest piece of movie merchandise ever made. From Firebox, the same people making the Temple of Doom bowl that makes it look like you're eating monkey brains, you can get yourself a candle that looks like Major Arnold Ernst Toht (Ronald Lacey). Look!

Here's a look at the awesome Raiders of the Lost Ark Major Toht candle from Firebox (via Toybox):

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Thanks to friend of the site Max Taylor for bringing this to our attention. It's the only thing he's good for.

The candle looks just as you see it and arrives in a box that looks like a wooden crate. Fun fact, the facial cast used to replicate Ronald Lacey's face in order to make it melt was made of alginate, the same material used to take impressions of your teeth at the dentist. The good news is that the candle won't melt as quickly as Toht's face does in the movie. This candle would probably look much better half-melted anyway to get the full effect of being displayed on your shelf. The price is a little salty for a candle at $31.29 (plus about $7 for shipping from the United Kingdom), but it's pretty much the coolest candle ever, so it's fine. Cool stuff?

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"wins the day" "might be the greatest piece of movie merchandise ever made" Er. Thanks for the candle advertisement? Would prefer it if you'd just report the existence of movie souvenirs and even combine all such items into a single piece ("Film collectibles of the week") rather than writing a hyperbolic love letter for an object you think is great, in between legitimate film news stories. It's just odd. And I'm an 80s girl who loved the ROTLA, but SO wouldn't buy this candle.

crystaltowers on Nov 19, 2014


Oh come on Crystal. Can't blame a movie fan for loving movie merchandise.

Quanah on Nov 19, 2014


I'm not at all. So perhaps a face-melt candle truly is the greatest piece of movie merchandise ever made. Perhaps Tom Cruise really is "the last true movie star left in Hollywood" (as Ethan wrote once before). Credible stuff, and none of it 'empty writing' whatsoever.

crystaltowers on Nov 19, 2014


It's a fan filled movie blog, not Jacobin Quarterly. It's meant to be fun, overly-opinionated fanfare. It's likability is its writer's love of everything fun. If that isn't highbrow enough for you there's plenty of blogs circling filmmakers like Vadim Abdrashitov and his consistent displacement of recognizable reality. Otherwise enjoy the ride for what it is or find something that is more to your liking. There's no reason to point out the silliness on a website joyfully dedicated to the quirky and silly.

Quanah on Nov 19, 2014


So if I feel the use of sweeping superlatives on Firstshowing is a bit empty and tiresome, and I dare mention it, that makes my views "highbrow". And I should leave as a consequence. Noted.

crystaltowers on Nov 19, 2014


Yup. You got it. See? You're even way too smart for me. Whew. Must be tough being you.

Quanah on Nov 20, 2014


It was a toss up between a post about this candle and a post about an exploding "Scanners" head shaped balloon.

TheOct8pus on Nov 20, 2014


Fantastic idea, but it doesn't melt right. If they could some how layer the candle and have the face melt first, it would be perfect.

DAVIDPD on Nov 19, 2014


I was going to say that. There should be an inner layer of red wax that melts faster, so that the face bleeds as it melts.

TheOct8pus on Nov 20, 2014


This would make my 4-year-old daughter shit fear... I want it.

Quanah on Nov 19, 2014

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