If imagination has a name, it must be... Johnny Thunder!
LEGO Adventurers (later called Orient Expedition) is one of the many themes of LEGO toys out there, focusing around adventurers Johnny Thunder, Pippin Reed (formerly Gail Storm), and Dr. Charles Kilroy (formerly Charles Lightning) as they travel the world in search of ancient artefacts (with one exception). They had one recurring villain, Sam Sinister (who forms a micro-Continuity Snarl) and many single-subtheme villains.The theme itself was divided into four smaller themes, with the last one itself split into three:
Egypt: Based around Ancient Egypt, where the main setpiece was a pyramid and the primary MacGuffin was Re-Gou, the largest ruby in the world. Sam Sinister and Baron von Barron were the villains.
Amazon: Set in South America, the Adventurers search for Mayincatec treasures this time, especially the "Sun Disk", opposed by the villainous Seņor Palomar. Sam Sinister is oddly absent.
Dino Island: Johnny and co. investigate a Lost World. Sam Sinister (formerly Baron von Barron), his sister, Alexis Sanister, and Mr. Cunningham are the antagonists this time.
Orient Expedition: As the name implies, all three are set in the East. The main goal is to find a golden dragon given to Marco Polo by Kublai Khan, which in turn needs three Plot Coupons to find. Sam Sinister figures in all three subthemes.
India: The Golden Shield as well as the Sunstone is found here, the latter being needed to overthrow a tyrannical maharajah.
Mt. Everest: The Golden Sword is to be found near its peak. Yetis, sherpas and poachers are abound here.
China: The Golden Helmet and the Golden Dragon are to be found here. Opposing the crew is the evil Emperor Chang Wu.
Continuity Snarl: At first, there were two main villains, called Sam Sinister (or Slyboots) and Baron von Barron (or Mr. Hates). When Dino Island rolled around, Baron von Barron/Mr. Hates was renamed Sam Sinister, while the original Sam Sinister became more commonly known by his European name Slyboots. It gets particularly confusing here◊, where the hook-handed villain is introduced as "Sam Sinister (aka Baron von Barron)", which surely must have confused anyone who knew beforehand that Sam Sinister and Baron von Barron were originally separate characters.
This got so notorious that even LEGO got into the act, putting a joke about it in their Minifig line.
Cool Boat: The Adventurers get a pair of Cool Boats between the River Expedition and the T-Rex Transport sets.
Emperor Chang Wu has an entire fleet of ships, one of which gets captained by Lord Sam Sinister.
Perhaps the most infamous and confusing instance of this in LEGO history comes from the Egypt line:
In America, the Power Trio consisted of Johnny Thunder, Gail Storm, and Charles Kilroy. The top hat-wearing villain was named Sam Sinister, and his hook-handed accomplice was named Baron von Barron.
In Europe, the Power Trio consisted of Sam Grant (although he was sometimes referred to as Johnny Thunder), Pippin Reed, and Dr. Kilroy. The top hat-wearing villain was named Slyboots, and his hook-handed accomplice was named Mr. Hates.
In the later Amazon line, the villains were named Seņor Palomar and Rudo Villano in America, while they were known as Seņor Gomez and Max Villano in Europe.
Additionally, much like LEGO Pirates, the names of some of the early sets differed greatly between America and Europe. For example, Pharaoh Hotep III's temple was known as the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins in America and the Temple of Anubis in Europe.
Improvised Weapon: In a comic based on Orient Expedition on the LEGO Website. After helping Pippin escape from of their prison cell, she asks how she's meant to get the others out. Johnny just hands her a part of the bed through the bars and tells her "You're a smart girl, see what you can do with this."
Multinational Team: Johnny Thunder is Australian, Dr. Kilroy is British, and Pippin Reed is American.
Palette Swap: In the Orient Expedition line, Johnny Thunder's personal bi-plane during the China Story Arc, the Thunder Blazer, is a Palette Swap of the bi-plane flown by Lord Sinister during the Mount Everest Story Arc.
Predators Are Mean: While this may be, the heroes put a lot of effort into saving even tyrannosaurs from the villains.
The Shangri-La: The second Story Arc of Orient Expedition takes place in the Himalayas as the Adventurers search for the Temple of Mount Everest.