A photo of a Lara Croft figure in front of the Sphinx in Egypt
05.22.2021

TR25 Fan Spotlight: Around the World with World of Tomb Raider

Some fans have been celebrating Tomb Raider and Lara Crofts legacy with fan art, videos, cosplays, screenshots, or creative writing - but did you know some celebrate by traveling with Lara around the world? Let us explain!

Throughout the past several years, Bartosz and Robert - the two webmasters of Official Polish Fansite - “World of Tomb Raider” have visited many places inspired by Lara's itinerary in the games. They didn't travel alone, though. They always took a beloved action figure of Lara Croft along for the ride, Classic Lara being their favorite.

They traveled to Egypt, Japan, Venice, Greece, London, Derby and even one of Nathan McCree's concerts for the Tomb Raider Suite. Their Lara Croft action figure and her travels became famous in Tomb Raider community when it was kissed by Shelley Blond too, the very first voice of Lara Croft. 

Since May is dedicated to Tomb Raider IV, we saw it fitting to showcase what places Bartosz, Robert and smol action Lara saw in Egypt. From here, we turn you over to your World of Tomb Raider webmaster and tour guide, Bartosz, who will share pictures and tales of their adventures. They also have a video about their visit to Egypt, which was during November 19th 2019 - the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider IV.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of ruins in Egypt

Our adventure started in Valley of the Kings, where we found, like Lara before, KV5 (you can see a sign on the photo). In reality it’s not a desert plain, but a tomb, so we couldn’t use a jeep there ;)

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of a tomb sign in Egypt

In The Times Exclusive Level Lara returned to Valley of the Kings and tried to find new secret tunnels in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of the Temple of Karnak in Egypt

Temple of Karnak is one of the most important place in Egypt! We felt like we were inside Tomb Raider IV!

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of the Great Hypostyle Hall in Egypt

The Great Hypostyle Hall with a lot, really a lot of columns.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of the Sacred Lake in Egypt

Sacred Lake looks a little bit different than in TR4, but it’s still a beautiful, mystic place.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of a desert railroad in Egypt

The same as Lara we travelled from Karnak to Alexandria by a train. Fortunately our version of Desert Railroad was quite calm – without any ninja warriors ;)

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of a Citadel in Egypt

Today on the Pharos Peninsula there is the Citadel. It’s quite similar to ruins from the level Coastal Ruins isn’t it?

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of Cairo in Egypt

Welcome to Cairo. During our trip inside the bus we saw the infamous City of the Dead. It’s a very big necropolis.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of Cairo's Citadel gate in Egypt

Cairo Citadel is really enormous. We found Citadel Gate but didn’t find Jean Yves who was kidnapped by Werner Von Croy ;)

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of a Senet game board in the great museum in Egypt

Inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo we found a game of Senet. It’s the same game Lara had played with Semerkhet in Karnak!

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of the Sphinx in Egypt

Sphinx Complex is very beautiful but not so big as you could imagine. Unfortunately we couldn’t reach the site Underneath the Sphinx.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of pyramids in Egypt

Giza Plateau – if Lara wasn’t the Tomb Raider, she could sell postcards, couldn’t she? :)

A photograph of Polish fansite webmaster Bartosz in Egypt

Bartosz needs to lend his Amulet of Horus to Lara, so she could trap Seth inside the Great Pyramid!

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of a pyramid in Egypt

Menkaure's Pyramid is the smallest pyramid on the Giza Plateau, but still very impressive.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of Khufu's Queen Pyramids ruins in Egypt

Unfortunately in reality Khufu's Queen Pyramids are very damaged.

A photograph of Polish fansite webmaster Bartosz inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt

So finally it’s the time to go Inside the Great Pyramid! Bartosz doesn’t like tight corridors but he is happy Lara is with him!

A photograph of Polish fansite webmaster Robert outside the Great Pyramid

Robert did it! After 20 years he helped Lara to trap Seth for the second time!

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of the Great Pyramid in Egypt

In 1999 Lara lost the Amulet of Horus inside the Great Pyramid. Luckily 20 years later she managed to get it back :)

Some pictures from our other trips with Lara

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of a speedboat in Venice

Venice – we searched with Lara Bartoli’s Hideout. When Lara is in Venice, she has to use a speedboat ;)

A photograph of an Angelina Jolie Lara Croft figure in Venice

This is an identical shot as we can see in the first movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie :) We found the place where a cameraman stood!

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of the Meteora in Greece

When you are in Greece you have to visit The Meteora! Inside one of the monasteries there is Tomb of Tihocan.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of the old Core Design Headquarters

In late 2016, when we celebrated 20th anniversary of the franchise, we visited the place where Lara Croft was born – the old headquarter of Core Design in Derby, England.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure at the Tomb Raider Suite concert in Derby

On 18th December 2016 we saw The Tomb Raider Suite, the amazing concert of Nathan McCree. Of course Lara was there with us too!

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure being kissed by Shelley Blond

Absolutely amazing moment - Shelley Blond, the very first voice of Lara Croft, kissed our figure. From this moment we haven’t cleaned it ;)

A photo of Bartosz, Shelley Blond, Nathan McCree, and Meagan Marie

Bartosz with Shelley Blond, Nathan McCree and Meagan Marie :)

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure in front of St Pauls Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral is the iconic monument in London, quite close to Thames Wharf.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure inside Temple Station

Temple station is quite similar to Aldwych, isn’t it? Whenever Lara gets inside the tube, she is chased by a train ;)

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure inside the Natural History Museum

In TR3 Lara visited Natural History Museum, but it was Core Design mistake, because there is no Egyptian relics there. In fact she visited the British Museum.

A photograph of a Lara Croft figure inside a skyscraper in Tokyo

In Tokyo we found the very high skyscraper so we could take similar picture as Tomb Raider Legend render :)

A photo of webmaster Robert with two women in kimono in Japan

Robert really enjoyed Japan! It was his biggest dream to go there and meet the Japanese culture.

A photograph of a TR2013 Lara Croft figure in front of a temple in Japan

Is it a castle from Yamatai Island? No, but it’s very similar isn’t it? :) It’s the castle in Matsumoto.

You can read more about our trips with Lara’s figures on our website (however please keep in mind you'll need to use Google Translator if you are not Polish!)

We also have a couple of videos from our Venice trip and our Derby trip!

Aside their official website, you can catch the World of Tomb Raider team on Facebook and Instagram! Until next time.

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