Custom Indy Figures – Katanga and German Mechanic with wrench

Here’s a showcase of two more of my awesome custom Indiana Jones figures:
Captain Simon Katanga from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”:
After Indy steals back the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis, Sallah hires the services of Captain Katanga and his ship, to smuggle Indy, Marion, and the Ark out of Egypt. All goes well, until Katanga’s ship was stopped by a German U-boat. Marion and the Ark were captured, but Indy stowaways on the U-boat to seek another chance at freeing Marion and reclaiming the Ark.
Head and hands – Mace Windu (“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”)
Torso and legs – Mutt Williams with snake (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Arms, holster – Indiana Jones
Hat – Colonel Dovchenko (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Someone on the Indy discussion board had made an awesome custom Katanga using Mace Windu’s head. I decided to do the same since I knew where to get a Mace Windu figure. The head transplant was quite a challenge as the Star Wars heads are peg-joints (the head and neck are one piece, connecting to the torso via a peg), while Indy figures are all ball-joints (the separate heads connects to the neck, which is part of the torso). The head was directly connected via the neck, with the turtleneck sculpted on to conveniently cover over the seam where the necks meets. The hat comes from KOTCS Dovchenko, while the badge on the hat was printed from a ROTLA screenshot from Katanga wears his holster on his front left, which means that he draws his gun in a crossdraw fashion.
[UPDATE – 18 August 2013: I’ve revisited the figure to make some changes.]

Katanga was one of my early customs, and I wasn’t very happy with it. The head and neck were in one piece and it was just crudely pasted onto the torso, with the seams covered up by epoxy sculpted to shape like the turtleneck collar. Therefore the head doesn’t turn. Also, the badge on the hat was printed from a screen capture and it looked more like a smudge. To address all these issues, I decided to create an all-new Katanga figure.

The head of a more recent Mace Windu was used for Katanga. And this time round, the badge was designed on computer so that it now looks more detailed. In addition, a small metal ring was added to Katanga’s right wrist, to serve as a pair of bangles as seen onscreen. The pants were now painted in dark yellow, which I feel is more screen accurate.

German Mechanic with wrench from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”:
When Indy attempted to hijack the Flying Wing which was due to transport the Ark to Berlin, the German Mechanic sees Indy climbing onto the wing and tries to stop him. In the ensuing fight, the Mechanic attacks Indy with his wrench, but he is rendered unconscious when Indy knocks him into the side of the plane.
Head and legs – German Soldier (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Torso and arms – Mutt Williams with snake (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Wrench – The wrench was previously a wire-cutter belonging to a Navy Seal figure from the World Peacekeepers line.
This is a simple enough custom. The only challenge I had was in looking for a suitable wrench to go with the figure. And I found the wrench when I saw that the wire-cutter, which belong to a navy seal figure from a military figures line, can be modified into a wrench by simply cutting off one of the handles as well as a piece of the plastic. The wrench looks truly awesome, considering that it was a wire-cutter in the first place.

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