Custom Indy Figures – German Mechanic and Marion in white dress

What Hasbro fails to make, we Indiana Jones fans customise, and here is a showcase of the latest two Indy customs that I have made:
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German Mechanic from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”:
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After Indy knocks out the wrench-wielding German Mechanic, Indy continues on his attempt to hijack the Flying Wing, and this time he was interrupted by the massive muscular German Mechanic, who was only all too eager for a fistfight with Indy.
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Recipe:
Head and upper arms – Serpentor from G.I. Joe
Torso, lower arms and legs –  Chief Temple Guard (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”)
Boots – Indiana Jones
Belt – Sandstorm Han Solo (“Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”)
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The German Mechanic was one of the more memorable Indiana Jones adversary thanks to his down and dirty fistfight with Indy in ROTLA, although technically speaking he was the second mechanic to appear onscreen (the first one was the one with the wrench). The German Mechanic is another one of the canceled 5 Indy figures. He was protrayed by actor Pat Roach, who also protrayed the Chief Temple Guard in “Temple of Doom”. Therefore, it is possible to customise a German Mechanic figure by working on the Chief Temple Guard as they both has the same body sculpt since both were protrayed by the same actor.
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I acquired an extra Chief Temple Guard from eBay just so as to create the German Mechanic. The armor can be removed to reveal a bare chest.
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The German Mechanic’s head comes from G.I. Joe Serpentor, with the eyebrows and moustache painted on. Removing the elbow bands from the Guard, I found that the upper arms were too short and didn’t extend to the elbows. Fortunately, Serpentor so happens to have a pair of muscular upper arms which I transplanted onto the torso. The wrist bands were dremeled off. Epoxy was applied over the socks to create a smooth surface for the boots gaiters, while I replaced the shoes with Indy boots, painted black. The most difficult part was to mix a suitable skin colour to paint onto the torso. Most of the times I do not like to make alterations on the head as the delicate face details could get damaged, so I mixed a skin colour to match that of the head, finally coming up with the right proportions of mix for a close enough match.
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My custom German Mechanic (left), compared with the canceled figure (right).
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 German Mechanic in action, with Indy getting the punch.
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Marion in white dress from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”:
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After Marion was kidnapped by Belloq, Marion changes into the white dress offered by Belloq so as to play for time while she tries to figure out a way to escape from captivity.
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Recipe:
Head – Marion Ravenwood (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Torso and legs – Padme Amidala (“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”)
Arms – Mutt Williams with snake (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Ribbon – René Belloq (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
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The main part of this custom (torso and legs) comes from Padme Amidala in “black dress” from “Attack of the Clones”. Originally, the dress stretched all the way down to the shoes, and I cut off just enough of the dress to show the legs. The legs were joined together, which made the figure almost impossible to stand. Using a penknife I sliced between the legs and spread the legs so that the figure can balance on its feet, just barely though. Epoxy was used to sculpt the shoulder straps, the sleeves bludge, and the right shoe. Note that Marion was wearing only one shoe as she had dropped the other when she was thrown into the Wells of Souls. The dress has two flower decos, on the front and at the back. And the ribbon comes from the Belloq’s headpiece. The same skin paint from the German Mechanic was used to apply on Marion’s skin, the paint matched with Marion’s face.
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The back of Marion’s dress (left), showing that big flower deco. Marion’s dress originally stretched all the way to the floor, before Indy ripped her dress to use as fuel to keep the fire going. On the right you can see Marion’s dress as it frst appeared.
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My custom Marion in white dress (left), compared with Hasbro’s design (right). The legs don’t exactly match, Hasbro Marion’s legs has much more articulation. But at least, the figure can still stand.
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And with that, I have actually customised all five of the canceled Hasbro Indiana Jones figures! I consider this achievement a great feat in itself!
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The lost Hasbro 5, trying to look like heroes here.
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[UPDATE – 17 August 2013: I’ve revisited the Marion figure to make some changes.]
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I have replaced Marion’s arms (which originally came from Mutt Williams), with that of Leesub Sirln, so now Marion looks considerably more feminine.
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