Custom Indy Figures – Walter Donovan and Sophia Hapgood

Here’s two more of my awesome Indiana Jones custom figures:
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Walter Donovan from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”:
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Walter Donovan was a wealthy art and archaeology enthusiast who has allied himself with the Nazis in his quest to acquire the Holy Grail, drinking from which would grant him everlasting life. For the final leg of his quest, Donovan has changed into a safari outfit, as his convoy sets off for the Canyon of the Crecent Moon, where the Grail Temple is located.
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Recipe:
Head – General Veers (“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”)
Rest of the body – Colonel Vogel (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”)
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In “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, Walter Donovan was protrayed by actor Julian Glover, who also protrayed General Veers in “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”. Since almost every Star Wars character got its own figure, it was possible for me to customise a convincing Donovan figure by using the head of General Veers. The other time I did something similar was when I used the head of Admiral Ozzel to create the Adolf Hitler figure. Strictly speaking, such instances are rare, and I think these are the only two instances of same actor – different character between Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Work on Donovan’s head involved slicing off Veers’ cap, using epoxy to sculpt the head top, and painting the grey hair, as well as the bit of skin on his scalp.
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General Veers (Star Wars)               Colonel Vogel (TLC)     
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I decided to transform Vogel’s military uniform into Donovan’s safari outfit as the two attire resembled each other. Vogel’s pockets needed some modifications in the form of sculpting an additional middle band on the chest pockets, and sculpting the pouches of the lower pockets. The two lapel badges were cut off, and they became the buckles on Donovan’s belt. One of the round medals on Vogel’s pocket became a badge on Donovan’s lapel. Epoxy was used to smooth over Vogel’s belt buckle.
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“Today is a good day to start living forever, isn’t it ? Herr Colonel ?”
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Sophia Hapgood from the Indiana Jones game “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis”:
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Sophia Hapgood was an archaeologist who had previously worked with Indy during an expedition in Iceland some years back. Since then, Sophia had concentrated her research on the subject of the lost continent of Atlantis, giving psychic presentations to showcase her apparent connection with an ancient Atlantean God. In 1939, Indy contacted Sophia when he learnt that the Nazis were gathering all research and artifacts concerning Atlantis. Indy and Sophia then teamed up in an attempt to prevent the Nazis from finding Atlantis and acquire its advanced technology.
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Recipe:
Head – Mara Jade (Star Wars Expanded Universe)
Torso – Marion Ravenwood (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Arms, jacket and belt – Indiana Jones
Legs – Mace Windu (“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”)
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This is an enlarged sprite of Sophia Hapgood.
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Sophia Hapgood is a character from the “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis” game. FOA is one of the best Indiana Jones games ever released, but personally, I haven’t played the game fully as I couldn’t get the game to run properly on my computer yet. The face of Sophia Hapgood resembeld that of Mara Jade, the wife of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, especially her long red hair. Mace Windu’s legs were used as I had those as spares, leftover from an earlier custom. Those legs already came with the brown boots, and the legs actually looked feminine. Some dremeling was needed to create the bustline on Marion’s torso. Fortunately, Sophia was wearing a brown leather jacket, just like Indy, and I can use my spare Indy arms and jacket for her. Sophia wears an Atlantean medallion around her neck. The medallion, which looks like a mask, was drawn by me, printed and cut out and pasted below Sophia’s neck, with the gold chain simply drawn on using gold ink pen.
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“Sophia, you take the lead. I’ll, uh, watch your back.”
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Note: Sophia Hapgood returned for another appearance in a subsequent game “Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine”, although in that game Sophia sports a different attire as well as a different hairdo.
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7 Responses to Custom Indy Figures – Walter Donovan and Sophia Hapgood

  1. Carl Bruce says:

    Hi, these custom Indy figures are fantastic! I do not have the knowledge or skill to do these. Can you make a set of custom Marcus Brody and Walter Donovan figures for me? I of course would be happy to compensate you for time, effort, and expenses. Please let me know.

    Carl

    • Tommy Lin says:

      Hello, thanks for your interest. Unfortunately I will not be taking any commissions as it is no longer possible for me to find the parts required to make the figures.

      • Carl says:

        Hi, If I am able to acquire the figures for you to assemble together, would you then be interested in helping me? I would be only looking to have 4 figures made. I know that there is no way that I would be able to do as great of a job as you can do. I appreciate any help that you would be willing to provide.

        Carl

      • Tommy Lin says:

        Hmm, okay if that’s the case I think I can help. But which figures are you interested in?

      • Carl says:

        Hi, I am looking to have you make Walter Donovan, Marcus Brody, Sallah, and Cruciform Sword Warrior (all of these being the Last Crusade versions that you show in your blog).

        Carl

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