Custom Indy Figures – Possessed Indy, and Thuggee Acolyte

We have an awesome “Temple of Doom” special here, with two custom Indy figures from that movie, plus something extra !
 
Possessed Indy from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”:
 
After Indy was caught trying to steal the Sankara Stones, he was made to drink a vile concoction, which placed him under the Black Sleep of Kali and made him think that he was a believer of the Thuggee cult. The Thuggee High Priest Mola Ram then instructs Indy to sacrifice Willie Scott to the Goddess of Death.
 
Recipe:
Head and legs – Indiana Jones
Torso, left arm, and upper right arm – Anakin Skywalker with tattoo (“Star Wars Clone Wars” – the 2D cartoon version)
Lower right arm – Cairo Swordsman (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
 
One surprising difficulty that I faced when I was customising this particular Indy figure was transplanting the lower right arm from the Cairo Swordsman over to Anakin Skywalker’s right arm. Remember that in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” Count Dooku had cut off Anakin’s right hand, and it was replaced with an artificial hand. The bare-chested Anakin figure likewise came with a artificial right hand, which must be replaced with a normal one for my custom Indy. The most difficult part in doing this was in determining the appropiate length to cut the arm such that, after it was transplanted over, both the right and left arms would be equally long. And I figured out how to do this by using the distance from the elbow to the thumb as a benchmark. Making sure that this distance was the same on both arms ensured that both arms would be of equal length. If not, one arm would have looked longer than the other, which would have been a disaster.
 
And being a stickler to details, I had added on the “U” symbol on Indy’s forehead, as well as several whip marks on Indy’s back.
 
The whip marks are at exactly where they appeared in “Temple of Doom”.
  
Thuggee Acolyte from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”:
 
Following the conclusion of a human sacrifice to Kali, the Thuggee Acolytes bring forth the Sankara Stones and placed them upon the Thuggee altar. The Thuggee Acolytes operated the levers of the sacrificial mechanism, and they tried to stop Indy from saving Willie after Indy was freed from the Black Sleep of Kali.
 
Recipe:
Head – Mutt Williams with snake (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Torso and arms – Gung Ho (G.I. Joe)
Legs, and turban – Monkey Man (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Skirt – Po Nudo (“Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”)
Waist wraparound – Cut from the skirt of René Belloq (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Medal – Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony) (“Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”)
Horns and spike on the headpiece – These were cut from the sai of Storm Shadow (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”)
 
I had the bare-chested torso of the G.I. Joe figure Gung Ho, which I had acquired earlier when I was scouting for suitable parts for the German Mechanic. And when a Po Nudo went on clearance sale, I knew I can buy it to use its “skirt” to customise a Thuggee Acolyte. After I had attached the torso to the skirt, I was thinking of sculpting the waist wraparound by using epoxy alone, until I came up with a much easier short cut, by cutting out the wraparound from a spare Belloq’s skirt. and pasting it around the Acolyte’s waist, to cover over the joint between the torso and the skirt. I used the Monkey Man’s legs, although you can barely see it under the skirt. I had several Mutt William’s head around as spares, and with all that facial markings on the Acolyte no one should be able to recognise whose head it belonged to. The turban was transplanted over from the Monkey Man. And the headpiece was made from the head of a small plastic toy soldier that I had, with the horns and spike attached.
 
You cannot believe how many items the Thuggee Acolyte wears around his neck, but I have placed the neckpieces in the correct order, with the red thread, the medal, and the beadpiece. There are supposed to be two medals and the beadpiece loops twice around the neck, but I decided to save myself the trouble. In “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, two versions of the Acolytes appear, one wearing a white skirt dotted with red markings, the other wears an all-red skirt. I chose to do the harder custom, although the red markings had no way of matching the onscreen appearance since it is almost impossible to see how the markings look like from the movie, and I had to use my imagination.
 
 “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” gets a rather bad rap for having a considerably darker tone in its story. Nonetheless, I have created custom figures of characters from the movie, along with this special custom item: the awesome Thuggee altar !
 
The Thuggee altar with the Sankara Stones.
The altar is flanked by Indy, Thuggee Acolyte, Thuggee Swordsman, and a Temple Guard.
 
I did not actually go and create that skull, it was a souvenir that I had bought in LA Disneyland several years back. The Sankara Stones were made from styrofoam, while the cobra came with the Cobra Commander from “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”.
 
After Indy was freed from the Thuggee influence, Indy defeats the Thuggee and recovers the Sankara Stones. He then decides to save the child slaves held in the mines. See if you can spot the goof in the movie which I had corrected for in this pic.
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3 Responses to Custom Indy Figures – Possessed Indy, and Thuggee Acolyte

  1. Andre A says:

    So on your Thuggee Alcolyte, how do we attach the Monkey Man turban to the Mutt Williams head? The Monkey Man turban is permanently attached to the Monkey Man head and cannot be removed.

    • Tommy Lin says:

      You will need to use a knife to slice the turban off Monkey Man’s head, as well as slice the top of Mutt Williams’ head such that the turban can be glued on. Be careful with the knife! :)

  2. Thuggee Acolyte is just terrific. Well done!

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