Custom Indy Figures – Sallah in suit, and Helmut von Mephisto

Here’s two more of my awesome custom Indy figures:
#24 (Yes, I’m keeping track now!): Sallah in suit from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
Sallah has joined Indy in his latest adventure, to beat the Nazis in the quest for the Holy Grail. Sallah rendevoused with Marcus Brody in Iskanderun, only to lose Brody when the Nazis kidnap him. Indy and his Dad arrive shortly thereafter, and together with Sallah, they pursued the Nazi convoy into the desert and successfully rescued Brody. Although later at the Grail Temple, Sallah does not do or say much other than serve as Indy’s ally.
The whole figure – Sallah (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), except for the jacket
Jacket – Monkey Man (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
And this is a customisation of the Sallah figure, to convert his appearance to that as seen in “The Last Crusade”. Sallah’s head originally wore a turban with a piece of cloth hanging on the right side of the face. That piece of cloth was cut off, and some dremeling was done to even out the plastic in order to recreate the face, with an ear sculpted on using epoxy. The turban itself was also dremeled to reduce its size such that I can apply on the epoxy to create the fez hat. The front of the torso was dremeled down a bit so as to create a space to sculpt the collars and the tie. The circular pattern on the tie was printed out, while the belt was cut out of Sallah’s original skirt. Epoxy was used to create additional length to the pants such that it now reached down to the shoes.
Sallah in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (left), and Sallah in “The Last Crusade” (right).

The jacket was modified from Monkey Man’s jacket, with the lapels and pockets sculpted on using epoxy, a skill I had previously developed when I was customising Belloq in suit. I had difficulty in finding the suitable maize colour to paint the suit, as no such colour was for sale! In the end I figured out how to create the maize colour by mixing white with dark yellow. I thought that I can improve upon my previous attempt to create the suit. Belloq’s suit had a thick paint layer which obscured much of the lapels. However, for Sallah’s suit, I had no choice but also apply a thick layer of paint, as the ink I used for tracing the outlines for the lapels and pockets dissolved in the paint and was smudging through. A thick layer was needed to cover over the smudge. Damn. I’ll use a pencil to trace the outlines the next time. Lastly, Sallah’s gold chain was drawn on using a gold ink pen.

#25: Helmut von Mephisto from the Indiana Jones novel “Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai”
In 1941, Indiana Jones was hired by the US government, to search for advanced ancient technology and prevent them from falling into the hands of the Nazis. When Indy “borrows” some ancient scrolls from the Vatican archives for clues, he was pursued by the nefarious SS Obergruppenführer Helmut von Mephisto, who shoots force lightning from his mechanical right hand. Indy evades capture, and the clues leads Indy to an ancient missile site located in Mount Sinai. A final fight between Indy and Mephisto results in Mephisto getting trapped in the missile chamber during the launch sequence. The end of the book makes it clear that Mephisto survived.
Head – James McCullen XXIV aka Destro (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”)
Torso and lower left arm – Colonel Dovchenko (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Upper left arm – RPG Indiana Jones (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Right arm – 4-LOM (“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”)
Legs and belt – German soldier (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Gun and holster – Gung Ho (G.I. Joe)
Dagger – The dagger was converted from the sai of Storm Shadow (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”)
Iron Cross – Colonel Vogel (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”)
Ribbon Bar – Cut from that of Admiral Ozzel (“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”)
The cover for “Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai” (left), and the concept art for Toht (right).
The character of Helmut von Mephisto was based on the concept art for Major Toht in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, who was originally envisioned to have a mechanical arm. The cover for the Indiana Jones novel provided a picture of the awesome Indy adversary, which inspired me to customise the figure. The mechanical arm was obtained from one of the many robots from Star Wars. After the arm was attached onto the torso, plastic strips were superglued to the torso to create the straps that secure the mechanical arm to the body, as seen in the concept art. Mephisto’s gun holster faces the front, which made all of the spare holsters that I had unsuitable, except for that of the G.I. Joe Gung Ho. A close examination of the book cover shows that Mephisto carries a dagger on his leg. And so I had to create that as well, with the dagger scabbard made from the ink tube of a ball-point pen. In case you are wondering, both the gun and dagger are removable.
Mephisto vs. Indy. “Mephisto” is another name for the Devil.
Mephisto apparently wears his Iron Cross on his left chest pocket flap, which is a curious position since the Iron Cross is usually worn either centred on the left pocket, or at the neck. A small ribbon bar was made for Mephisto, just as shown on the book cover. The cover does not clearly show Mephisto’s rank badge for Obergruppenführer, and I have printed the rank badges which were pasted on the collars. The Nazi armband was also printed out and pasted on, different from my previous method of directly painting on the armbands for my customs of Colonel Vogel and Hitler. My research into detailing Mephisto’s uniform suggests that Mephisto could have been wearing an older design of SS uniform, since by 1941 SS personnel were wearing black uniforms of a new design, a fact that was mentioned in the book itself!
Let there be no doubt as to how the Nazi armband looks like.
Mephisto’s head belonged to that of the G.I. Joe bad guy Destro, who is an equally villianous figure. As an added bonus, I have acquired for Mephisto the force lightning of Darth Sidious, which makes Mephisto quite a formidable adversary for Indy since Mephisto uses three weapons: his gun, his dagger, and he shoots force lightning from his mechanical hand!

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