Custom Indy Figures – Agent Otto, and Tuxedo Indy

My custom work on Indy figures continues, with this showcase of my latest two Indy customs!
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#26: Agent Otto from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
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Gestapo Agent Otto served as Major Toht’s henchman when Toht went to Nepal to obtain an ancient artifact from Marion Ravenwood. Indy interrupts Toht’s interrogation of Marion, and a gunfight breaks out. As Indy struggles with one of Toht’s hired thugs, Toht orders Otto to shoot both of them to save themselves the trouble. Before Otto could carry out his orders, Indy guns him down.
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Recipe:
The whole figure – Bruce Wayne (“The Dark Knight”)
Trenchcoat – Cobra Commander (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”)
Hat – Indiana Jones (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
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Agent Otto was a straight forward custom, and all I needed to do to make this custom was to wait till I can acquire a Bruce Wayne figure for a cheap enough price, which happened when someone was selling it for only $1 at CSC. I was originally planning to modify a Monkey Man’s robe, and then I realised that I can use the Cobra Commander’s trenchcoat which I already had. Additional work included painting on the moustache, and painting his clothes in gloss black. In the actual movie, Otto’s trenchcoat was closed, not open. But I shall allow some dramatic leeway for this custom.
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“Fraulein Ravenwood, …we’re not thirsty…”
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#27: Tuxedo Indy from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
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Indy dresses in his best as he enters into Club Obi-wan in Shanghai for some deadly negotiations with the crime lord Lao Che. Indy trades an ancient urn containing Lao Che’s Emperor ancestor, in exchange for a long sought-after diamond. Lao Che then tries to keep both artifacts for himself by attempting a double-cross, spiking Indy’s drink with poison, and forcing Indy to exchange the diamond for the antidode. A tussle breaks out between Indy and Lao Che’s men, and Indy escapes with the antidode, dragging along Lao Che’s trophy nightclub singer from the firefight.
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Recipe:
Head, torso, legs – Indiana Jones (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Arms – German Soldier (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Jacket –  Monkey Man (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
A bit of the vest – Comes from that of James McCullen XXIV aka Destro (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”)
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A recent clearance sale of several Monkey Man figures had allowed me to proceed with the custom work for figures in suit, and Tuxedo Indy is among one of them. Some of the more difficult part of this custom involved the sculpting on of collars using epoxy and the addition of the bowtie. The bowtie was cut from a strip of rubber tie. The vest flaps covering the belt actually comes from that of James McCullen XXIV, cut out from his jacket, with the jacket now belonging to the Kazim figure. The rest of the vest were sculpted using epoxy, and that required several layers of epoxy and paint, to achieve the smooth uniform texture. Monkey Man’s robe was cut into the jacket, with lapels sculpted on with epoxy. And the red flower deco is a small round piece of red packet paper.
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There seems to be a misconception among other Indy figures customisers in that they created their Tuxedo Indy wearing an all-white jacket, when onscreen the jacket has an off-white, maize colour, which was what I used to paint the jacket. The difference between the maize and white colours become obvious when you compare the jacket with Indy’s white inner shirt.
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Indy inspects his diamond.
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[UPDATE – 18 August 2013: I’ve revisited the Indy figure to make some changes.]
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Shortly after I had created Tuxedo Indy, I developed a new method of creating a bowtie by sculpting epoxy onto a bowtie-shaped piece of paper, a method which was then applied on all subsequent bowtie figures. So I decided to revisit Tuxedo Indy to redo his bowtie. The previous bowtie did not look as prominent as the new one.
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