Custom Indy Figures – Messenger Pirate

Here’s a milestone – my 40th custom Indiana Jones figure!

#40: Messenger Pirate from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

The sailor refered to as “Messenger Pirate” served as First Mate onboard the Bantu Wind, which Indiana Jones had hired to smuggle both him and Marion, and the Ark of the Covenant, out of Egypt and away from the Nazis. However, the Bantu Wind was intercepted by a German U-boat. The Nazis capture Marion and reclaim the Ark, but they were unable to find Indy. After the Nazis had left, Captain Katanga asks Messenger Pirate to search the ship for Indy, and the Messenger Pirate finds Indy stowing away onboard the departing U-boat.

Head – Roadblock (G.I. Joe)
Torso – Cemetary Warrior (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Arms, legs, and belt – Talon Karrde (Star Wars Expanded Universe)
Jacket – Biggs Darklighter (“Star Wars Episode IV:  A New Hope”)
Gun holster – RPG Indiana Jones (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Chest ammo straps – The ammo pouches come from two German Soldiers (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), while one strap is the sling of Indy’s satchel, the other comes from the strap of  Sgt. Misha Zubenkov (G.I. Joe)

Actually, the inspiration for this figure came from Marvel Universe’s Luke Cage, which has a grey woollen cap that I thought resembled that worn by the Messenger Pirate. And so, perhaps I could customise the Messenger Pirate which could possibly wear that cap. The Messenger Pirate figure would also nicely compliment the Captain Katanga custom that I had previously created.

I found that G.I. Joe Roadblock‘s head most resembled that of Messenger Pirate, all it needed was an extra paintjob to paint the beard and moustache. I had bought Talon Karrde for use as possible custom fodder. In fact the arms, legs and belt were used for this custom. Especially the legs, of which the pants were already in the same green colour as worn by the Messenger Pirate, so there was no need for me to paint them. In addition, the belt had a clip buckle, just as seen in the movie. It turned out that the Luke Cage’s woollen cap was too large for the head, so the final cap was sculpted on using epoxy, with a plastic tie used for the brim. The Messenger Pirate wears a watch on his right wrist, which I created by using black tape for the strap, and a small round piece of paper for the clock face.

Belloq and the Nazis board the ship and reclaimed possession of the Ark. Facing overwhelming firepower, Katanga and his crew were unable to prevent the Nazis from taking Marion and the Ark away.

Captain Katanga and Messenger Pirate cheer on as Indy stows away onto the German U-boat. And we have a special appearance by G.I. Joe Shipwreck (behind left), and Captain Jack Sparrow (behind right). Since these guys are all a bunch of jolly seamen I thought I’d picture them together.

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