Custom Indy Figures – Sons of Lao Che

For this showcase we return to Club Obi Wan. Check it out !

#53: Kao Kan from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

In 1935, Indiana Jones arrived in Shanghai for an artifact exchange with the crimelord Lao Che. However, the night before the exchange, Lao Che’s son, Kao Kan, paid Indy a visit in an attempt to steal the artifact. Few details exist about what exactly transpired during the encounter, which resulted in Kao Kan losing a finger on his left hand, and Indy merely saying that he had spared Kao Kan’s life. There was no question that Kao Kan was barely able to contain his anger at Indy during the artifact exchange at Club Obi Wan the following evening, a fury which finally manifested itself when, after the negotiations had broken down and a fight ensued between Indy and Lao Che’s men, Kao Kan grabbed a Tommy gun from his henchman and wantonly sprayed lead at Indy, without him paying much attention to his aiming.

Head – From a PLA 3.75″ soldier figure
Torso, legs, hands – Indiana Jones (idol) (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Arms – Plo Koon (“Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”)
Jacket – Monkey Man (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)

The head used for Kao Kan comes from a PLA soldier figure, which I acquired during my trip to Hong Kong. As a sidenote, the manufacturers of the PLA soldier series seem to be the same as that of the World Peacekeepers series since the PLA soldiers use the same models of weaponry, from Humvees to APCs. Actually, I had bought several of this figure, and the one with the most badass face was chosen. The arms were extra custom fodder from another Star Wars figure. Additional hair was sculpted on with epoxy to create a center-parting. And again true to the screen appearance, the index finger on the left hand was sliced off, with a bandage sculpted on using epoxy.

#54: Chen from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

Chen, another son of Lao Che, was a thin, balding man, who spoke little during Indy’s artifact exchange with Lao Che, save for uttering a few curses at Indy in his native dialect, when he thought that Indy had mocked his half-brother Kao Kan. But he proved to be quite the marksman when, without anybody noticing, he took out Indy’s sidekick Wu Han, shooting him with his pistol right at the same time when several champagne bottles were popping which disguised the sound of the gunshot. Chen was laughing at Indy’s predicament when Indy, determined to avenge Wu Han, grabbed a flaming skewer and hurled it at Chen, causing Chen to scream and die in agony.

Head – Mace Windu (“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”)
Torso, legs – Indiana Jones (idol) (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Arms – Luke Skywalker (“Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”)
Right hand – German Soldier (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Jacket – Monkey Man (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)

You didn’t recognise Mace Windu, did you? His bald head made it perfect for painting the balding hairline, and with the mustache painted on he looks exactly like Chen. There’s another reason why I used Mace Windu’s head for this figure. There so happened to be another Windu figure with him screaming, and I was inspired to create an alternate head for Chen, for reasons that will soon become obvious. Chen’s arms come from a ROTJ Luke Skywalker, the arms already have black long sleeves, so I saved myself the trouble of painting the colour and having to deal with sticky arms (The acrylic colours, even when dried, are always a bit sticky). Also, flat black seems to grow moldy quite easily, and I’ve avoided this for the arms. A piece of white ribbon serves as Chen’s scarf.

Lao Che and his sons await for Indy’s arrival.

Lao Che introduces Indiana Jones to Willie Scott.

Indy avenges Wu Han by killing Chen with a flaming skewer.

“I want kill you!” (actual translation)

Lao Che and Kao Kan look on as Indy makes his getaway at Nang Tao Airport. Unknown to Indy, the plane belonged to Lao Che’s consortium, and Lao Che, who had just lost one of his sons moments ago, was instead rather happy as he knows that he can radio instructions to the pilots to exact his revenge on Indy.

N.B. The Indiana Jones novel “Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs” has a reference to a third son of Lao Che, who was decribed as a fat man and also in the gangster business.


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