Custom Indy Figures – Major Gobler

Hi world, I’ve completed another Indy custom figure, one that had been in the plans for quite a while.

#59: Major Gobler from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Major Gobler was personal assistant to Colonel Dietrich during the Nazis’ search for the Ark of the Covenant in Egypt. When Belloq’s excavations had so far yielded no success, it was Gobler who suggested interrogating Marion for more information on the possible location of the Ark. After Indy had destroyed the Flying Wing intended for delivering the Ark to Berlin, Colonel Dietrich orders the Ark to be transported by land to Cairo, and assigned Gobler to oversee the security detail. As part of the security escort, Major Gobler was driving a troop car when Indy hijacked the truck carrying the Ark. During the chase, Indy rammed Gobler’s troop car off a cliff, sending Gobler to his doom.

Head – Imperial Officer (“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”)
Torso, arms, legs, cap – German Soldier (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Hands – Spare black gloved hands of Elsa Schneider (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”)
Gun holster, and Luger – Colonel Vogel (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”)

Major Gobler uses the same recipe and custom method as Colonel Dietrich, only that the head came from a different Imperial Officer. I had held off creating a custom Gobler until now as I wanted to do the customs of other characters which use different methods of custom work, and it felt rather repetative to do a Gobler custom so soon after I had completed the Colonel Dietrich figure.

The ammo straps on the German Soldier were sliced off, and epoxy was used to create a smooth layer over the uniform. Epoxy was also used to sculpt the collars, tie, buttons, and the eagle insignias on the right chest and cap. The ammo pouches on the belt were also sliced off, and Vogel’s gun holster was glued onto the belt. One notable difference between Dietrich and Gobler is that Dietrich’s pants is in dark yellow colour, while Gobler’s pants is in desert yellow. It always seemed to me that in the movie, perhaps due to the lighting, Gobler’s pants is slightly darker.

Toht, accompanied by Dietrich and Gobler, arrives to interrogate Marion.

Gobler drives a troop car as part of the security convoy.

For the sufficiently sharp-eyed:

I have mounted a more accurate 1:18 scale MG34 machine gun onto the troop car. The machine gun came with this Century Soldier German infantry figure. See below for the original gun which came with the troop car.

The original gun was seriously oversized, and it shoots a projectile.


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