Custom Indy Figures – Venice Elsa

Hello world, today I showcase that conniving bitch from “The Last Crusade” !

#62: Venice Elsa from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

Hoping to find his missing Dad, Indiana Jones accepted Walter Donovan’s request for him to continue his Dad’s search for the Holy Grail. Donovan arranged for Indy and Marcus Brody to rendezvous with Dr. Schneider in Venice, Italy. At the Venetian docks, Indy and Brody were met by Elsa Schneider, the art historian who was working with Indy’s Dad before he went missing at the local library. Searching the library, Indy finds the entrance to the underground catacombs. Indy and Elsa then explored the catacombs together and they find the tomb of Sir Richard, a knight of the First Crusade, and the tomb held a clue on the whereabouts of the Holy Grail.

Face, arms, hands – Elsa Schneider (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”)
Hair – Willie Scott (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”)
Torso, legs – Padme Amidala (“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”)

As I was able to procure several loose Indiana Jones figures at the local flea market, I decided to customise another Elsa figure, this time creating her in the image as she first appeared in the movie. And this was a challenge, as Venice Elsa has free-hanging hair, whereas the original Elsa’s figure has her hair tied up in a bun. So I decided to transplant Willie Scott’s hair onto Elsa’s head! Not an easy task, as I had to slice off Elsa’s hair just above her forehead and ears, cut out Willie’s face from her hair without damaging the hair, and dremel underneath the hair so that Elsa’s head can fit in snugly and appear seamless. Furthermore, Elsa’s hair is brushed behind her ear on the left side. To replicate this, the hair was also trimmed appropiately to show the left ear.

The rest of the custom work involves transplanting Elsa’s arms to the torso, using epoxy to sculpt the lapels, buttons, and shoes, and painting the figure. The flower on the lapel was made from a piece of rubber pilfered from a keychain souvenir. As a sidenote, Elsa’s arms are particularly fragile and can crack easily if you are not careful, especially at the shoulders and upper arms.

Elsa leads the way to the library, while Indy filrts with her all the way.

Indy and Elsa make their way through the catacombs.

Indy and Elsa find the tomb of Sir Richard. On the shield are inscriptions which could lead to the location of the Holy Grail.

The three faces of Elsa. From left: Venice Elsa, Brunwald Elsa, and the original Elsa Schneider figure. Using Padme Amidala’s torso for the custom has made Elsa appear shorter.

Just one more:

Here is a group photo of all my custom female Indy figures.
Front row: (From left) Sophia Hapgood, Cigarette Girl, Red Dress Willie, Temple Escape Willie, Irina Spalko v2.0
Back row: (From left) Mary Williams, Nepal Marion, Marion in white dress, Venice Elsa, Brunwald Elsa

Just another one more:

And we’ve had the special appearances of a couple of other items which were compatible with my Indiana Jones figures. The skeleton knight with sword is actually a G.I. Joe figure. The coffin came with Prison Escape Jack Sparrow, the shield is the artifact that came with the Grail Knight. And the headless skeletal remains belongs to this Star Wars figure.

Custom Indy Figures – The Maharaja of Pankot

Hello world, I present my latest custom Indiana Jones figure!

#61: Maharaja Zalim Singh from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

Zalim Singh inherited the position of Marahaja of Pankot from his father, who had died under mysterious circumstances. In 1935, Indiana Jones arrived at Pankot Palace in search of the missing Sankara Stone, and during the palace dinner when Indy insinuated that the evil Thuggee cult had returned, the Maharaja assured Indy that the evil “will never happen again” in his kingdom. Unknown to Indy, the Maharaja had already fallen under the Black Sleep of Kali, and was under the control of Thuggee High Priest Mola Ram, and Prime Minister Chattar Lal. Following Indy’s capture, the Maharaja used his voodoo skills to torture Indy with a krtya doll modelled after Indy’s likeness.

Head, torso, hands, legs – Short Round (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”)
Arms – Came from this Sonic the Hedgehog
Turban – Monkey Man (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Turban piece and belt piece – Both were cut from the skirt of René Belloq (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Necklace and turban accessory – Willie Scott (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”)

I had acquired an extra Short Round figure, and decided to customise the Maharaja from this figure. It then took a very long time before I found a suitable pair of arms for the Maharaja. Bear in mind that the Maharaja is a kid! Most figures at this scale had bare arms that were simply too long for the kid torso, and it would have looked way too wierd. Finally I found the arms of a recently released Sonic the Hedgehog to be of comparable length to Short Round’s, but Sonic was selling at an exorbitant nett price, too costly for me to buy it just to use its arms. Only in the past few weeks did the entire stock of Sonic merchandise went on clearance sale, and I felt justified in acquiring those arms at a greatly reduced price.

Short Round’s torso was dremeled down to resemble a bare chest. The Monkey Man’s turban was transplanted onto Short Round’s head. A small piece of branch cut from a plastic tree serves as the tuff on the turban. The arms had ball shoulder joints which fitted nicely onto the torso, and Short Round’s hands were cut off and transplanted onto the arms, using epoxy as glue. A silver bangle was cleverly painted over the seam where the arms and hands join, to conceal any uneveness. The skirt was made from a silver ribbon, held in shape by pins, one of which is hidden under the belt piece. A small metal bead chain serves as additional accessory on the Maharaja, and notice that the Maharaja wears earrings, made from small round pieces of rubber that I pilfered from a souvenir doll keychain. As a sidenote, the dominant colours on the Maharaja seem to be silver and black.

Backview of the Maharaja

Short Round faces off with the Maharaja, using a burning torch to sear the Maharaja and shock him out his trance.

    Thuggee group shot, a bunch of evil hordes! From left: Thuggee Temple Guard, Thuggee Assassin, Chief Temple Guard, Thuggee Swordsman, the Maharaja, Chattar Lal, High Priest Mola Ram, and Thuggee Acolyte.