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.

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