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.

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