Custom Indy Figures – Colonel Musgrove

I’ve finally gotten around to complete this custom Indy figure, which had been held up by work, life, movies, and other distractions.

#63: Colonel Musgrove from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

In 1936, two US Army Intelligence personnel approached Indiana Jones for assistance regarding a matter of national security. Colonel Musgrove began his briefing to Indy, and was about to go into details when his associate, Major Eaton, took over the briefing and explained that the Nazis had sent teams of archaeologists all over the world in search of powerful religious artifacts. Colonel Musgrove then took out from his briefcase a recently intercepted Nazi communique which suggest that a former acquaintance of Indy might have been involved in the Nazi effort. Indy determines from the communique that the Nazis were on the verge of finding the Ark of the Covenant, an artifact of immense power. The US Army subsequently enlists Indy’s help in going after the Ark and retrieving it before the Nazis could lay their hands on it.

Head – Chancellor Valorum (“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”)
Torso, legs, hands – Indiana Jones (Idol) (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Arms, jacket – Monkey Man (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)

Colonel Musgrove is another one of my custom figures who wear a suit jacket. It would have been possible to use Henry Jones Sr.‘s torso for Musgrove as he already wears a bowtie and a vest.  However by now the Henry Jones figure can no longer be found here, so I decided to pioneer a cheaper technique, by using epoxy to sculpt a vest onto an Indy torso, and pasting on a bowtie, which was cut from paper and similarly sculpted on using epoxy. The jacket was cut from Monkey Man‘s robes, using epoxy to sculpt the lapels and buttons. Chancellor Valorum‘s head was used as I thought he best resembled Musgrove, with his hair repainted blond.

Comparison between Colonel Musgrove and Henry Jones Sr.

Now that I have tried and tested this technique for sculpting a bowtie-vest torso, I will be testing out a similar technique to sculpt a tie-vest torso, As I had found out, it isn’t always accurate to use Henry Jones’ jacket for all suit jacket figures either, but I’ll go into that in another blog.

US Army Intelligence personnel – Colonel Musgrove and Major Eaton.
Oh boy, here comes the odd couple.

Indy and Marcus explain to Eaton and Musgrove about the lost Ark.

After Indy had retrieved the Ark of the Covenant, the US Army takes custody of the Ark. At the wrap-up meeting, Major Eaton assures Indy and Brody that the Ark was being studied by “top men”. But in fact the Ark was placed in a crate and then stored away amongst thousands of other crates in Hangar 51.

Note: Colonel Musgrove returns in two Indiana Jones junior books set in 1941 – “Indiana Jones and the Pyramid of the Sorcerer” and “Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai”, whereby in both stories he plays his familar role of recruiting Indy on behalf of the United States government, to search for and acquire ancient powerful artifacts before they fall into enemy hands.


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