Custom Indy Figures – Major Nadia Kirov

The characters from Indiana Jones Expanded Universe also interest me, and if I should come across suitable figures or custom fodder that I can use to customise some of these characters, I will gladly do so, as it was in the case here.

#64: Major Nadia Kirov from the comic “Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix”

In 1947, two years after WWII ended, Indiana Jones was on a quest to search for the legendary Philosophers’ Stone when he crossed paths with Soviet Army Major Nadia Kirov, who was assigned by the Soviet Army to recover ancient artifacts looted by the Nazis. Indy had found a part of the stone in Kiev, and later escaped from Major Kirov. Unknown to Indy, Major Kirov had let Indy go, for she was using him as bait to track down the fugitive Dr. Matthias Jäger, a mysterious Nazi alchemist who also had his own plans to use the Philosophers’ Stone to resurrect the dead Nazi army and conquer the world.

Recipe:
The whole figure of – Ysanne Isard (Star Wars Expanded Universe)
Skirt – Thuggee Temple Guard (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”)
Holster – One of the Indiana Jones

I came across a loose figure of Ysanne Isard at the CSC flea market, and realised that she was probably the only 3.75″ figure with that hairstyle, which resembled that of Major Nadia Kirov from the comic “Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix”. After determining that I had the other additional parts required to customise the figure, I bought the figure. The skirt came from a Thuggee Temple Guard, it was first trimmed to fit onto the existing skirt, and then pasted on using epoxy. Additional collars and buttons were added to the uniform, also using epoxy. An Indy gun holster was attached to the skirt (the gun holster didn’t always appear in the comic panels). And the hair was repainted blond. For accessory, I have created a Russian winter hat for the figure.


Soviet Army Major Nadia Kirov wearing her Russian winter hat.
The star on the hat came from the shoulder strap of Dovchenko.


One of the many encounters between Indy and Major Kirov.

And Major Nadia Kirov comes with an alternate costume!


Major Kirov dons an civilian disguise in the later part of the story
when she goes undercover in her pursuit of Dr. Jäger.

Recipe:
Torso, arms, legs, vest: All came from Princess Leia (Hoth outfit) (“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”)

The idea to create an alternate costume for Major Kirov came when I realised I already had the parts required, having earlier used the head of Princess Leia for another custom, and the rest of the figure was just lying around doing nothing. Putting it to good use.


Major Kirov works with Indy to stop Dr. Jäger from raising the Nazi army from the dead.

Note: “Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix” was originally planned to be the sequel to the game “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis”. That was until LucasArts discovered that the game’s depiction of Nazi symbols and the revival of Nazi power would have been regarded as politically incorrect in Germany (and it still is), and it would have faced distribution problems. As LucasArts wouldn’t be able to recuperate the loss from not selling the game in Germany, the game was canceled, but nevertheless the story was later adapted and published in comic form under the same title.

[UPDATE – 18 August 2013: I’ve revisited the figure to make some changes.]

revisit10_nadiakI’ve cut out the gun holster from a spare Dovchenko skirt and gave it to Soviet Major Nadia Kirov. The Soviet-style gun holster is much more accurate than that cowboy Indy gun holster originally used.

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