Awesome Toy Collection – Takara Tomy Indiana Jones Steamer Liner

I’ve said I was looking for it, and I’ve found it!

Here’s adding to my awesome collection – the Indiana Jones Steamer Liner

P1120361Indiana Jones Steamer Liner by Takara Tomy

I was browsing through a local sales apps on my iPhone when I found a listing for the Indiana Jones Steamer Liner, upon which I made an offer to purchase the item. I had previously searched for the Steamer Liner at toy shops and departmental stores but have yet to find it on sale. After my purchase offer was accepted, I paid a visit to the seller’s toy base to collect the item, I’ll go a little bit more into that later. But first, let’s take a look at the Indiana Jones Steamer Liner.

P1120362The Indiana Jones Steamer Liner is covered with the logo for “Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull”, which is a dark ride attraction at Tokyo DisneySea, which apparently has a steamer liner in service there. On the Steamer Liner you can also see Mickey Mouse, who’s wearing Indy’s fedora hat.

P1120364Apart from references to the crystal skull, the “Temple of the Crystal Skull” dark ride has no relation to the film “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, the ride was developed much earlier and it premiered back in 1995 at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, with another identical version of the ride opening in 2001 at Tokyo DisneySea. KOTCS itself was released in 2008.

P1120363aBow and aft view: Those circular things on the steamer liner, I think they are life preservers.

P1120366Top view: One obvious difference between TOTCS and KOTCS is that the crystal skull in TOTCS looks more human, whereas the crystal skull in KOTCS is more elongated and alien-looking. Oops, spoiler alert!

P1120367The bottom view of the Steamer Liner shows that it run on wheels. The 1/196 scale die cast Indiana Jones Steamer Liner was released by Takara Tomy in 2014, but I haven’t come across it at departmental stores.

P1120368Indiana Jones theme vehicles: The steamer liner, and the Land Cruiser.

P1120369The Indiana Jones Steamer Liner obviously is a promotion of the Indiana Jones Adventure: TOTCS dark ride at Tokyo DisneySea, which seems quite apt especially since Disney acquired Lucasfilm.

Regarding the seller, I’ll just say that it was quite an experience to take a look around his office/toy base, which houses not only the items on sale, as well as what I assume are his personal collections. This include Power Rangers toys, and a couple of other vintage items. And it’s not everyday that you can get to see a USS Flagg on display.

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A chronology of Indiana Jones adventures

Being an avid Indiana Jones fan, I have acquired quite a collection of Indiana Jones adventures which includes DVDs, novels, comics, and even video games. And I thought I’d arrange them in their chronological order, just to see how they will look.

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Here’s a listing of Indiana Jones adventures, and their supposed respective dates:
(Disclaimer: NOT ALL ever published Indiana Jones adventures are listed here, just the ones that I am more familar with. See the notes below.)

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – Indy as a kid (TV)                                                                                       1908-1910
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – Indy as a young man (TV)                                                                        1916-1920
Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi (novel)                                                                                                                        1922
Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants (novel)                                                                                             Summer 1925
Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils (novel)                                                                                                                March 1926
Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge (novel)                                                                                                       Spring 1927
Indiana Jones and the Unicorn’s Legacy (novel)                                                                                                          May 1928
Indiana Jones and the Interior World (novel)                                                                                                            Spring 1929
Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates (novel)                                                                                                                             1930
Indiana Jones and the White Witch (novel)                                                                                                                            1930
Indiana Jones Adventures Vol. 1 (comic)                                                                                                                  Winter 1930
Indiana Jones Adventures Vol. 2: Curse of the Invincible Ruby (comic)                                                                         1931
Indiana Jones and the Philosopher’s Stone (novel)                                                                                                 March 1933
Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs 
(novel)                                                                                                       October 1933
Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth 
(novel)                                                                                                                Early 1934
Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx 
(novel)                                                                                                             1934
Indiana Jones and the Shrine of the Sea Devil (comic, inside Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 2)                                 1935
Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb (video game)                                                                                                       1935
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (film)                                                                                                                      1935
Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods (comic)                                                                                                               1936
Raiders of the Lost Ark (film)                                                                                                                                                     1936
Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold (comic, inside Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 1)                                                   1937
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (film)                                                                                                                            1938
Indiana Jones: Thunder in the Orient (comic, inside Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 1)                                                  1938
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (video game)                                                                                                              1939
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (video game, also inside Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 1)                     May 1939
Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates (comic, inside Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 2)                                            1939
Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece (comic, inside Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 2)                                       April 1941
Indiana Jones and the Pyramid of the Sorcerer (junior novel)                                                                                           1941
Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai (junior novel)                                                                                August 1941
Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead (novel)                                                                                                                  1943
Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny (comic, inside Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 2)                                             1945
Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix (comic, inside Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 2)                                                   1947
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (video game)                                                                                                       1947
Bookend scenes of Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues (TV)                                                                 1950
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (film)                                                                                                 1957
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – Old Indy (TV)                                                                                               1992-1993

Notes:
1. I have not included the comics from The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones as I have not yet thoroughly read through them to figure out their places in Indy’s timeline. Furthermore, there is a tendency to cluster most of Indy’s adventures around the 1930s which implies that some of his adventures could literally be happening at around the same time.
2. There are also other sources of Indiana Jones adventures which fans have differing views on whether to consider them as canon, such as the Find Your Fate books, foreign-language publications, or even role-playing game sourcebooks.
3. I have decided to list the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in only three parts – “Indy as a kid”, “Indy as a young man”, and “Old Indy”. I don’t think I have to go through the trouble of listing down the titles of all the episodes on this already convoluted list.
4. In case you are still not aware, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Set in 1935) is a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark (Set in 1936).

Custom Indy Figures – Charles Stanforth

And this custom rounds up my current addition of KOTCS figures.

#81 – Charles Stanforth from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

81_charles_stanforthCharles Stanforth was a friend of Indiana Jones, and he served as the Dean of Students of Marshall College where Indy taught at. In 1957, shortly after Indy’s escapade at Hangar 51, the FBI suspected that Indy was a communist sympathizer and sent agents to ransack Indy’s office. The Board of Regents were spooked into firing Indy, but Dean Stanforth stood up for Indy and managed to get the concession that Indy be put on indefinite leave with pay. Nonetheless Stanforth resigned in protest at the Board’s decision, “The regents were stunned into shamed silence” – as Stanforth puts it when he recalled what happened later at Indy’s house.

Recipe:
Head – Ric Olié (“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”)
Rest of the body, with the glasses – Henry Jones Sr. (“Last Crusade”)

I had held off creating a custom of Charles Stanforth for some time as I couldn’t find a Henry Jones Sr. figure on sale here until recently. Also, the original plan was to paint the figure using flat brown, an idea which I resisted as flat acrylic colours were particularly prone to growing moldy. In the end I decided to paint using glossy brown instead. Additional work includes dremeling the head, and painting the grey hair, red bowtie, and the black spectacle frames.

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Indy gets the bad news from the Dean.

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So who’s out of a job now?

And here’s a picture to mark the milestone of my 81st custom figure:

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An assembly of KOTCS Hasbro figures and my customs.

Custom Indy Figures – Interrogation Indy and General Ross

Continuing from my previous showcase of KOTCS FBI Agents, guess who were the other persons in that scene…

#79 – Interrogation Indy from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

79_interrogation_indyThe day had not been going well for Indiana Jones. Indy was hard at work at an archaeological dig in Mexico when he was paid an unexpected visit by his old wartime buddy George “Mac” McHale. Then they both were kidnapped by persons unknown, later revealed to be Soviet agents, and brought to an old hangar somewhere in the middle of the United States. Indy was coerced into finding a steel box for the Soviets, and when Indy attempted to escape, he was instead betrayed by Mac, who had decided to side with the Soviets. Nevertheless, Indy managed to escape, but not before riding on a rocket sled and taking a harrowing detour through “Doom Town”. And after a particularly embarrassing decon session, the last thing Indy expected was to be given yet another dressing down by the Feds.

Recipe:
Head – Indiana Jones with RPG (KOTCS)
Rest of the body – Mutt Williams with snake (KOTCS)

This is a simple custom, which involved transplanting an Indiana Jones head over to Mutt Williams. The T-shirt was then painted white, while the pants was painted green to match the US Army pants. A small scar was painted onto Indy’s cheek just below the right eye.

#80 – General Robert Ross from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

80_robert_rossWhen General Ross learnt that his friend Indiana Jones had escaped from Soviet captors and had been taken into custody at a US base, he immediately traveled to the base and vouched for Indy’s innocence. Apparently General Ross had some intelligence about Soviet activity in the United States, since he was carrying a dossier on Colonel Dr. Irina Spalko, which he showed to Indy without reservation. To Agent Smith’s consternation, General Ross then briefed Indy on classified information about Spalko’s mission, and later Ross fended off Agent Smith’s accusation of Indy having communist sympathies.

Recipe:
Head – General George S. Patton, Jr. of “The Ultimate Soldier XD 1:18″
Rest of the body – Agent K (“Men In Black 3”)
Stars on the shoulder epaulettes – Colonel Dovchenko (KOTCS)

I had acquired a 1:18 General Patton figure some time back as part of my awesome collection. When it came to customizing KOTCS General Ross, I noticed the resemblance between Ross and Patton, and decided that rather than keeping the Patton figure in storage and doing nothing with him, I can put him to good use by doubling him up as a General Ross custom. Epoxy was used to sculpt the buttons, pockets and epaulettes, the suit and pants were painted in buff colour, and the badges and medals were printed out and pasted on. The inner shirt and ties were also painted, which required me to first slit open the suit so that I can do the painting, and then reattach the suit again.

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“It’s good to see you too, Bob.”

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General Ross defends Indy.

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General Ross seems to be on a first-name basis with FBI Agent Paul Smith.

Custom Indy Figures – FBI Agents Smith & Taylor

Here’s some long overdue additions for custom Indiana Jones figures from KOTCS.

#77 – FBI Agent Paul Smith from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

77_paul_smithIn 1957, FBI Agents Smith and Taylor were assigned to interrogate Indiana Jones, who was found wandering in the Nevada desert, apparently having survived a nuclear blast. When Indy claimed that the Soviets had at gunpoint forced him to identify a steel box in a top secret military hangar which they later stole, Agent Smith was unimpressed by Indy’s nonchalant attitude and suspected that Indy was possibly in league with the communists, especially since Indy was an old friend of George McHale who had turned to the Soviets. Even as General Ross showed up and vouched for Indy, Agent Smith remained unconvinced of Indy’s innocence, and he grew perplexed when Ross started to reveal classified information to Indy during the interrogation.

Recipe:
Head – Arnold Royalton (“Speed Racer”)
Rest of the figure – Agent K (“Men In Black 3”)

Agent K and Agent J figures from MIB3 are perfect for creating customs of 3.75″ figures in suits, and I was able to acquire a couple of them from a recent clearance sale. I had earlier acquired the Arnold Royalton figure as possible custom fodder but had not done anything with it. That was until when I started planning for the KOTCS FBI agents, and I found that Royalton’s head somewhat resembled Agent Smith. Custom work includes dremeling the head, slicing the jacket to create an open suit, sculpting the lower half of the ties (the MIB3 black suit figures came with only the upper half of their ties), and painting the colour stripes on the tie. The spectacles was fashioned out of clear plastic for the lenses, and plastic strands for the spectacles arms.

#78 – FBI Agent Taylor from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

78_agent_taylorDuring Indy’s interrogation, Agent Taylor shared in his partner’s suspicions on Indy’s loyalty to his country. Agent Taylor was unswayed by Indy’s war record, and his adversarial tone made Indy wonder which side Taylor fought on during the War. Agent Taylor’s remarks that Indy had seen before the steel box’s contents, allowed Indy to realize that the steel box was somehow connected to a US Air Force recovery project that Indy was coerced into taking part back in 1947. After Agent Smith questioned whether Indy had deserved all the medals he had ever won, Agent Taylor informed Indy that for the duration, he was a man of interest to the FBI.

Recipe:
Head – Rebel Fleet Trooper (“Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”)
Rest of the figure – Agent K (“Men In Black 3”)

You know, one good thing about using the MIB3 figures to custom make Agents Smith and Taylor is that they all wear the same black suits, so I saved myself the trouble of  doing the painting. Well, at least, I only painted the ties, and Taylor’s black hair.

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Agent Smith and Agent Taylor. In KOTCS, Taylor is actually much shorter than Smith.

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The Feds give Indy a hard time.

Custom Indy Figures – Colonel Vogel v2.0 & Grail Search Elsa

Hi world! My first post for 2014, and thought I start off with an Indiana Jones custom showcase.

Some technical issues first. I had previously created two customs which I did not assign any numbering, Colonel Vogel v2.0 and Young Indy v2.0, reasons being that I felt the changes made were so marginal that they didn’t look all too different to their original figures. But so as not to cause any further confusion to both myself and everyone else, I have hereby decided to regard both Vogel v2.0 and Young Indy v2.0 as all-new customs, receiving a number just as my other Indy customs. This will clarify exactly how many Indy custom figures that I had made. Which means Young Indy v2.0 is at…

#74 – Young Indy v2.0 from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
[Please click to view Young Indy v2.0 which was showcased on January 20, 2012]

Now on with the showcase!

#75 – Colonel Vogel v2.0 from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

75_vogel_v2The Nazis are now in the last leg of their quest for the Holy Grail, with Colonel Vogel leading the Nazi expedition into the Canyon of the Crescent Moon. When Indiana Jones shows up and tries to disrupt their efforts, Vogel relished in the opportunity to finally get rid of that irritating troublemaker, who had not only caused the deaths of Vogel’s fellow SS colleagues back at Castle Brunwald, but Indy had also humiliated Vogel by throwing him off the Zeppelin. Revenge was the only thing on Vogel’s mind, with him going so far as to blast a stuck kübelwagen off the tank’s turret just so that he could continue his pursuit of Indy. This time it’s personal.

Recipe:
The whole figure – Colonel Vogel (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”)
Goggles – Borrowed from AT-AT Commander (“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”)

Two main changes were made to the figure. The Nazi insignia was painted onto the previously blank armband, and a pair of goggles was added to the military cap.

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The fight goes onto the tank, and Vogel grabs a nearby shovel.

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An alternate head for Vogel! Indy bashes Vogel against the gun turret, and Vogel gets all bloodied and bruised.

And one more figure from “Last Crusade”

#76 – Grail Search Elsa from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

76_grail_elsaHired by the Nazis’ in their quest to find the Holy Grail, Elsa would stop at nothing to obtain what she considers is her rightful prize, going so far as to manipulate the affections of Dr. Henry Jones Sr., and later also doing the same to his son Indiana Jones. And her efforts had paid off, the Nazis now know where the Holy Grail is located and an expedition has embarked towards the Canyon of the Crescent Moon. As Colonel Vogel and his men ward off an attack by Indy, Elsa and Donovan proceeded towards the Grail Temple, where Donovan can’t wait to have his drink and gain eternal life.

Recipe:
The whole figure – Elsa Schneider (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”)
Field cap – From any “The Ultimate Soldier XD 1:18” WWII German Soldier who comes with a field cap.

The original Elsa figure was based on her appearance towards the end of the movie, when she had already taken off her field cap. Elsa wore her field cap during the canyon scene and at the Grail Temple. The only change made to Elsa was the addition of a field cap. This involved slicing off the top of Elsa’s hair, and transplanting the field cap over.

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Close-up of Elsa, with a pair of goggles borrowed from Lord Asriel (“The Golden Compass”).

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Elsa and Donovan confer on their progress.

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Face off at the Grail Temple.

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Some people actually speculate that Elsa also screwed around with these other two.

Custom Indy Figures – Art Weber

Here’s adding one more “Temple of Doom” character to my collection of custom figures.

#73 – Art Weber from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

73_art_weberArt Weber was a British airport officer who worked at Nang Tao Airport in Shanghai. In 1935, Weber was approached by a Chinese kid named Short Round, who claimed to be the assistant of one Professor Jones and wanted to acquire, on behalf of the professor, three plane tickets to Bangkok. Initially dismissive at the thought of providing service to the kid, Weber changed his mind when Short Round gave him the last of Indy’s money as a bribe, while at the same time threatening Weber with a glimpse of the dagger in his belt. Despite the short notice, Weber managed to secure three seats on a freight flight which was departing that very night. And Weber’s reward for all his troubles was a close encounter with one of the passengers, a blonde bimbo singer who sang at the Club Obi-Wan, of whom he is a big fan. And he may have even took the car.

Recipe:
Head – Admiral Motti (“Star Wars”)
Torso, upper arms, upper legs, shoes – RPG Indiana Jones (KOTCS)
Lower arms – Mutt Williams with snake (KOTCS)
Lower legs – They’re actually the lower arms of a Cairo Henchman (Raiders)

Weber is another minor character from “Temple of Doom” whom I had decided to create a custom figure. For some reason I felt that Admiral Motti bore a passing resemblance to Dan Aykroyd. A pair of spectacles was fashioned out of plastic for Weber. Epoxy was used to sculpt the scarf at the neck, and the moustache was painted on. The watch was made from paper and black tape. Ideally I would have wanted to use the lower legs of an Ugha Warrior for Weber, but as none were available, I converted the lower arms of a Cairo Henchman into legs by cutting off the hands and dremeling holes into the wrist, so that the shoes could be plugged in.

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Actually, Weber’s first name remains a matter of contention, various sources give his first name as “Art”, or “Earl”. Basically, the actor was slurring through his lines, making it difficult to tell what he was saying. On the other hand, Weber might not have mentioned his name after all, according to the “Temple of Doom” screenplay Weber apparently said, “Ah, Dr. Jones, I’m, ah, Weber.”

P1100901Weber: “Nice ride.”
Short Round: “It’s yours.”

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“You give me a large charge, sweet mama!”

P1100904Here’s a comparison between Barranca, Weber, and the Peruvian Porter (without his poncho). Both Weber and the Peruvian Porter use the Cairo Henchman’s arms as legs, which sort of made them look shorter.