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Postby jp-30 » Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:57 pm

I've posted this in a couple of other places, incl FBTB, but what with the IJ4 movie being announced recently, thought there may be some renewed interest.

Thought I'd turn my hand to making some Indiana Jones characters, but wanted to make them without adding any paint or decals. Some LEGO printing has been removed though on a couple of figs (in post-production in my image editing program!).

I know there is room for improvement especially Well of Souls Indy & Sallah (white ninja hoods or white turbans would be handy there), plus a blonde / tan hairpiece for Elsa and a black one for Marion, plus a printed suit for Toht - but utilising the pieces I have available I think there are some reasonable approximations.

I have a few more pieces since these shots were taken, so I may revise some of the figs in the coming weeks.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Temple of Doom

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The Last Crusade

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In that original thread on FBTB, Vulture_Droid described his version of Indy, which I duly constructed;

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And here's how Toht would look with a modified pilot torso (image manipulated with paint-shop pro)

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I have also since found a grey hairpiece for Elsa Schneider that will look better than the current brown (but not as good as blonde). Don't suppose Leia's Bespin hairpiece has been produced in blonde?

I've also got some cowboy hats to replace Indy's Johnny Thunder hat, but it's doesn't look quite right either.

I guess the next step are a few vignettes, a few more characters and maybe some playset / scenes (but they're for another forum). I may also need to look at converting them all to fleshies, for which I might as well use a few custom decals if the face isn't yet available from LEGO in that colour.
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Postby MMCB » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:06 am

Those are looking pretty sweet JP. Very easily recognisable to the characters.

It just goes to show, with a bit of thought and imagination you can easily make custom figs without having to resort to paint/decals/other non lego pieces.

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PS: I love the Sean Connery rendition, priceless ;)
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Postby Kaminoan » Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:58 am

Great work, I really like this series. Custom figures doesn't always mean we cut things up.

Nice

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Postby jp-30 » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:45 pm

Here's a sneak preview of the first of my 2nd batch of "new & revised" IJ Minifigs.

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As with the earlier minifigs this is made from 100% unmodified LEGO bricks. No cutting, no trimming, no custom decals.

More to come in the next few days...
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Postby jp-30 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 6:18 am

OK, here are some new and updated Indiana Jones figs - All without modified parts except where indicated.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
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Temple of Doom

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Last Crusade

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Modifications:

Toht had some lines removed from standard LEGO torso print.
Mechanic has custom chest decal.
Double Swordsmen have black applied to mask 1/2 of the face.
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Postby Kaminoan » Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:01 am

Great work JP, love these figs. On your double swordmen have you thought about using a bandana? I can't recall how they looked in the film, but thought it would work for you here and keep your custom parts down.

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Postby jp-30 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:37 pm

It works well - check out the inset on my Well of Souls Indy where I also used a Turban / Bandana combination. Just need to BL some black ones I guess (along with a million other things).
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Postby jp-30 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 6:41 pm

ATTN: Recluce.

Neither the Adventurers hat nor the Cowboy hat really capture the Indy hat shape properly.

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The Cowboy hat's brim is too chunky and curls up too much at the sides, and the central crease is wrong. The Adventurer hat has nice 'dimples' , but the central secton is too squat, the brim curls up at one point, is flat elsewhere and is too round.

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I know you're snowed under Emily, but at some stage I would love to work out if it would be possible to cast a more accurate fedora. I'm sure it would prove hugely popular, especially as the Indy Jones IV movie production & hype machine starts rolling.

There would also be other uses within the Indy Jones universe for such a cast...

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Postby DekeStarkiller » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:37 pm

Awesome man! I hope to use your templates to work for my collection.
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Postby jp-30 » Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:11 pm

Here are a couple of rough digital mockups showing that the new hat mold in the Indy line may have more than one use...

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Postby jp-30 » Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:44 pm

Kam, if they don't make those figs, I'd love to dye a hat black for Toht, I've read your vinyl dye technique. I assume brown to black is easy enough.

But what about brown to white for Bellq and Marcus Brody? Is there a bleach that would work, or would it be better to just paint it or wait for a custom cast?
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Postby Kaminoan » Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:38 pm

They make white vinyl dye too, which should work. If not I have other tricks we can talk about.

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Postby jp-30 » Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:24 am

Sounds great! Good thing is I have an abundance of adventurer and cowboy hats, so can give the recolouring jobs a decent trial run too.
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Postby jp-30 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:35 pm

OK, new fleshie versions of my Indy customs. Some minor recolouring (Marion's scarf, Toht's hat), but mostly from untouched official pieces.

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And a vig for good measure (though I need one more black hood to complete it properly)

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Postby The Sissy CSI » Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:43 am

The only suggestion I have is to maybe use Brickarms where they are needed such as the vig where one of the black hooded guys has a German gun.
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Postby Dr. Jones » Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:54 pm

On the modified Sallah, what set is the hood in?

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Postby jp-30 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:07 pm

That's Dengar's white Ninja hood from Slave 1. I cut it a little, so not a purist approach.

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Postby Dr. Jones » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:26 pm

Thanks. I was wondering if that was how it was done (I have Dengar and wanted to make a Map-Room Indy like one I saw on eBay, but couldn't figure out what set the hood similar to Dengar's but more revealing it was that he used (I prepared a visit to BrickLink).

Thanks for saving me the trouble. :D

Did you cut it with an ex-acto knife? :|

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Edit: For Toht, you could add a trenchcoat from MMCB. Just a thought.
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Postby jp-30 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:36 pm

Yep, just a standard hobby knife thing.

And good idea with the trenchcoat.
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Postby Dr. Jones » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:42 pm

Thank you again. And another thing, I liked the way you modified the Star Wars Blaster to become a MP40. You could, however, get some from BrickArms.

I would have some already, but the minimal buy is $10, and I need to get all the Indy sets first (I still need Temple of the Crystal Skull, Temple Escape, and Peril in Peru).

Edit: So for now, I am going to disarm my Clones, Droids, Stormtroopers, and Rebels to make custom MP40s. 8)
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Postby spreben » Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:24 pm

Great use of parts. It looks almost like the actual pictures. You could make a whole movie with all those parts. :D
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Postby darth yoda » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:40 pm

I love that short round. Good job!
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