Though not as much of a fan as I am of say, Doctor Who or Star Trek, I have always loved the Indiana Jones movies, their great spirit of adventure, humour and the mix of mystical and down-to-Earth. And as with most things I'm into, I'd always wanted the figures.
Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Jane Hampton (Custom)
Sao Feng (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Tau Huang (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Elizabeth Swan (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Chap Mei Wild Cat
Akil Khalfani (Custom)
German Soldiers (Elite Forces)
German Soldier 2 pack (Indiana Jones)
Giant Insect (King Kong)
Deadites (Army of Darkness)
Indiana Jones (with Ark)
Indiana Jones (Temple of Doom)
While I love Short Round as a character and really wanted to use him as the sidekick, the story really called for a new character so I came up with British adventuress and general pain-in-Indy's-ass, Jane Hampton. The legs, head and body are a Miss Coulson figure from The Golden Compass. The jacket is the body warmer from a Hoth Princess Leia. The arms are from a Raiders Marion Ravenwood figure. She's also sporting a Han Solo gun belt. I wanted a female opposite to Indiana Jones, a kind of River Song character if you like. During the original filming sessions, her arms kept falling out of their sockets so I eventually fixed them in with greenstuff.
In the original script, the villain's name was Khai Bomani (meaning "crowned" and "warrior") and I used a Count Dooku figure with the skirt section removed and a shirt/ tie/ jacket created in green stuff. I was never happy with this figure. It was a very sub-par custom and it looked it. Every time I tried to improve it, it just got worse and became a real stumbling block to getting the story made. So in the end I replaced him completely.
The solution came from a James Bond custom I'd been given by a friend - an A Team Face figure with the head of Lord Azrael from The Golden Compass. I didn't want to use the Daniel Craig likeness so scoured my toybox for a replacement. After trying several Star Wars figures, I settled on a Sirius Black head. In view of this recasting the character's name was switched to Akil Khalfani (meaning "intelligent" and "shall rule")
For the henchman, I wanted a man in a mask and bought a Wolverine Origins Deadpool and GI Joe Destro hoping to do a head swap. But the heads proved incompatible so I simply painted Deadpool's head silver.
It became apparent quite quickly that I was using the same two German soldiers for everything so for the scene in the airship, one of their heads is swapped with Star Wars' Kir Kanos.
For the car chase where Indy is jacketless but not yet dishevelled, I used the 'Staff of Raa' figure with his hooded head swapped out for the Temple of Doom hatted one.