Best Indian Jones costume for most affordable price?

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Egon Spengler, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Egon Spengler

    Egon Spengler Sr Member

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    Well, pretty much the title says it all.

    Looking to put together a lower budget but not crappy quality Indiana Jones costume I could upgrade over time.

    Basically trying to find the lowest priced options out there for shirts, hats, pants, etc.

    Items I can buy and modify?

    Maybe make this topic into a "list" of sorts.

    Listing where to purchase the most affordable costume pieces you know?

    Like... just for example and please don't take the prices listed here seriously.


    "Hat" 99.99
    "Coat" 99.99
    "Shirt" 99.99

    and links to them. That sort of thing you know?

    Thanks.
     
  2. kalkamel

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    For a great budget but good quality fedora, try the Akubra Federation ($76.53: http://www.hatsdirect.com/cgi/products.cgi...s&returnpage=0) rather than the licenced Dorfman. The Federation is a rabbit felt hat and comes open crown so you can bash it in the style that you prefer.

    You can get the shirt here: https://host385.ipowerweb.com/~indyprop/osC...83b8f762e105e7e. Magnoli also makes the close enough pants (as well as the close enough MK bag and boots) so check it out on his website. A much cheaper option would be the L.L. Bean close enough Cotton Poplin Field Shirt (http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/st...langId=-1&categoryId=45888&sc1=Search&feat=sr).

    Check out http://www.toddscostumes.com for the repro MKVII bag and leather strap, as well as the holster and belts.

    As for the jacket, I recommend you go for the real McCoy, a Wested (http://www.indyjacket.com). I'm not sure if there are any cheaper alternatives... most Indy lookalike jackets cost the same or more as the Wested, so going Wested would be a natural choice for me.. There are other options but the Wested is great value for money and trust me, you WILL love it.

    Check out http://www.indygear.com on options for the rest of the gear components.
     
  3. NavMidn

    NavMidn Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  4. WinstonWolf359

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    All of these are great suggestions so far, I can't add much more.

    The Akubra hat is an AMAZING deal. I have two 'cause I think they're great hats. Here's my most recent one:

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    LL Bean is running a sale on some wool trousers that make a pretty good "close enough" pair of pants. They're almost prefect except they aren't pleated like Indy's pants, but you'll be hard pressed to find a nicer pair of wool pants for $30. I have a pair (thinking about buying more, too) and I think they're great Indy pants.

    http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/se...&feat=ssdpb6719

    I've heard a lot of good things about the LL Bean shirt, and I own the Old Navy shirt. The Old Navy shirt is even on sale right now too.

    http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/product.do?c...&scid=387194012

    Most of my other gear also came from Todd's costumes, so I reccommend those highly as well. There's a lot of bang for your buck there. I have his web belt, gas mask bag, holster, and whip holder, and they're all great pieces and very affordable, too.

    I also totally agree with Kalkamel's suggestion to go ahead and get a real Wested leather jacket. Many, if not most of the "close enough" jackets are more expensive than the real thing, and I have to say that in this day it's tough to find a well made custom-made leather jacket for less than $300. That could be the one piece of gear you'll never have to upgrade, so it's a wise investment. Plus, it's just a great jacket, so it's more than just a costume piece, really.

    If you REALLY don't want to go for the Wested, though, Cabela's has a pretty good close enough jacket here:

    http://cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/li...acket&noImage=0

    I got a cheap whip off of eBay, if you're not looking to spend much. I found something for about $20 that looks okay hanging off my belt, which is all I was looking for. I'm not planning on joining the circus as a lion tamer anytime soon. ;)
     
  5. Mr. No Stripes

    Mr. No Stripes Sr Member

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    sweet... I want an Indiana Jones Costume :p
     
  6. Egon Spengler

    Egon Spengler Sr Member

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    Thanks for all the information guys. I wish I could register on indygear.com but I don't have any other email address but a free one :-/
     
  7. Egon Spengler

    Egon Spengler Sr Member

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    Are there any patterns for making a bag yourself or any of the other items?
     
  8. Jedidentist

    Jedidentist Well-Known Member

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    By trying to make a bag yourself, you'll probably only end up saving $20 and spend hours of frustration making it. You'd really just be better off buying a repro.

    Derek
     
  9. Egon Spengler

    Egon Spengler Sr Member

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    Call me old fashioned but I like making my own props and costumes when I can. The bag is the one thing on this costume I could probably easily make myself. :)

    I'd still love any pointers as to where I can find a pattern.

    Saving 20 dollars and working on something myself to see the finished product I made, is well worth any frustration :D
     
  10. Egon Spengler

    Egon Spengler Sr Member

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    Deciding to go with a Wested now actually. Just not sure what style to pick. Anyone want to chime in? :)
     
  11. WinstonWolf359

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    Well, the original jacket was lambskin in authentic brown, so I think that's the main starting point.

    The original jackets had "X-box" stitching on the side straps, with the rectangular fasteners.

    If you're a slimmer guy, or just want a more fitted jacket ask for the "80's fit," which is more like how the original jackets were made. Same thing with the pocket size, if you're closer to HF's measurement (he wore a 40 reg in Raiders) you'll probably want to ask for the smaller pockets as well.

    However, no matter what details you choose, you'll end up with a VERY well made jacket custom fitted to your measurements. It's a big difference to buying off the rack, that's for sure.

    As a point of departure my jacket is the dark brown lambskin, Temple of Doom length, with the larger pockets. I thought that fit my frame a little better.

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  12. PantheraGem

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    I have to chime in to support the decision to go with a Wested. Mine is 8 years old now and looks better than ever. There weren't as many options back then. I just asked for a Raiders and gave them my measurements. It's the dark brown lambskin. I had been meaning to show it off anyway, and don't want to hijack this thread with pictures. If you want to see what it looks like, look here; http://www.rpf.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=113924 It is very much worth the cost, nothing else comes close, Imo.
     
  13. Apollo

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  14. kalkamel

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    You can't go wrong with a Wested. The movie accurate version is authentic brown lambskin.
     
  15. bleyd

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    Love my Wested jacket and wear it every chance I get even in this vegas heat. That should be on the top of your list. The guys at Indy gear are VERY helpful and every now and then someone is getting rid of gear to either upgrade or it's the wrong size. I got my jacket here and I have a pair of Wested pants coming in I picked up from a gearhead as well.
    Magnoli has some awesome stuff. A bit high priced for the budget minded but from what I've seen and what I'm told you get what you pay for and his quality is definately there. If you can afford it go with him. You can get just about everything from him now including boots.
     
  16. darthgordon

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  17. WinstonWolf359

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    I had one of those wool "official" hats. All I did was wish I'd saved the $40 I spent on it towards the Akubra Federation. Which I ended up buying anyway. :D
     
  18. jcoffman99

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  19. KenGawne

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    If you invest the money you do have in the hat and jacket then that will carry off cheap/alternative/substitute pants/shirts/boots etc.

    I have a Wested jacket and love it

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    Ken
     
  20. Dr. J

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    That's a great pic, Ken.
     

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