Best Indian Jones costume for most affordable price?

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  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

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    There was a thread over at the Indygear forums that mentioned a pair of pants sold at Dillard's under the name "Oak Creek" in the color "Saddle" that come with pleated fronts, a pretty close color, and close enough flaps on the back pockets, but you'd want to look into it soon and only if it's not too much trouble since they're phasing the brand out and probably have an extremely limited supply left. I've managed to find a few here and there in the past couple weeks. On the upside, if you find the pants they should only cost you $6.25 since they're on super-clearance. Also, Old Navy has a close enough shirt that's pretty nice that might do you well at $24.95. If you look through the forums at Indygear you can find more info on the shirt that I mentioned since that's where I learned of it.

    The link for one of the shirt threads:

    Old Navy Shirt

    -John
     
  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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Which ever Wested you pick you will love.

    My favorite right now is my "Raiders" Goatskin.
     
  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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    [attachmentid=9198]

    I've got one of those felt hats I've had for years. I reshaped it and it's not too bad. Here's a pic from Halloween last year. The only things not "authentic" are the hat, pants, and shirt. :)
     
  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.
     
  21. classicbullwhips

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    I make bullwhips out of nylon, they are a cheaper alternitive to leather ones at nearly half the price. They look amazing. PM me if you are interested.
     
  22. Doh!

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    If you have the bucks, get a Wested. I have the lambskin and it's the perfect weight for L.A. weather in the fall. If you live in a colder climate, I've heard nice things about the other, heavier leathers as well.

    For hats, if you want something for around $50, try the Jaxon Iconoclast (see link). It's a fur felt and holds up quite nicely in the rain -- I've worn mine in a couple of heavy downpours and it bounces right back. Note, however, that it has a teardrop crown, whereas Indy had a center dent. On the other hand, if you want to spend more $$ I've heard REALLY good things about the Akubra on Indygear.

    Good luck.

    http://www.villagehatshop.com/jaxon_iconoclast.html
     
  23. bleyd

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  24. ortiz34

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  25. Kt Templar

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ortiz34 @ Mar 31 2007, 12:53 AM) [snapback]1452066[/snapback]</div>
    The Wings seems a decent jacket, it is the old Cooper pattern used to make the "official" licensed jackets in the 80's.

    I haven't seen one in the flesh. It comes in standard sizes and costs the same as the custom made Wested. I have my own favourite there.

    One of the mods on Indygear is insistant that the Cooper was used for the jacket in TOD, I am sceptical myself.

    The Wings is available from stock, the Wested is made to measure so may take a few weeks.

    Wested is also looking to make a cheaper alternative with no mods in a worn look leather in standard sizes for $199, the prototypes look too orangy and light in colour. (I believe they have not yet sourced the right colour). It's "coming soon".

    This is my authentic brown lambskin for reference.

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    An Indy jacket is a different sort of prop, something you *can* wear every day. I nearly do. :).

    I concur with the others, the Akubra is a great starter hat, they have 2 versions a regular and deluxe, the reg has a greenish cast, the deluxe warmer brown.

    Look up Indygear.com and Indylounge.com and their forums for more info.
     
  26. Jedifyfe

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    I did the pricing for all of these(without the boots) and it looks like you can put together a great Indy oufit for about $500 for everything except the whip and boots. Not bad.. Now spend another $300 on boots and $200 on a whip and you have an Indy outfit that you can actually go on adventures with. I really want a CHUNK costume from the goonies...now that's a real adventurers outfit....
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  27. KingNothing

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(KenGawne @ Jul 21 2006, 02:01 PM) [snapback]1285299[/snapback]</div>
    What kind of leather did you get? Is that the lambskin?
     
  28. ortiz34

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Kt Templar @ Mar 31 2007, 08:15 AM) [snapback]1452277[/snapback]</div>
    but from what i see a wested is gonna run about 100-200 more including shipping than a us wings.

    If all things were equal id hop on a wested no question but they arent...
     
  29. ortiz34

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ortiz34 @ Apr 2 2007, 11:50 AM) [snapback]1453614[/snapback]</div>
    but from what i see a wested is gonna run about 100-200 more including shipping than a us wings.

    If all things were equal id hop on a wested no question but they arent...
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    testing my new avatar as well ;)
     
  30. Kt Templar

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    Wings are having a sale if you happen to take a long they come out at $272 including shipping. Which is a good price.

    The Wested is £145 + £20 shipping. Which on current XE.com rate is: $326 and change. Not quite as big a gap :).

    Give US Wings a try by all means, I have heard reports that their sizes run a little large so you *might* want to order a size down. JMO.

    They are having a 2nds firesale so you may even get one for the knockdown price of $79.99. Give them a call. (Note: These are the Pakistan made ones and may have 3 part sleeves instead of the SA 2 part that they are supposed to have.)
     
  31. ortiz34

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    thanks for the info

    that wested does look great.
     
  32. jts1031

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    I'll vouch for the Wested.

    As for the hat, I recommend AdventureBilt hats. You can get an actual Beaverfelt hat for a really fair price. But I also would recommend Peters Bros. It's been several years since I've picked one up, so dont' know for sure if the quality is the same. But the ones I have are excellent.
     
  33. Zendragon

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    I would agree with just about everything said here...

    And I would spend the bulk of you money on the Wested, don't fool around, you will be glad you did later.

    Shoes you can skimp on, same with he pants and shirt really. the bag is pretty specific, so there again, problably worth getting one of the cheap copies. there are a couple of guys making indy style whips in cowhide which will save a few $

    Fedorawise, I would probably go the Federation route as well... the Adventurebilt, Keppler's and others are great, but you are still talking about a $200 ish fedora.
     
  34. WinstonWolf359

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    I just picked up a USWings Indy jacket in goatskin in their super discounted sale.

    It's a great Indy jacket for $80 (hell, it's a great jacket period for that kind of money) but it sadly is inferior to the Wested in pretty much every way possible. It isn't as screen accurate and it just isn't as comfortable either. Still, if you can snag one I'd highly recommend it because you'll probably never find a cheaper "close enough."
     
  35. THEMAN

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    How about some pics there Winston? I just ordered one of those as well... I figure after I beat the crap out of it, it should wear pretty well.
     
  36. WinstonWolf359

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    Sure thing. :)

    I agree (cause I thought the same thing.) that after a good beating this US Wings jacket will be pretty good.

    This jacket has style details from each of the three movie jackets, but not enough of any to really call it a Raiders, Temple, or Crusade jacket. Overall I'd call it a cross between the Temple and the Crusade jackets.

    So far all I've done to my US Wings is rub it down with plain rubbing alcohol and wet the jacket and let it dry crumpled up in a ball to get it wrinkled up a bit. I haven't decided if I'm going to go crazy and go full on Last Crusade-style with the distressing or leave it as-is and let it be my nicer "dress" Indy-style jacket. Either way I'm going to keep trying to soften it up, cause it's still pretty stiff.

    Here are some pics, compared to my Wested dark brown lambskin jacket.

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  37. Kt Templar

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    Very nice work, it really seems to respond well to a good beating.

    I've just ordered an antique lamb and will give it a similar hard time. You're right about a few things being off, the back panel being a long way from the shoulder seams and the 3 piece sleeves (that seems a really bad cost cutting measure, how much can they save by doing that.)

    It's obvious that Wings have found a sweet spot with that price, though I suspect it is at cost, I wonder if other makers are looking at that and thinking it might be possible to do a super budget jacket at about $100-125, I think many people would be willing to pay that for a beater jacket. Sargent Hack's bank balance must be looking good this month with all that dead stock shifted in such a short time.
     
  38. THEMAN

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    Just received my Wings jacket... I must've lucked out, because I have the 2-piece sleeves.

    Winston - Which version is your Wested? Looks to be a bit longer than the Wings jacket, so I'm thinking it's a TOD?

    Here's my US Wings in Goatskin...
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  39. ortiz34

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    just got a wings ,ya cant beat it for the clearance price...no brainer...
     
  40. THEMAN

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    I sold my Wings and got a pre-owned Wested... I fit a standard size and the Wested cut is much better, as well as the quality of the jacket itself.
    If you're ordering a Wings jacket and are a standard size 42R order a medium long... they are sized big but short. Which sucks for the killer Wings deals since those are not on the long jacket sizes.
    If you're a stockier for you height dimension, go for the Wings. :)
     
  41. Apollo

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    Nothing like a Wested! ;)
     
  42. greatgarlando

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    If you buy the wested shirt, pants, and jacket togeather there is free shipping. That will save you some dough. That is what I did.

    As for whips I recommend http://www.whipstasmania.com.au/bullwhips.html
    roo hide at an affordiable price.
     
  43. Ramiel

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    For my whip I've found a really nice guy who did a great job for the price... $150 for a 12 plait 8ft whip (not Kangaroo, of course:D ) custom made after my requests (color, style, etc...)
    Here is his site: http://www.caicedoswhips.com/whips.htm
     

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