Indiana Jones: Adventure Series Walter Donovan review

American businessman Walter Donovan works in secret with the enemy to locate the Holy Grail and achieve the gift of everlasting life.

Oh, "the enemy," does he? What enemy is that? Does the enemy have a name? A specific name? A name people would recognize as bad and as something to not willingly associate themselves with? Because maybe some people need reminded.

This is another "guy in a suit" release, because we can never get enough of those. Fortunately, this is a more military suit than most - unless Uncle Walt was wearing knee-high boots, jodhpurs, and a field jacket in his normal, everyday life; then it's just more of the same. The man knows fashion! (Emphasis on the "fash.")

Donovan was played by Julian Glover, who was also General Veers (one of the Hoth guys) in Star Wars and the old priest doing squat-thrusts in Game of Thrones. Way to nerd it up, Julie! The likeness is quite good, doing a lovely job of duplicating the character's "hey, I could possibly be Hugh Hefner" face. Articulation is the usual for this line, though the balljointed waist doesn't do much, thanks to the length of his jacket.

The figure's accessories come from two distinct points in the movie. First, we've got his chunk of the Grail Tablet, which his workers had uncovered in Turkey and he kept in his apartment in New York. It's rough and broken, and molded with all the early Latin text from the movie. Or at least tiny little scratches, who knows? Because it's not like anyone is going to bother translating it. Anyway, this doesn't make much sense for this version of Donovan, but then, the odds they'll ever be able to release another are pretty slim. Why else would a character from the third film be mixed in with toys from the first?

More appropriate for this version are the inclusion of his little Walther PPK, and the False Grail he had chosen (poorly) in the Temple of the Sun. The pimp cup is gold, and matches the prop from the film in shape, if not quite in color - it would need some paint apps for that. His right hand has the trigger finger extended, while the left is a bit more neutral in its holding pose.

Because the figure has the false Grail, we also get a second head, this one showing him decaying into dust. The face is ancient and sunken, with the hair balding on top and growing long in the back. The scene where he was rapidly aging was the first ever done with digital compositing: ILM had several puppets of Donovan in different stages, and used computers to move from one to another rather than cutting away. This is the mid-stage head; without any pieces of the Ark to worry about, they really should have given us all three: a little bit old, then this one, then nearly skeletal. Give us all the options!

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