Best Raiders Fertility Idol.. Questions!

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JoshuaV

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The idol in the book is in the Ranch Main House. The only idol currently in the Archive building is the 'eye' version but sadly the restoration was pretty poor.

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Gah…..what happened? Plating must have went far south during the restoration, poor thing. I remember seeing a thread here a while ago about the story behind the plating of the hero idol and what it went through. Did this happen during the Hata exhibit/book period?

Also, mention of the book drove me nuts so I drove over to my place, disinfected every inch and the book and took some higher quality photos of the idol. Its only one image of the idol that's featured, which is used again on the back cover. Sure enough, there's small bubble dimples along the chin and pooling in some areas indicative of spray paint. Also I was just curious if a stray idol image was somewhere else in the book, no dice. Though side plot: The book heavily features the grail diary for anyone doing their own grail replicas.

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The 48th Ronin

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The idol in the book is in the Ranch Main House.
Or one like it is. According to Don Bies, the one in the book is the one gifted to Mr. Hata:

"The Lucasfilm Archive book that has been published was actually the exhibit catalog, written originally in Japanese. Since the two idols, C-3P0 and the Ark were out being VM'd (vacuum metalized) at the time, we couldn't photograph them for the catalog. Hence, there is no photo of 3P0 in the book; a photo of the second damaged, non-restored Ark; and a photo of a casting of the Idol spray painted gold. This Idol was actually a present to Mr. Hata for organizing the exhibit."
 

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matty matt

Sr Member
This is the RelicMaker idol I just got. It didn’t come with eyes so I had to get my own and install them. If we ever find eyes with the correct size pupils I can replace them, but I’m not really worried about that. It’s a beautiful piece and far exceeded my expectations.

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matty matt

Sr Member
Can I ask how you wethered it and how you installed the eyes? Relickmakers way was permanent more or less for the eyes.

Thanks
He recently got rid of some from his first run without eyes. I bought my own eyes and installed them through the small hole in the bottom. The weathering is pretty much just Dullcote randomly sponged on, with a little bit of grime here and there.
 

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agent5

Sr Member
Relicmaker's idol is terrific (as are all his props of which I have quite a few). The only reservation I have is with the glass eye version because the pupils are far too large and the iris doesn't sit quite right in the socket for me.
Correct. The only one with real eyes that is accurate is from Restaurajones, but he hasn't yet finished it as far as I can tell.
 

j_holtslander

Well-Known Member
I recently picked up this one from DarkMatterProps on Etsy and I’m quite happy with it. It doesn’t have the glass eyes though but the seller says he hopes to add that version in about a year or so.

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