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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