There are many props from the Indiana Jones film series that Indyfans
have been dying to get their hands on. While imitations of Indy’s
famed fedora and whips have been around for years, it has been nearly
impossible to become an "obtainer of rare antiquities",
such as authentic prop replicas.
There have been some fantastic recreations over the years (the
amazing work of prop master Anthony "Indy" Magnoli come
to mind), but there has been little "official" licensed
products from Lucasfilm made available. Recently, the Noble Collection
offered up the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra, Mutt (or rather Spalko’s)
sword, Indy’s TOD machete, and whip. However, one signature
item, or rather idol, is instantly recognizable to Indyfans, and
even non-Indyfans, has eluded fans. That would be the Chachapoyan
Fertility Idol first seen in the opening sequence of 1981’s
classic film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Now, you don’t have to travel to Marrakech or borrow several
thousands of dollars from a museum curator to try and obtain this
golden idol. The artisans at Sideshow
Collectibles have trekked through the Peruvian jungles, braved
the attacks from Hovitos, the betrayal of untrustworthy guides and
even eluded the giant boulder to bring to market a 1:1 scale replica
of Indy’s first treasure! Just released is the Fertility Idol,
this heavy duty prop replica is breathtaking in its detail (and
I do mean heavy duty as the box weighed in at 10 pounds). If one
were to throw it in exchange for a whip, they will need some serious
muscles, or be on the receiving end of a severe bruise if they didn’t
catch it right!
Sideshow's Fertility Idol
(Life-Size Prop Replica)
USA; 21st century
The packaging, like all previous Sideshow offerings, is impeccable
with great graphics, and even includes that rare and controversial
image of the idol with real human eyes. It gives a brief description
on the pursuit of the idol, from Forrestal’s failed attempt
to the brief and successful retrieval by Dr. Indiana Jones. The
story goes on to tell of how Indy did in fact get back "in
his hands" from Rene Belloq, and return it to the National
Museum after the events of Raiders.
Some fans have been criticizing the Sideshow Fertility Idol sculpt
and claim it is not film accurate. As one who has over a dozen variations
of the fertility idol from miniature Hasbro action figure accessories
to knock-offs purchased on eBay to the great Diamond bank, these
remarks are too nit picky to detract from the look. The likeness
is terrific in my book; from the hideous open mouth expression to
the creepy "child" emerging beneath it, it is simply amazing.
Most striking is the material used to give this idol its shine,
the process used to give it that "metallic" luster is
the big selling piece. The eBay knock-offs I own, have never got
the color just right, the gold was either too flat, or when sprayed
with gold paint, never shined like the prop in the movie. The Sideshow
Fertility Idol has a polished, mirror-like golden finish, and makes
me feel that I should wear gloves when handling it as not to smudge
it with oils from my fingertips.
Fertility Idol collection.
The idol comes with a "temple-like" pedestal, which
is carved in the style of the architecture seen in the opening of
"Raiders". The attention to detail even has some moss-like
material engraved in it to give it that added touch of screen authenticity.
As with all pricey collectibles is the inevitable big question
always is; "is it worth it"?
The answer is A RESOUNDING "YES"!
In my opinion, as one who has purchased many big ticketed Indiana
Jones related items, as well as other film prop replicas, this is
one of the best ever done. I admire the skill labor that Sideshow’s
designers put into it, and will not squabble over the curve of the
mouth or roundness of the eyes as I have read some fans mention.
It is immediately recognized as the idol from Raiders when
my family and friends see it, and because of the sophisticated construction
of it, it really does look like it "belongs in a museum".
In fact, after just returning from a visit to the Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York City, I saw many South American small golden
idols that look very similar to the Chachapoyan fertility idol,
and would not be surprised if they were the inspirations for the
Indy’s onscreen treasure. My only complaint is that it did
not come with a small canvas bag of sand as an exclusive that you
could put on the pedestal when you "borrow" the idol.
Peru; 9th-11th century
Do I recommend that Indyfans seek this out, again, if you can afford
the $189.00 suggested retail price, by all means go ahead and try
and find it and purchase it. With only 1500 made, the wait list
on this at Sideshow is full; perhaps tracking it down at a local
comic shop or online might be a great source. I bought mine, as
did the songwriter behind "The Ballad of Indiana Jones",
High Adventure’s Glen Nelson, at the Alternate Universe comic
shop in Connecticut. They were only made available two weeks ago
and have disappeared off the shelf, so start tracking yours down,
Now, if Sideshow would continue this line of 1:1 Indiana Jones
prop replicas, I would like to add the Holy Grail, Sankara Stones
(that light up), the Cross of Coronado, and maybe the remains of
Nurhaci (the crystal skull from Uncle Milton is fine enough). Are
you listening out there Sideshow?
Here’s offering my sincerest appreciation on a great job
and kudos to Sideshow Collectibles on the Fertility Idol. I hope
I can get to it without causing my house to collapse and the giant
boulder rolling after me.
Sideshow Fertility Idol Product Size:
10" H (254mm) x 10" W (254mm) x 10" L (254mm)
Product Weight: 10.00 lbs (4.54 kg)
Run: 1500 pieces.
For more information and images visit Sideshow
Posted by Mitchell Hallock