Is there any canonical explanation for why Indy would think he could match the idol's weight with a small bag of sand? I figured this wiki would have some comment on this widely-discussed point. The introductory paragraph says the idol is solid gold -- is that stated in the script? Or is it possible the idol is hollow, or merely coated in gold rather than solid? I've only ever seen speculation about this. Surely there's some official word on the matter...? 13:28, November 20, 2015 (UTC)

  • The Raiders Sourcebook says it's solid gold but Indy says it's a lot lighter than it looks in his journal. There's a bit in the original novelisation where he's trying to figure out the mechanism, dumps coins out of the bag for sand and stones but he is unsure of the weight and thinks if he makes the switch fast enough it might work. Vetinari(Appointment) 21:32, November 23, 2015 (UTC)
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