Post by FileneNGottlin on Aug 6, 2020 8:10:51 GMT -5
It’s probably a throwaway line, intended to hint at a larger VFD presence, but the figurine is mentioned again in TSS. The sinister duo mention having to destroy it, and Olaf brags that there’s no need, as he’s already burned down the carnival. However, we know that when the fire broke out, she was trying to save the statues in the gift caravan, so it may not have been destroyed.
"The world, no matter how monstrously it may be threatened, has never been known to succumb entirely." - The End
I don't believe there is a statement from Lemony about hollow figurines being used to conceal secrets, and this wouldn't strictly speaking be relevant to the nature of the Bombinating Beast statue, either. However, I think it is worth characterising the figurine seller as a "secret character"; if you reread TCC carefully, there are actually a number of references to this person and to the figurines, and TSS subsequently recontextualises it when the sinister duo mention an important piece of evidence hidden in a figurine sold at Caligari Carnival (TSS p. 129). Perhaps more was once intended; perhaps not.
Post by Mr. Jeh Ann on Aug 6, 2020 16:22:31 GMT -5
TSS chapter 9 - "What Quigley said, of course, is not entirely true. Like an envelope, a hollow figurine, and a coffin, a refrigerator can hold all sorts of things, and they may turn out to be very important depending on what kind of day you are having."
I can say that I believe this is a great coincidence with the ATWQ plot, or Daniel Handler reread TSS before writing ATWQ. However, this statement does not indicate that there is indeed a secret within the figurine in question, although I think that is implied, especially when compared to the refrigerator. And in addition, in TSS we have what Dante explained above: the villains' declaration that they were looking for a figurine.
Anyway, I emphasize that here in ASOUE this statuette is not important in itself. What is important is what is inside it. It is different from ATWQ, where I believe that the sound is formed by the very structure of the BB figurine.