Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hollywood Wax Museum- Marilyn Monroe

Another staple of wax museums is Marilyn Monroe. With her timeless appeal, and classic good looks, Marilyn graces almost every major wax museum. This figure is special because of the perceived motion it creates. So many figures just stand in static poses, but Ms. Monroe's figure looks frozen in time. This view recreates the famous scene from the 1955 motion picture The Seven Year itch.

Here is a close up of the figure's expressive face. The wax museum uses her extensively in their marketing.

Located at 6767 Hollywood Blvd, The Hollywood Wax Museum is in the heart of Hollywood. The museum features many more figures from classic Hollywood films, as well as contemporary movies and television programs.

Visit the official Marilyn Monroe website here.

Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum's website here. (Guess who's on the main page.)


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Mammoth Cave Wax Museum- Robert E. Lee

"General Robert E. Lee was one of our Nation's greatest generals
and his strategy was so brilliant that military men still study it today."

Here is a vintage shot from the mammoth Cave Wax Museum in Cave City Kentucky. Robert E. Lee, General of the Southern Army, originally supported the Northern position, but when his home State of Virginia seceded his loyalty caused him to fight for the South.

Unfortunately, Lee was unable to pose for his figure (obviously). The resemblance comes mainly from the beard and the clothing. Mess up its hair and clothes, and this figure could also be Walt Whitman.

View Robert E. Lee's Biography here.

Visit the Mammoth Cave Wax Museum website here.


Friday, September 22, 2006

News- Tiger Woods Figure at Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud's New York has a new wax figure of Tiger Woods. Similar to the figure at the Las Vegas Tussaud's, Woods is positioned on a mini putting green. Guests can experience sinking a put with the champ.

Keep that serious look on your face.

Here's a view of his backside.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's New York website here.


News- Connie Chan Po Chu at Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud's Hong Kong recently unveiled a new wax figure of Chinese actress Connie Chan Po Chu. This is the first time that Madame Tussaud's has created a figure wearing a full traditional Chinese wardrobe.

The outfit, donated by Ms. Chan, was used by her while she was promoting the show "Only You". Don't you just love seeing stars next to their wax figures!

Visit the Madame Tussaud's Hong Kong website here.


Monday, September 18, 2006

Movieland- Poppy

W.C. Fields, a movie icon, is shown here from the 1936 movie Poppy. Like the Charlie Chaplin set, this scene amazes the visitor through the use of lighting. The detail of the wax figure is incredible. I half expected this figure begin moving because of how realistic it looks.

A lighted photo shows the detail of the set. Not just a painted backdrop, but wagon wheels also add to the feel of the display.

This clapboard sign and the wax facts give information about the actor and movie. Quite an honor to be on a postage stamp!

The left side of the display.

The right side of the display.

At auction the set took in $400. Pretty inexpensive if you ask me. Lighting was what made this set so cool, not because of a large amount of set pieces. I am not sure what became of the figure. Like the Mae West figure, they switched the real figure for a different one for the auction. It looked far less realistic than this one. It sold for a pretty hefty $2,350. The wax museum at Fisherman's Wharf already had a W.C. Fields figure, so they either kept this one as a spare or it went to the Korean Wax exhibit. The Hollywood Wax Museum has a very similar figure also.

View W.C. Fields Filmography here.

Many of the figures moved to a sister wax museum at fisherman's wharf in San Francisco. Find out which figures moved by visiting the Wax Museum's website here.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

News- George Washington Wax Figures

On October 27th the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens will be opening a new Museum and Education Center, and the centerpiece of the Education Center will be the inclusion of at least 3 brand new, exquisitely modeled wax figures. This figure portrays Washington as a young 19 year old surveyor. And that's not all. The figure will be in a highly detailed set featuring trees and animatronic animals.

An aged Washington as he was during inauguration gazes proudly over the many visitors who will experience this wonderful exhibit. At 57, he is considered "The People's President".

This final image shows the three wax figures side by side. The last figure is of Washington as a General in the Revolutionary Army. The educational Center appears to be a very impressive experience. The use of highly detailed and accurate models shows how wax figures are still useful tools for recreating people from our past and present.

Read an article about the Museum here.

Visit the Mount Vernon website here.


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Madame Tussauds- Lindsay Lohan

Not exactly recent news, but here are a couple shots of the Lindsay Lohan wax figure that was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds in New York back in April. For some reason, creating figures of women is especially difficult. This figure looks similar to Ms. Lohan, but there is something off about it. She looks older here than she actually is. It will at least keep the figure current for longer.

A close up shows how much older she looks as a wax figure.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's website here.

View Lindsay Lohan's Filmography here.


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Winchester Wax Museum- Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill's Wild West
Show . . . The Programs
read "Foes in '76 and
Friends in '85", after Sitting
Bull agreed to join the show
because he wanted to see
Annie Oakley shoot every
day. The Winchester was
their favorite gun.

The Wax Museum at the Winchester mystery House is long gone, and finding information on it is somewhat of a chore. I never knew they ever had a wax museum on their grounds. Likely, it was around during the 60's and 70's. Unlike the Hollywood Wax Museum, or Madame Tussaud's, which focus mainly on celebrities, the Winchester Wax Museum focused solely on history, the history of the Winchester riffle to precise, and the famous people in history who used it. So here are Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, and Sitting Bull. They have their trusty Winchester in their hands, and are ready to put on the show.

Another blog, Mystery House, has some pictures of what happened to figures when the Wax Museum closed (Although I disagree with its opinion of the wax museum). See them here, and here.

View more about the Winchester Mystery House here.

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