Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Winchester Wax Museum- Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch

In 1906, the Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid robbed the Winnemucca, Nevada Bank. After a wild celebration that resulted in the now famous photo (from which this scene was created), Butch sent the photo to the bank with a note "thanking them for their contribution". The Winchester Rifle was their loyal companion.

A close up of the Sundance Kid.

A close up of News Carver.

The Tall Texan.

Kid Curry stands tall in the back.

Butch Cassidy, the leader of the gang.

View more information about the Wild bunch and see the actual photo here. (Correctly states photo as from 1901, not 1906)

Visit the Winchester Mystery House website here.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Hollywood Wax Museum- Ben Affleck

Here at the awards show, we see academy Award winner Ben Affleck posing for the photographers. The figure looks pretty accurate, and Mr. Affleck's expression matches the mood of the red carpet. The Hollywood Wax Museum has really improved the detail of their figures since they first opened, and this red carpet scene is perfect example of that improvement.

Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum website here.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Walter's International Wax Museum- LBJ


With the success of the Paris Spectacular Wax Museum at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the Walters brothers brought their wax museum to the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. Here we see Lyndon B. Johnson in the Presidential section of the museum. John F. Kennedy helped break ground on the fair, but it was Johnson who would serve as president during the run of the exposition. The wax figure captures Johnson's usually "pleasant" disposition quite well.

A close up of the President. I can't tell if the figure makes him look upset, half asleep, drunk, or bored.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Movieland Wax Museum- High Noon

Today we see a scene from the Movieland Wax Museum featuring Cary Cooper and Grace Kelly. High Noon stars Cooper as an ex Marshall who is forced back into a situation of violence. In this tableau we see Cooper standing in front of a sitting Grace Kelly. The figures are quite accurate and the tumultuous look on Cooper's face is priceless. The Kelly wax figure looks equally stern.

Cooper, as the Marshall, looks ready able and willing to face Frank Miller and his men.

Will she compromise her religious beliefs for her husband? Kelly sits in the shadows while her husband stands in the doorway.

The clapboard sign describing the movie scene.

More information on Gary Cooper for all those interested.

The figures travelled to the World wax Museum in Korea, and the set sold at the Movieland auction for $600.


Monday, May 12, 2008

News- Cameron Diaz Happens into Vegas Madame Tussaud's

It happened in Vegas. Madame Tussaud's introduced a new (to Vegas) Cameron Diaz wax figure. In their usual style, they introduced a new interactive exhibit where guests can interact with the movie star. Drew Barrymore was kicked out of her seat so you, the guest, can pretend to star with the blonde actress in her newest movie.

The figure is the same mold as the one they added to the New York Museum. Her outfit is different, but the theme of the attraction is the same.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's website here.


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Mammoth Cave Wax Museum- Daniel Boone


One of Kentucky's famous historical figures, Daniel Boone is honored in the Mammoth Cave Wax Museum with this life size re-creation. The figure sits in a log cabin holding his weapons. Although he was born in Pennsylvania, Boone is well know for forging a trail to Kentucky, which allowed the settlement of this future State. The figure is actually quite nice, and for a historical figure that had limited visual references, it came out quite nice.

A closer shot highlights the detail in the figure. I like the outfit, it really expresses the frontiersman nature of Boone.

View more information on Daniel Boone here.

Visit the Mammoth Cave Wax Museum website here.


Friday, May 02, 2008

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf- Titanic

Today we have scene from the 1997 film, Titanic on display at the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. I don't believe these are the exact figures from Movieland Wax Museum, but that they were made using the same molds at the same time. The two museums were owned by the same Family, and sharing the same molds would be cost efficient. The set is very similar, and the costumes seem nearly identical.

Another view of the figures. This must be one of the most famous scenes in movie history.
Visit the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf website here.
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