Thursday, August 27, 2009

News- Serena Williams Slams into Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in New York City unveiled a new wax figure of tennis star Serena Williams this week. The figure has the full body wax feature that most figures don't have. No head and hands only with miss Williams. Although the figure's head could have been sculpted better, the detail in the body is pretty terrific. Look for this figure to get duplicated and make its way into other Madame Tussaud's wax museums.

The real Serena Williams meets her wax likeness.

I'm not quite sure what she is doing here.

I guess she likes it after all.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's website here.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Musée Historique Canadien- Exterior

Here, in glorious black and white is a very old image of the Musée Historique Canadien. The museum featured over 200 wax figures in tableaux focusing on Biblical history, early Christianity, and Canadian history. It was located across from St. Joseph's Shine in Montreal Quebec, Canada. While the 1930's architecture is stunning, the art deco lettering on the facade is equally impressive. The museum was in operation from 1935-1989, and when it closed, the figures were donated to the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization). They were put on display as the Wax Heroes exhibit.

A close up of the entrance. The statues are also quite interesting. This is one of the more elaborate wax museum buildings that I've seen.

More information on the Wax Heroes exhibit can be found here.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Madame Tussauds Vegas- Master Chief

Back in 2007 I showed the unveiling of the new Master Chief figure at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas. Here's the Halo 3 figure sometime later. It's difficult to understand the point of making a wax figure that is completely enclosed in armor. However, the detail work on this figure is amazing. The coloring, and style make it very intimidating.

A closer shot of Master Chief with its rather large weapon. It looks like there is actually a person in there.

They did a great job with the reflective visor of the helmet.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's website here.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum- Discovery by Viscaino

The first explorers to what eventually became Monterey Bay reached the new land in 1542. Juan Cabrillo passed by, but there was no interaction between the two cultures until 1602. Sebastian Viscaino commanded the ship that housed the first Spaniards that made contact with the Ohlone Indians.

The Spanish arrive, and are greeted by the friendly Ohlone. This would be the only contact for another 170 years.

A close up of the two Spaniards.

The wax museum's website is no longer up.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Potter's Wax Museum- Geoffrey Chaucer


Best known for his work, The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer is represented in Potter's Wax Museum with this rather portly wax figure. Chaucer gave legitimacy to the English language through his narrative poetry. Before Chaucer, French and Latin were the languages of choice in the church and Royal Court.

A close up of the figure, with its hand posed.

Visit the Potter's Wax Museum's website here.


Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Movieland Wax Museum- Mad Wednesday

For today's post we see silent movie legend Harold Lloyd standing on the ledge of the building, trying to escape. In this motion picture, Lloyd plays Harold Diddlebock, a dry loser whose major accomplishment in life was scoring the winning touchdown in a college football game. After a night of drinking and careless spending, he ends up the owner of a circus, and comedy ensues.

A close up of the wax figure. Harold wears his trademark glasses.

The scene with the flash on. The set has a strange mood about it, since the building and figures are in color, but the backdrop is in black and white.

A close up of Jackie the Lion.

The clapboard sign is technically incorrect. The title was originally called The Sin of Harold Diddlebock. After some reshoots and some edits, the film was rereleased as Mad Wednesday in 1950.

The Harold Lloyd figure was sold at the Movieland auction for $800, and the set sold for $1000.

BONUS: Watch this movie here. (Courtesy of

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