As many of you may know we have started a small tradition of hosting wax figures on loan from Madame Tussauds Hollywood here at the theatre. With Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage playing this Friday and Saturday night we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have the great Captain Picard and Captain’s chair displayed in the lobby. Check out these cool facts about the creation of this display.
Patrick Stewart did do a sitting for Madame Tussauds to make the figure very accurate.
During An average celebrity sitting, 250 measurements are taken of the head and body from every angle. In addition, 180 photographs are also taken with different lenses and lighting to ensure accuracy.
He was first unveiled at the New York attraction May 5, 2003.
It takes approximately 800 hours of painstaking work to complete a wax figure.
It takes 6 weeks to sculpt a head for a figure in clay before it is molded. Once molded, it takes 140 hours to individually insert the hairs, including eyebrows.
All figures have their hair washed and make-up retouched regularly.
It takes 330 pounds of clay to sculpt a standard figure.
Because wax shrinks, wax figures are made two percent larger than the real life subjects they portray.
President Barack Obama is the first wax figure to appear in all 9 Madame Tussauds locations around the world.
Each figure costs between $250,000.00 and $350,000.00 to create depending on the size of the figure.
To add authenticity to the figures at Madame Tussauds, many artifacts have been donated from the celebrity or purchased from auctions. Joan Rivers even donated her personal nail polish.
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