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CMM
05-23-2012, 04:44 AM
A new waxwork figure of Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal is unveiled at a photocall in Regents Park in central London, on May 23, 2012.

The waxwork will later take up residence amongst other sporting stars at the Madame Tussauds museum in London

http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/c4/fullj.92037d07853514ea50b0f32803e74835/92037d07853514ea50b0f32803e74835-getty-511135692.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Lps5v.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/95jb9.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/nSklq.jpg

CMM
05-23-2012, 04:51 AM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/c0/fullj.da08e73d45ec58bb103b6a985f134275/da08e73d45ec58bb103b6a985f134275-getty-511135990.jpg

http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/e6/fullj.0ca5076fe2e822a8f95fd225b576ab1e/0ca5076fe2e822a8f95fd225b576ab1e-getty-511135931.jpg

nadal_slam_king
05-23-2012, 05:01 AM
Finally, a wax figure that looks real.

Rocky89
05-23-2012, 05:11 AM
Best one I've seen but I don't get why they narrowed his nose so much, reminds me of those Armani ads.

nadal_slam_king
05-23-2012, 05:14 AM
Too bad they used the 2012 AO outfit....

namelessone
05-23-2012, 05:15 AM
Wow, that's a pretty good effort. Compare it to the awful wax figure they made of Djoko :oops:

http://www.ohlalamag.com/.a/6a00e54fb7301c88340167625bc9d6970b-800wi

It's like they were mocking Novak or something.

Still, I think something is off with the face on Nadal's wax statue. It could be that they square-jawed him too much, from a certain angle he looks a bit like Ferrer.

nadal_slam_king
05-23-2012, 05:19 AM
Wow, that Djokovic wax figure is disgracefully done. It's like they couldn't be bothered.

zcarzach
05-23-2012, 05:20 AM
Wax statues are creepy as hell. But they did a nice job, it does look like him. However, it kind of looks like he's preparing to hit a one hand backhand...

CMM
05-23-2012, 05:22 AM
Wow, that's a pretty good effort. Compare it to the awful wax figure they made of Djoko :oops:
It's like they were mocking Novak or something.


Madame Tussauds is a famous museum while Novak's figure was made in Serbia.

dudeski
05-23-2012, 05:31 AM
I dunno, there is something missing about this wax figure. It doesn't quite convey the character. Could it be....


















...could it be?

http://allergicpagan.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/church-lady-satan.jpg

Sid_Vicious
05-23-2012, 05:34 AM
Absolutely amazing.

Netzroller
05-23-2012, 05:37 AM
WOW:shock:
That one turned out really good!!

sixone90
05-23-2012, 05:38 AM
His hair looks too thick because it's dry and Rafa's hair is never dry when he steps on the court.

Netzroller
05-23-2012, 05:43 AM
Madame Tussauds is a famous museum while Novak's figure was made in Serbia.
well, then they should have hired somone from Madame Tussauds to do it or something. I mean, it's their national hero and this is the best they could do?

It would be cool if they made one of Federer as well.

TheF1Bob
05-23-2012, 05:52 AM
Why aint there one of the Son of God??? I mean seriously, this is sending the wrong message to our children.

Gotta admit though, they did a fantastic job on it, looks SO real.

sbengte
05-23-2012, 05:58 AM
Wow ! That one came out real good. Makes him look better and younger than he actually is in person :)

Sentinel
05-23-2012, 06:01 AM
Wow ! That one came out real good. Makes him look better and younger than he actually is in person :)
And honester and humbler than he really is, too :D

sbengte
05-23-2012, 06:05 AM
And honester and humbler than he really is, too :D

True !
10 vamoses

Blinkism
05-23-2012, 06:12 AM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/c0/fullj.da08e73d45ec58bb103b6a985f134275/da08e73d45ec58bb103b6a985f134275-getty-511135990.jpg

This shot, you could fool anyone into thinking is just a picture of the real Nadal.

Pretty decent job, considering most wax figures look just terrible.

Magnus
05-23-2012, 06:13 AM
This shot, you could fool anyone into thinking is just a picture of the real Nadal.

Pretty decent job, considering most wax figures look just terrible.

I guess the figure is the only one wasting more time than the real thing. LOL.

DjokerRules
05-23-2012, 06:26 AM
I guess some people just make better models for wax dummies.

sbengte
05-23-2012, 06:27 AM
This shot, you could fool anyone into thinking is just a picture of the real Nadal.


http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/c0/fullj.da08e73d45ec58bb103b6a985f134275/da08e73d45ec58bb103b6a985f134275-getty-511135990.jpg

Nah ! Actually he is incomplete without the trademark snarl , I don't ever remember seeing Nadal on a court with an expression like in that wax figure. I am sure it is too Federeresque for the liking of true Nadal fans - lacks the passion and energy that is characteristic of Nadal.

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSWF5Ju0YQcTxZLUJd4gfHj3Bh187MJR jr1cEuRoPCltbUjsDoINA
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR7XiTyeL2QhwTf4_cf7n82OZQtMziDh AsOgs1BOe_Il494Gpb-hw
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRI0vjgI0_8wUlVBzg1dS4ztMWbtFnFh m0X-IKnAogIo3Lvpgle

monfed
05-23-2012, 06:40 AM
Hit the nail on the head, I too think the face is a bit too "smooth",more federesque than Ralph.

CMM
05-23-2012, 06:45 AM
It lacks the focus and it's not the same position but pretty close...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ui2PDCcLLbM/TgjmrPqFhBI/AAAAAAAAJjc/qGHqxSAXoR0/s1600/2011-rafael-nadal-wimbledon-nike-outfit0001.jpg

sureshs
05-23-2012, 06:48 AM
It is missing the butt pick

monfed
05-23-2012, 06:49 AM
You can easily tell the wax figure is fake although Djokovic's far worse.

Alchemy-Z
05-23-2012, 06:49 AM
I wonder if Rafa will bite his wax figure for some promo pictures! lol

dudeski
05-23-2012, 06:51 AM
And honester and humbler than he really is, too :D

That's because it doesn't have the antisoul or whatever that thing is that demons have instead of soul.

rommil
05-23-2012, 07:14 AM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/c0/fullj.da08e73d45ec58bb103b6a985f134275/da08e73d45ec58bb103b6a985f134275-getty-511135990.jpg

http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/e6/fullj.0ca5076fe2e822a8f95fd225b576ab1e/0ca5076fe2e822a8f95fd225b576ab1e-getty-511135931.jpg

Looking at the stands at Uncle Toni waiting for a signal:)

Sentinel
05-23-2012, 07:25 AM
Looking at the stands at Uncle Toni waiting for a signal:)
This is actually Nadal's PR agent trying to tell him something during the Rome final when Noel broke him.

http://i.imgur.com/mMSPO.jpg

Can't make out since I don't know Spanish.

rommil
05-23-2012, 07:47 AM
[QUOTE=CMM;6560218]

http://i.imgur.com/95jb9.jpg



Even Rafa's wax takes MTOs

OriginalHockeytowner
05-23-2012, 07:56 AM
[QUOTE=CMM;6560218]Even Rafa's wax takes MTOs

Hahahahahahahaha! Well played! :)

BobFL
05-23-2012, 08:14 AM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/c4/fullj.92037d07853514ea50b0f32803e74835/92037d07853514ea50b0f32803e74835-getty-511135692.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Lps5v.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/95jb9.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/nSklq.jpg

These photos are historical - real cortex and paintjob-ed Nadal! Vamos!

nadal_slam_king
05-23-2012, 08:24 AM
The bland facial expression is plausible if he's playing an unrushed backhand slice/drop-shot which requires finesse and not physical exertion. But I agree its not a typical Nadal facial expression, so it was a poor choice.

Hood_Man
05-23-2012, 08:26 AM
It's too smooth, but it's still by far the best tennis wax figure I've seen. One of those photos could be mistaken for the real thing.

Djokovic and Murray's look appalling by comparison.

Wolfman Jack
05-23-2012, 08:27 AM
You can easily tell the wax figure is fake although Djokovic's far worse.
No, you can't easily tell the wax figure is fake. It's probably the best wax figure I've ever seen. If you (or anybody else) saw that picture in a report about a match, you wouldn't think twice.

The Djokovic wax figure on the other hand... It looks like he had makeup for a drag performance and then he started having kidney failure. And the pose looks like he just finished doing a Dr. Evil impression and he's waiting for Dr. Igor to blow him a kiss from the audience. It looks horrible.

CMM
05-23-2012, 11:05 AM
This one is in Amsterdam. Looks almost the same.

http://p.twimg.com/Ao2ScBCCEAIYzFe.jpg

Wolfman Jack
05-23-2012, 11:14 AM
This one is in Amsterdam. Looks almost the same.

http://p.twimg.com/Ao2ScBCCEAIYzFe.jpg
Are we certain this is not just Nadal racking in some extra cash?

Mike Sams
05-23-2012, 11:16 AM
Good wax figure but doesn't convey the energy and power of Rafa if you know what I mean. I'd rather he be hitting his trademark topspin forehand and showing exertion rather than hitting a ho-hum slice shot. We need more emotion displayed in these wax figures.

Hood_Man
05-23-2012, 11:20 AM
Yeah it's the chin that gives it away for me (that and me knowing it's wax obvs). If I cover that up so I can see his nose upwards it's uncanny.

gtshark1
05-23-2012, 11:21 AM
I wonder what the racquet specs are :) PJ?

Bergboy123
05-23-2012, 11:30 AM
Am I the only one that wouldn't mind having this in my house? :P

Crayola Oblongata
05-23-2012, 11:45 AM
Am I the only one that wouldn't mind having this in my house? :P

I'm sure there are a few on here who would fight you for it, and by fight, I mean kill.

It's one of the best wax figures I've seen, though it's eyes have got something Federer about them.

vive le beau jeu !
05-23-2012, 11:45 AM
http://i.imgur.com/95jb9.jpg
can we use it as a voodoo doll ?
i brought my toolbox...

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWNj1AVQ3nWk5Arc7eFOZylMskYcJ5Q Mck7KdBO3JTUbPCe5hFsFPytH6quQ

https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRybkcpvS9jmhFvGReZ3U7ixMyEniJvH v2ipMJIrzxy8rRvnCyJ

http://www.hd-outillage.com/images/tronconneuse_shindaiwa_490.jpg

(not sure if this should have been posted in the "Other Equipment" section)

jones101
05-23-2012, 11:53 AM
http://entertainmentrundown.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Serena-Williams-Wax-Figure-682x1024.jpg
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/incoming/article287201.ece/ALTERNATES/gallerySize/venus1_full.jpg

Serena's wax figurine's face looks live a cavewoman.

monfed
05-23-2012, 11:59 AM
@vlbj ROFL!

reversef
05-23-2012, 01:30 PM
I dunno, there is something missing about this wax figure. It doesn't quite convey the character. Could it be....

For once, I agree with you. It's really good, but there is something missing: the energy!

reversef
05-23-2012, 01:33 PM
Good wax figure but doesn't convey the energy and power of Rafa if you know what I mean. I'd rather he be hitting his trademark topspin forehand and showing exertion rather than hitting a ho-hum slice shot. We need more emotion displayed in these wax figures.
+1
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CMM
05-23-2012, 01:33 PM
A wax replica of the Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal was put on display at Londonís Madame Tussauds wax museum on Wednesday.

It took a team of stylists, sculptors, and artists four months to complete. The cost that went into it was about 236,000 US dollars.

[Liz Edwards, Madame Tussauds Spokesperson]:
"So it takes four months and a team of 20 people to make a wax figure at Madame Tussauds at a cost of about £150,000. The figure making process starts with a sculpting team looking at hundreds of photographs, they then create a clay sculpture of a figure and that takes four to six weeks, he then goes through molding, coloring, hair insertion, every single hair is individually inserted, and then the wardrobe team come in and look at his stylings."

The figure is of Nadal preparing to slice a shot with his racket.

[Liz Edwards, Madame Tussauds Spokesperson]:
"So one of the interesting things since being here is a lot of the coaches have commented that his iconic pose is actually a forehanded shot. And so what we decided to do is look at a shot where guests could interact easily with it. So though it's not an iconic shot for him, it's something that guests can replicate when they stand next to him so that's why we choose that shot."

But some argue that the figure could have been better.

[Henry, Will to Win Tennis Coach]:
"I'm just saying the stance is a little bit too upright. And in tennis you're trying to lean into your shot, so your weight's moving through the shot. I just think Rafael needs to be slightly forward and the shoulder kind of like dipping a little bit. Because you're slicing from a high to low shot, so you want to be coming down."

While standing at the nearby Regentís Park, the life-like figure of Nadal in a tennis court brings a shock to onlookers.

Be careful not confuse who is the real ten time Grand Slam winner and Olympic gold medalist!

.............

jackson vile
05-23-2012, 02:02 PM
http://entertainmentrundown.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Serena-Williams-Wax-Figure-682x1024.jpg
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/incoming/article287201.ece/ALTERNATES/gallerySize/venus1_full.jpg

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa331/jacksonvile/Charles-BarkleySerena.jpg
Serena's wax figurine's face looks live a cavewoman.

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa331/jacksonvile/Ohnoooooooooo.gif

Crisstti
05-23-2012, 03:19 PM
It's too smooth, but it's still by far the best tennis wax figure I've seen. One of those photos could be mistaken for the real thing.

Djokovic and Murray's look appalling by comparison.

Not by comparison. Djokovic's looks like it's a zombie version of him...

But yeah, this one is just amazing. Could very well be confused with the real person. I think it'd be better if he was seen hitting a forehand, but from what CMM posted they had their reasons to choose another pose...

JamieSafe
05-23-2012, 04:34 PM
Why doesn't Federer have a wax statue?

rommil
05-23-2012, 05:14 PM
For once, I agree with you. It's really good, but there is something missing: the energy!

They tried to put energy but the statue starting complaining he was tired:(

Hood_Man
05-23-2012, 05:16 PM
Why doesn't Federer have a wax statue?

Leonardo Da Vinci auditioned with his Statue of David, but it wasn't quite peRFect enough so he failed :(

Tenez101
05-23-2012, 05:22 PM
http://gototennis.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Rafael_Nadal_wax_figurine.jpg


It really captures Nadal's energy!

Vamos Raffer!

kimbahpnam
05-23-2012, 05:24 PM
rafa getting ready to hit a slice?...they got it all wrong :)

OddJack
05-23-2012, 05:26 PM
The best part and the most real looking is the tape around the knee.

vive le beau jeu !
05-23-2012, 05:40 PM
The best part and the most real looking is the tape around the knee.
amazing... i even didn't notice it !
even the waxdal for sure is not 100%, no ? :)
http://i.imgur.com/nSklq.jpg

http://gototennis.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Rafael_Nadal_wax_figurine.jpg


It really captures Nadal's energy!

Vamos Raffer!
not as ugly as the original one, but that's a good try... ;)

sixone90
05-23-2012, 06:08 PM
Nice paintjob, but what's underneath?

rommil
05-23-2012, 06:27 PM
Are we certain this is not just Nadal racking in some extra cash?

More like when Rafa sees the taxman:)

" I eez statue, me no move , no?"

OddJack
05-23-2012, 07:09 PM
not as ugly as the original one, but that's a good try... ;)

Muhahahaaa

No, certainly not :)

Soulie
05-23-2012, 07:37 PM
I actually thought these were new pictures of him when I first saw them on the atp site a few hours ago (til I saw the modelist standing next to him in one pic) :o
Best wax model I have ever seen.

OddJack
05-23-2012, 08:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW8P311bXzY

Sentinel
05-23-2012, 08:41 PM
can we use it as a voodoo doll ?
i brought my toolbox...

(not sure if this should have been posted in the "Other Equipment" section)
Better not leave it near your oven. Keep the wax figure away from children and hot-plates.

sbengte
05-23-2012, 08:59 PM
Better not leave it near your oven. Keep the wax figure away from children and hot-plates.

And most important : Don't ever put it on a chair.

ViscaB
05-23-2012, 09:33 PM
I hope they have 24/7 protection of the statue in case Magnus is in London.

Bud
05-23-2012, 09:36 PM
http://www.wespeaknews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/djokovic-wax-figure1.jpg

http://www.ohlalamag.com/.a/6a00e54fb7301c88340167625bc9d6970b-800wi

Clarky21
05-23-2012, 09:38 PM
I hope they have 24/7 protection of the statue in case Magnus is in London.


:lol:

10:lol:

aced_Tezuka
05-23-2012, 10:06 PM
Wow! This looks great.

rommil
05-23-2012, 10:55 PM
http://www.wespeaknews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/djokovic-wax-figure1.jpg

http://www.ohlalamag.com/.a/6a00e54fb7301c88340167625bc9d6970b-800wi

Looks like a 4.0 rendition, doesn't it Bud?:)

Rhino
05-24-2012, 03:19 AM
http://www.ohlalamag.com/.a/6a00e54fb7301c88340167625bc9d6970b-800wi

OMG that looks NOTHING like him!

Gorecki
05-24-2012, 04:11 AM
The levels of hatred of Madam Tussaud's Museum towards Vincent Spadea is amazing...

Sentinel
05-24-2012, 04:25 AM
Why doesn't Federer have a wax statue?
He's not vain and swollen-headed to have wax statues. In any case, he's too hot. they'll have to make a bronze statue of him.

Gorecki
05-24-2012, 04:27 AM
I hope they have 24/7 protection of the statue in case Magnus is in London.

because Nadal fans like you seem so sane....

purge
05-24-2012, 04:30 AM
compared to most of the wax figures ive seen this one is phenomenal

vive le beau jeu !
05-24-2012, 05:03 AM
I hope they have 24/7 protection of the statue in case Magnus is in London.
if i were a ****, i would be more afraid of what babbette or veroniquem could do to the waxdal...

Sentinel
05-24-2012, 08:12 AM
if i were a ****, i would be more afraid of what babbette or veroniquem could do to the waxdal...
They should also keep Feli and Verdy a mile away as the statue could melt in their proximity.:)

CCNM
05-24-2012, 12:42 PM
The head hair doesn't look right, and they could have given the statue some thicker facial hair, but otherwise that is the most realistic wax figure I've ever seen.

veroniquem
05-24-2012, 12:45 PM
Ha ha the Djoko looks nothing like him. Poor Novak!

vive le beau jeu !
05-24-2012, 01:21 PM
http://www.horror-shop.com/out/pictures/generated/product/1/350_600_75/14879.jpg
The head hair doesn't look right, and they could have given the statue some thicker facial hair, but otherwise that is the most realistic wax figure I've ever seen.
agreed.

penguyen17
05-24-2012, 02:45 PM
They need to replicate the $500,000 watch, then it would authentic.

veroniquem
05-24-2012, 07:18 PM
I actually thought these were new pictures of him when I first saw them on the atp site a few hours ago (til I saw the modelist standing next to him in one pic) :o
Best wax model I have ever seen.


I agree. They did a fantastic job this time. I'm impressed.

Slice&Smash
05-25-2012, 08:35 AM
Looks like a 4.0 rendition, doesn't it Bud?:)

4.5 actually...

TheTruth
05-25-2012, 06:42 PM
Awesome likeness.

trenzterra
05-25-2012, 07:49 PM
This one is in Amsterdam. Looks almost the same.

http://p.twimg.com/Ao2ScBCCEAIYzFe.jpg

LOL Nadal considering a career in baseball?