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Mike Tyson unveils his first ever Madame Tussauds wax figure

Mike Tyson unveils his first ever Madame Tussauds wax figure

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mike Tyson came face to face with... Mike Tyson.

He personally unveiled the world's first Mike Tyson wax figure at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" played as the curtain dropped, revealing Tyson's figure. The figure is modeled after his star turn as himself in Warner Bros. Pictures' “The Hangover.” Tyson donated the figure's black slacks, white collared shirt, crocodile shoes and his "favorite" herringbone and houndstooth jacket. He is now permanently on display inside the attraction's The Hangover Experience and positioned right next to his beloved tiger, forever trapped inside of the bathroom.

Tyson posed for the figure this spring for nearly two hours with a team of 10 artists capturing nearly 300 measurements of his athletic frame. As with all Madame Tussauds' figures, Tyson's figure represents his real-life size and likeness. Approximately 20 artists took nearly six months to create the figure. After Tyson posed, his measurements used for the figure were first sculpted in clay by hand and then covered in a plaster cast. Once the clay was removed from the cast, the wax was poured in and allowed to cool. The figure was fitted with acrylic eyes and teeth, while countless layers of tinted paint were applied to build up skin tones and replicate his iconic face tattoo.