While we take a break from all the crazy toy stories going on around these parts I am finally getting to a special topic I have long wanted to talk about! Click the link below and read all about a whole new version of toy Miss M!
Back in January (of this year) I was a part of a Geek Fallout episode where we discussed Bucket Lists. My Bucket List was full of fun dorky little things, one of which was to have my very own action figure based off my likeness. Now I know I have my Littlest Pet Shop Blythe toy that has been doing a fantastic job for being a toy version of myself, but who wouldn't want a highly detailed action figure based off their own likeness?
Well a dear man who has come into my life during these last number of months listened to that episode and made a mental note about my particular item on my bucket list. Jason D. was incredibly sweet and so very thoughtful, because for my birthday last month he got me my very own figure with a face sculpt based off my likeness! I can't even begin to express how awesome this gift was. I will express it in words anyway!
So Jason D. used the website ThatsMyFace.com to start the process of customizing my face into toy form. The folks at That's My Face have some incredible talents that involve custom made face and head products from realistic portraits, masks, and of course action figures/dolls. I don't know the process for a mask or portrait, so I will be addressing the experience of getting a face and head fit for an action figure together. First you pick from the choices of action figure bodies available. They don't create a completely new figure based off of your whole body, just the head and face. They do have a large variety of action figure bodies though to pick from that work with the head sculpt. (More on that in a little bit.)
The next step of the process was fun. Jason D. wanted to keep the gift a surprise to me but he also wanted my input so I knew beforehand what was going on. We had to take three pictures of just my face from the front and both the left and right side. After those pictures were sent off, the folks at That's My Face worked on rendering my face for a cool online 3D analysis in creating the toy sculpt.
Before everything was cast in resin, they sent Jason D. images of my face and what to expect from the sculpt. Here are those images:
I made sure I had a bold lip. The color was MAC Candy Yum Yum. I had to have some color on my lips. It just made sense. After checking out the photos and liking everything, the next phase of the process went into order. The face sculpts are made from a resin and the process takes anywhere from 7 to 25 days. It all depends on what you want done. They also ship Internationally too, so that is a really nice thing for customers who live all over the place.
The wait was not long at all for my custom face. It arrived in about a week and a half and once it arrived, I was freaking out. I had no idea what I was expecting to see. It's not every day you open a box with your head in it. I'm not Gwyneth, ok?
Needless to say I was so thrilled. Packed with my head was also a brand new figure. We opened the new figure, removed the figure's head, and readied it for my toy head. Some putty and super glue were also included to help attach the new head to the figure. There were different types of putty for either a permanent attachment or for swappable choices. I opted for the putty that would give me swappable powers because I'm a woman and it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind. I can't keep just one body style! Where's the fun in that?
Ok, enough of all this, let's check out the final product!
Those Buffy figures from Diamond Select are perfect, and this Anya figure is my fun and flirty look!
There is one more figure I have that will make for a perfect toy version of me!
ThatsMyFace.com. This is a great item and perfect for the stories I have in mind for this Diary. Be sure to go and check out their website, this is a great item for any dorky person and also makes a great gift.
Which brings me to my last and final item to discuss, I can't begin to thank Jason D. enough for this thoughtful and personal gift. He has been someone I never expected to have in my life, but I am relishing every moment I share with him. I adore this man and am so very thankful for his thoughtfulness to help make one of my geeky items on a bucket list come true. Thank you so very much, I love you to the moon and beyond my dear man friend.