A few months ago, American toy company JAKKS Pacific unveiled its Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice collectible line. Compared with its design of the two titular superheroes, its iteration of Wonder Woman didn't really capture the likeness of the actress who played the bad-ass Amazonian princess, Gal Gadot. Even her costume looked a bit off.
That's where a certain Noel Cruz stepped in.
A Filipino-American artist based in Anaheim, California, Cruz specializes in repainting celebrity action figures. "His repaints as well as his portraits are done with intricate detail to the point of being naturally life-like in essence," says Cruz's website of his work. He's done Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, just to name a few. This time, Wonder Woman gets the special Cruz treatment.
Not only did he repaint the face and outfit of the $20-toy, he also replaced the plastic hair with long locks made of fabric to make it more realistic. He then added an intricately detailed armor, golden lasso, and belt to complete the warrior princess' look.
The finished product is breathtaking. Here are the before-and-after photos:
Apparently, all the store-bought piece needed was Noel's def touch to be turned into something close to the real thing.
Isn't it astonishing—if not somewhat creepy—how the toy looks exactly like Gal?
Cruz has put his reworked Wonder Woman doll up for auction on eBay, with the highest bid at $1,625 (around P80,000), as of this writing.