Woz in wax: Madame Tussauds unveils Steve Wozniak statue

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Woz poses with his waxwork double.
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Steve Wozniak sure likes to wax lyrical about the Apple II, and now he can do so with his very own wax figure (sorry for the awful pun!) — which was unveiled over the weekend at the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con at the San Jose Convention Center.

“I am so honored. I have always wanted to be in a wax museum due to characters we idolize like our superheroes. You live on forever,” said Woz.

A team of studio artists at the Madame Tussauds in London took four months to create the waxwork, which carries a cost of approximately $350,000. To create it, the team took more than 250 measurements from the real-life Wozniak. The figure includes a functioning Apple Watch on his wrist, which shows videos and images of the process of making his wax figure.

In a side-by-side reveal at the Silicon Valley Comic Con, Wozniak was “reunited” with Steve Jobs, who was fortunate enough to receive a Madame Tussauds waxwork way back in 2012.

Starting March 28, visitors of Madame Tussauds San Francisco will be able to see the two together at its Fisherman’s Wharf location, alongside fellow tech visionary/young whippersnapper Mark Zuckerberg.

Woz’s waxwork may be overdue, but it wasn’t straightforward getting it made. In fact, the Apple co-founder had to win the honor by beating other rival figures in a contest announced last year by Madame Tussauds. Other finalists included Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, Frank Oppenheimer of Exploratorium, Jane Metcalfe of Wired, Marc Benioff of Salesforce, George Lucas of Lucasfilm, Larry Page of Google, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, and Edwin Catmull of Pixar.

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  • Furutan

    I’m not sure about Woz’ notions of “forever”. Once interest wanes, the head is removed and put into deep storage.