I will admit to having a few Funko Pop characters adorning the shelves of my office. Some of the characters are from my favorite rock bands, others are from popular TV shows, and several are from history. However, there is one historical character who has been one of my favorite authors since childhood, though he has been sadly overlooked in the Funko Pop universe: Mark Twain.
Mark Twain is one of America's most acclaimed humorists and novelists, and for that reason I found it perplexing that the makers of Funko Pop hadn't immortalized his likeness, despite creating likenesses of other popular literary figures from history like Edgar Alan Poe, Stephen King, Dr. Suess, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.
I was lamenting Funko Pop's oversight of Mark Twain to my oldest daughter one day, and I mentioned that it wouldn't take much for the makers of Funko Pop to create a Mark Twain character since they already make Albert Einstein... if they kept the head from Einstein, all they would need was a body in a white suit. My daughter remarked that they could use the body of Colonel Sanders, so I quickly photoshopped what that would look like.
My digital prototype looked like it would work, and since I had already seen people's demonstrations for swapping the heads between bodies of Funko Pop characters, I decided that I would make my prototype a reality.
My first step was to purchase the Albert Einstein and Colonel Sanders characters.
|Colonel Sanders and Albert Einstein
My next step was to boil water in a shallow container, then soak the characters in the hot water for four minutes. After which, the heads were relatively easy to remove, and I was able to swap them to the other bodies.
|Soaking the bodies
|Removing the heads
|Reinserting the heads
After I finished swapping the heads and bodies, my final step was to use a sharpie pen to fully color the eyes for Mark Twain (since the Albert Einstein character's eyes were half open and looked droopy).
The completed Mark Twain looked great, though I have no idea what name I should give to the random scientist that I created from the leftover pieces.
UPDATE: This post is one of several that I had written that I later discovered had never been set to "public."