Let me reveal the Derek Allard Action Figure™ to the world! Yup, that's right, an action figure! Kung-fu grip and everything. Well, not really kung-fu grip. I guess that'll be kind of obvious when you look at the pictures below. Jennifer Dungan is a former student of mine who now earns her living as a freelance web designer/developer. Despite being busy coding up actionscript wizardry, she finds time for her hobbies. Now some people (not me I swear!) would say that this is an unusual hobby... but its hard not to admire the talent, skill and patience that goes into a project like this.
Check out the images to see what I mean! But first, let's get one thing absolutely clear... this is a Derek action figure, not a doll!
It's a what Jen?... a "plush action figure"...
OK, let's get one thing absolutely clear... this is a Derek plush action figure, not a doll!
What is really scary is that it actually does look like me! Jen built the green/brown eyes, the dark hair, the beard, everything. For crying out loud I even own that colour shirt! In fact, that shirt is a running joke in some of my classes... (sorry readers, want to know the joke, you have to attend the classes)... which I'm sure is why she picked it. Check out the similarities.
And, to Jen's true credit, when she first met me, I did have longer, curlier hair.
Jen you rock! This is awesome! I'm so proud of my plush action figure. My wife thinks the doll looks better then I do, but to be fair, Joanne hasn't seen me in that shirt in a while. Obviously it isn't fully completed yet, and I'll update this post as it is. Oh and Jen, don't forget to sculpt my Schwarzenegger-esque biceps there also!