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Wax Obama unveiled at Berlin's Madame Tussauds

world Updated: Jan 15, 2009 23:15 IST

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Barack Obama's wax doppelganger has already taken office in Berlin -- five days before the real-life Obama takes over in Washington.

Standing between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at Madame Tussauds' newest museum, the President-elect is shown smiling broadly with his arms crossed across his chest.

"He looks very happy and like he might be in for a reality check," said Nancy Green, events coordinator for Democrats Abroad in Berlin.

Eight identical wax Obama figures will be displayed in each of the Madame Tussauds museums worldwide.

Berlin's Madame Tussauds made headlines on its opening day last July when one of the first visitors ripped the head off a wax figure of Adolf Hitler. The museum anticipates a much smoother reception for the next American president.

"He's quite popular in Berlin," said Madame Tussauds spokeswoman Natalie Ruoss. In July, Obama spoke to a crowd of more than 200,000 in the German capital.

The first wax Obama was unveiled in February in Washington, D.C.

Figures in London, Amsterdam, New York and Las Vegas were also to be unveiled today, while those in Hong Kong and Shanghai will "take office" on Obama's actual Inauguration Day, Jan 20.

The figures are created using professional sculptors and over 300 detailed measurements, at a cost of roughly USD 263,260 each.