Transform Yourself Into a Digital Funko Doll With This New Tool

House of Geekdom via Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0
House of Geekdom via Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

Reaching pop culture icon status is usually a prerequisite for becoming a Funko doll. That’s no longer the case. As Daily Dot reports, anyone can visit Funko's website and create a beady-eyed, block-headed avatar in their own image.

The online tool, currently in beta, makes it easy for Funko fans to "Pop!" themselves. You can shoot for realism, choosing the body type, hairstyle, and facial features that best reflect you, or you can get creative and add a unicorn horn for kicks. There are reportedly more than a million different feature combinations from which to choose, but if that sounds overwhelming, just click “randomize” and accept the hand that fate deals you.

Choosing body type on online Funko doll avatar tool.

Screenshot via Funko

After designing your character, Funko allows you to save it and use it as an avatar across their website and apps. Unfortunately, there’s no option to immortalize yourself as a real-life vinyl doll as of yet. Collectors are still limited to the tens of thousands of characters to which Funko owns the rights.

[h/t Daily Dot]

Learn to Paint Like Bob Ross in an Upcoming Facebook Live Event

Public television hero Bob Ross may no longer be with us, but you can still paint happy little trees in his honor. October 29, 2018 marks what would have been the 76th birthday of the beloved art teacher to the masses, and to honor his memory, the Quarto Group—publisher of the new book Painting With Bob Ross—is hosting a live-streamed painting party online.

Painting With Bob Ross provides step-by-step instructions to help you create some of the master’s favorite oil landscapes on your own. While Quarto’s October 23 painting party (a collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc.) can’t teach you how to mimic Ross's soothing voice, the celebration does include a painting session with Bernie Oropallo, a Certified Ross Instructor, who will demonstrate the techniques that Ross taught on The Joy of Painting.

Promo for The Quarto Group's Bob Ross painting party
The Quarto Group

The live-streamed instructional session will take place within the offices of a youth arts center in Beverly, Massachusetts, called Express Yourself. Oropallo will lead you through the process of painting “Distant Mountains,” one of the artworks included in the new book.

The painting lesson kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on October 23. To participate, log onto Facebook and head to the QuartoCreates page to join the live event. Before it starts, check out the event page here for a list of the supplies you’ll need to complete the painting. If you can’t make it to a computer that night, grab Painting With Bob Ross on Amazon ($15) to get the next best thing. If that’s not enough for you, we suggest you curl up with the official Bob Ross art book and/or a Bob Ross coloring book.

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