VidCon brought hundreds of real-life online video stars to Anaheim, but at the same time, an adjacent event featured the first two YouTube stars made entire of wax. At both Defy Media’s VidCon suite and the nearby “Viewseum” in Anaheim, Madame Tussauds debuted wax figures of Smosh duo Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla.
The wax figures, which Madame Tussauds first announced in May 2015, are the first ones to ever feature YouTube stars. “What an honor it is to be recognized and chosen for Madame Tussauds first YouTube wax figures in their 250 year history,” said the Smosh guys in a press release. “To have the big reveal take place on the red carpet at the premiere of our first movie just made this eventful day even more memorable. We’re excited to bring them along to VidCon and can’t think of a more fitting venue to show off our wax selves!”
While Ian and Anthony are the first YouTube stars to receive the wax treatment, they will not be alone for long. Madame Tussauds is also planning to make wax figures of YouTube power couple Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes for its London location. As for the Smosh figures, they will tour the company’s six American locations, in San Francisco, New York, Hollywood, Orlando, Las Vegas and Washington D.C.