Night­mare at the wax mu­seum?

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BOS­TON — A good roast­ing hasn’t caused a melt­down at Bos­ton’s new wax mu­seum.

Of­fi­cials at the Dream­land Wax Mu­seum say they’re em­brac­ing the ex­tra at­ten­tion brought by waves of on­line heck­lers who have lam­pooned some of its less- than- flat­ter­ing like­nesses.

“It’s ab­so­lutely been a bless­ing to have all of that con­tro­versy,” said Michael Pel­letz, the mu­seum’s vice- pres­i­dent of sales. “Even if it’s neg­a­tive press, it’s work­ing won­der­fully.”

Pho­tos of the mu­seum’s life- size wax fig­ures have been cir­cu­lat­ing on­line since it opened its doors in July, in some cases in­spir­ing scorch­ing ridicule.

It started with a wax por­trayal of U. S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that some say looks more like South Carolina Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham.

Then it was a statue of New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady that some called “creepy,” with one on­line critic say­ing it looks like some­one who “would mur­der you and hide the body.”

Now it’s a fig­ure of for­mer Bos­ton Celtics for­ward Paul Pierce, which one sports- news web­site sim­ply said “looks like some­one who’s not Paul Pierce.”

Pel­letz says some of the fig­ures aren’t per­fect be­cause they’re based on pho­tos in­stead of ac­tual mea­sure­ments from the celebri­ties.

And if the sculp­tors aren’t keenly fa­mil­iar with ev­ery con­tour of Brady’s face, he said they can be for­given — most are based over­seas, in Lon­don and Paris.

Still, Pel­letz said even the im­per­fect stat­ues are works of art that have taken months to cre­ate.

“I’m proud of ev­ery sin­gle wax fig­ure in here,” he said. “Some peo­ple love Pi­casso, some peo­ple don’t. It’s per­cep­tion.”

Go­ing for­ward, most new mod­els will be cre­ated only af­ter artists sit down with the sub­ject to gather dozens of di­men­sions.

The goal is to add about five stat­ues a year, mostly of stars with roots in Bos­ton.

So far, the jeers have tar­geted only a small frac­tion of the mu­seum’s 101 wax mod­els of mu­si­cians, ac­tors and his­tor­i­cal fig­ures.

Sev­eral oth­ers have drawn ad­mi­ra­tion for their im­pec­ca­ble like­nesses.

Brandi Zeitz of nearby Sau­gus was at the mu­seum with her two sons this week when she stopped cold be­fore a seated statue of rap­per Snoop Dogg.

“He’s spooky look­ing. He looks like he’s go­ing to stand up,” said Zeitz, whose sons posed along­side the statue for a photo.

PHO­TOS: CHRIS BRUNEAU

Rid­ing the Banff Gon­dola is eight min­utes of heaven. Be­low left, Lake Louise is a Cana­dian Rock­ies must- see. Be­low right, go off the beaten path to ( lit­er­ally) soak in Takakkaw Falls.

Mo­raine Lake is worth los­ing sleep over. Be­low, Cas­tle Moun­tain is found be­tween Banff and Lake Louise.

STEPHAN SAVOIA/ THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Shameka Nurse, a guest host at the Dream­land Wax Mu­seum, ap­pears with the wax Don­ald Trump fig­ure stand­ing in an Oval Of­fice scene.

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