So often, dolls of characters from our favorite movies and TV shows never look anything like the real actors and actresses who played them. For instance, the internet lost it earlier this year when a Belle doll modeled after Emma Watson turned out looking like Justin Bieber (seriously, it did!). That’s where artist Noel Cruz comes in; he takes matter into his own hands and revamps dolls into beautiful works of art — including the Bieber/Belle one.
This isn’t Cruz’s first doll makeover; his Instagram account is full of shockingly realistic dolls that can easily be mistaken for photographs upon first glance. His work on dolls covers a vast array of fandoms and franchises, from popular celebrities to characters from pop culture and even Disney princesses! In several of his posts on Instagram, he includes a before-and-after photo that will make your jaw drop. It makes you wonder why toy designers don’t hire him to design all of their dolls.
If you find yourself completely infatuated by one of his incredible creations, you can purchase them on eBay. Read on to check out some of Noel’s doll makeovers, and prepare to be blown away.