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Customized Katniss doll looks like Jennifer Lawrence

FBMD01000ac2030000c91d00006d440000ec490000aa4e0000cb6800008b9d000087a2000009aa0000d4b000000a0a0100Noel Cruz Artist Noel Cruz took a Mattel Katniss doll, left, and transformed it into a $ 2,500 collectable. FBMD01000ac1030000b61e00008744000080490000194f0000b0670000f6990000d89f000094a70000a8af00004e030100Noel Cruz Noel Cruz poses with his upgraded ‘Gone With The Wind’ dolls.
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The odds appear to have been in Noel Cruz’s favor.

The Tustin, Calif.-based artist’s customized Katniss Everdeen doll, which bears a striking resembling to Jennifer Lawrence as the “Hunger Games” heroine, recently fetched $ 2,500 on eBay.

Cruz, who is known for turning mass produced figurines into life-like, one-of-a-kind creations, said he spent almost three straight days on this particular doll.

“It was a grueling stretch,” the 53-year-old told the Daily News.

The Philippines native started off by fixing the oversized braid of the original Mattel doll.

The customized Katniss doll took Cruz about three days to finish. Noel Cruz The customized Katniss doll took Cruz about three days to finish. Enlarge Cruz strips the factory paint from the dolls and then gives them a more realistic look. Noel Cruz Cruz strips the factory paint from the dolls and then gives them a more realistic look. Enlarge

“That was the first order of business — to scale down the hair plugs,” he explained.

He then went to work on the facial features, stripping the paint so could change the shape of her eyes and add other details with a tiny brush.

Eighteen bids were placed on the final product after it was listed on eBay.

While Katniss did sell for a pretty penny — Cruz’s dolls usually cost an average of $ 1,200 each — it is far from his biggest sale. A collector once paid $ 5,100 for an upgraded doll of “Charlie’s Angels” star Kate Jackson.

JLaw, is that you? Cruz’s doll looks a lot like Jennifer Lawrence’s character in ‘The Hunger Games’ movies.Noel Cruz JLaw, is that you? Cruz’s doll looks a lot like Jennifer Lawrence’s character in ‘The Hunger Games’ movies.

This likely won’t be the last Katniss doll Cruz makes over.

“I’m thinking of commissioning someone to do the outfits,” he said. “Maybe I will do one of her wearing the wedding dress (from “Catching Fire”).”

Cruz said he hasn’t seen the latest “Hunger Games” movie, “Mockingjay — Part 1,” yet, but plans to see it soon so he has a solid foundation “when it comes time to replicate the next doll.”

“I don’t want to disappoint the fans out there,” he added.

Cruz said a collector in the UK placed the winning bid for the doll.ebay Cruz said a collector in the UK placed the winning bid for the doll.

In the meantime, Cruz, who has been repainting celebrity dolls for more than a decade, has a slew of other projects lined up, including a Jean Harlow figurine and a number of commissions.

He is also looking to finish a doll-repainting tutorial in the coming months and expand his collection of works to include dolls of characters from “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones.”

“I always want to come up with new projects,” he said.

vtaylor@nydailynews.com

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