Jolie's figurine had just been an ordinary doll before Cruz removed the factory paint, and then re-touched the face with acrylics, forming the actress' features. To make the doll look more like the Tomb Raider star, he even fitted it with a long brown wig and added a glamorous dress. After the transformation was complete, the doll was put up on Internet auction site eBay, where the anonymous bidder bought it.
For Cruz, who specialises in painting dolls to look like celebrities, there was only one thing that was missing from the doll - Jolie's tattoos. Despite the doll having been made in an almost exact replica of the real deal, it still came under the criticism of an online forum.
"The Angie doll is pretty realistic and creepy. I think the doll's arms are still fatter than Angie's real arms," the Daily Telegraph quoted one online comment as saying. Another said: "Wow, who purchased this? They must have money to throw away."
Cruz, who is from the Philippines, began taking commissions for portraits aged 16. He was inspired to turn his talents to dolls when he was looking for one to add to his wife's collection.