Lara Croft leaps into the record books
January 22, 2010
The world’s female answer to Indiana Jones, Lara Croft first entered the public’s consciousness in 2006 when she made her debut in the computer game Tomb Raider. Since then she has rocketed to stardom appearing not only in a number of game sequels but in comic books, novels, animated films and two full length feature films in which she was portrayed by Angelina Jolie. She has even appeared on the cover of The Face magazine and stood on stage with U2.
She has now been immortalized by achieving a total of six entries in the 2010 Gamers Edition of the Guinness Book of Records. The English aristocratic adventurer is now the Most Recognisable Female Character In A Video Game as well as Most Successful Video Game Heroine. Because of the enormous franchise the game created Lara is also the Most Successful Live-Action Transfer and holds the records for the Highest Grossing Computer Game Spin Off and Most Official Real Life Stand-Ins In A Video Game. Since 1996 Lara has been officially portrayed in three dimensions by ten different models including Nell McAndrew. Today model and gymnast Alison Carroll wears the calf-high boots and fingerless gloves.
Lara has also taken the title of Most Detailed Video Game Character for her appearance in Tomb Raider: Underworld. Toby Guard who designed Lara says that her sizeable breasts were created when he accidently increased their size to 250 percent instead of the intended 150 percent. Although he thought it would be a good marketing idea to stick with the mistake he later said that he regretted making her bosom quite so big.