“Mrs. Lollipop who dances at work turned into a superhero action figure | British News
The likeness of a lollipop lady who likes to drink a boogie at work has been turned into an action figure.
Sandy Cox, known as “Mrs Lollipop” at her school, got a superhero makeover from a Marvel artist.
Your mini-me comes complete with a lollipop, a head-to-toe fluorescent uniform, a hat and posable limbs.
Sandy, from Edlington in Doncaster, is one of four local government ‘superheroes’ whose likenesses have been transformed into figurines in the workplace by Unison, Britain’s largest union.
Marvel artist Will Sliney used advanced 3D printing technology to design the models and also created a comic showing how each of the “everyday action heroes” goes about their work.
“The action figure is just amazing, it’s so cool,” Sandy said.
“It’s like having a shrunken Madame Tussauds wax figure of me.”
“Kids love to play with my lollipop stick and try the hat and I have said many times that I could make a fortune if I sold the stick as a toy and I think if the figurine went on sale at school , ten copies would be sold out.’
Sandy, 56, was working as a waitress at Maltby Lilly Hall Academy when the school’s border guard was ill for a period.
After stepping in and eventually taking the job full-time, the children called her “Mrs. Lollipop” and added her own touches, including making music and a “Boogie” on Friday.
The mother of three, who is employed by Rotherham Council, now has her own collectible to celebrate her 9th year in the role.
In the comic, she is shown rushing into action, saying, “My name is Sandy and I’m one of many everyday action heroes.”
“I used to work as a waitress at school and thought, ‘This could be fun,'” she said.
“It just evolved from there, I got a permanent contract and I absolutely love it.” I love seeing the kids and have made a lot of friends with parents, grandparents and carers.
“I like to have a good chat with people, it’s a lot of fun.” “I get gifts at the end of the semester and at Christmas, it’s so heartwarming.”
In a world where digital media is increasingly taking center stage, the dependable personality is an avid advocate of human interaction. She still works as a dinner lady at the academy, having taken on that role 13 years ago.
“Kids see a smiling face and consider me a respected person and someone they can trust,” Sandy said.
“I don’t think anything can replace that human interaction.” “You can’t beat it when someone talks to you and sees their face and their expression.”
Sandy’s personal touch includes bringing a few happy words to Lilly Hall Road at the end of the week.
“On Christmas I give out candy and on Fridays I drink a little boogie, the grown-ups like ’80s music and power ballads and I play a little bit of ’60s or the Dirty Dancing soundtrack,” she said.
“It’s just a little fun to put a smile on people’s faces and bring a little happiness to the day.”
“People say it’s wonderful what I do coming out whatever the weather and that I go above and beyond my call of duty by handing out candy and playing music, but I just see it as my job and try to make it fun as possible.”
Research by the GMB union in 2020 found that the number of supervisors had fallen by more than 2,000 in the ten years to that point.
Sandy, who lives with her partner River, believes they still play a valuable role that cannot be replaced by security features or technology.
“Some kids have never seen a lollipop before,” she said.
“Road safety seems to have fallen by the wayside a bit since the days when public information films broke the green cross code and such.” You can’t beat that human interaction and I’ve lectured in schools and to childminders about what we do and how we can keep children safe. Not only do I pay attention to children crossing the street, but also on a protective level. “You can’t replace that with a crosswalk, there has to be a personal touch and a personal interaction.”
With the aim of raising awareness for community workers in England and Wales, the limited edition figures are housed in boxes styled according to each individual’s role. They come complete with props, posable limbs, workwear and accompanying comic strips.
The collectibles were also made for caregiver Denise King, librarian Emma Braker and garbage collector Richard Brace.
Unison described the “superhero characters” as aiming to raise awareness of the role of council staff in delivering essential services.
Secretary-General Christina McAnea said, “Council staff are incredibly passionate about their role at the heart of communities.”
“But all too often, their contributions are overlooked, which can be frustrating for key employees who just want to do whatever it takes to help others.”
“For many municipal officials, demands are increasing while municipal budgets are tightening. “Turning them into action heroes is a great way to focus on their superhuman accomplishments.”
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