No the original head is not altered. I use hot glue to attach a toothpick for the mold process. Afterwards, the head is boiled and the hot glue just comes out. In fact, if you find the figure, I suggest boiling a pot of water and lowering the figure in it by the feet so only the head is submerged. Leave it in the water for like 10-20 seconds then remove and pop it off. Make sure you shake any hot water off before touching it as sometimes the boiling water will be in the recesses and drip down on your hand when you turn the figure right side up. Here's some examples of what I plan to do with the Ares head.