Blackpool Hit By 1D Mania
World's biggest boy band have arrived at Madame Tussauds Blackpool.
One Direction mania has struck Blackpool as droves of screaming fans queued to see the band’s wax figures unveiled at Madame Tussauds Blackpool.
Hundreds of loyal fans lined Blackpool Promenade to get a first glimpse of the boys at a special preview event held at the seafront attraction.
Directioners were given the chance to brush cheeks with Liam, Zayn, Harry, Niall and Louis at the exclusive unveiling. The incredibly life-like figures offer fans a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with the boys.
A number of young girls were overwhelmed after meeting the pop sensations -shedding a few tears after landing a kiss on Harry.
Matthew Titherington, General Manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool said: “We were overwhelmed by the reaction to the boys arriving in Blackpool. We knew they were going to be popular but the loyalty these fans have shown is incredible.
“The band’s figures are here until 9th November so we hope many more fans will be able to make the trip to see them.”
The quintet of wax figures sit casually together on a school-style double bench where fans can sit right beside them. Wearing clothes donated by the boys, their smart casual style comes across in the fully themed One Direction room in the heart of the attraction.
Each band member gave two sittings to help create the figures. The talented Madame Tussauds studios team took hundreds of precise measurements, examined their skin tones, eye colour and matched up hair swatches to ensure total accuracy.
The boys were stunned by the likeness at the figures launch at Madame Tussauds London last year, Zayn commented "They look wicked, they're bang on!" with Louis adding that he "can't wait for fans to see them". Niall was stunned at seeing his double "It's really good, isn't it?! This is weird - he's wearing my actual shoes!" The boys were amazed by the experience, Liam said "This is definitely a privilege, getting a wax figure" and Harry agreed "It's amazing and such an honour".
A team of 40, including sculptors, moulders, hair stylists, colourists and wardrobe experts worked flat out for four months to create the figures which each cost £150,000 to make.
One Direction have become superstars since their creation on X Factor in 2010, selling 35 million records, reaching Number One in the US with all three of their studio albums and accumulating an impressive 19.9 million Twitter followers.