One Direction see double as they kick off Madame Tussauds Wax World Tour!
Pop sensations, One Direction, were today the latest figures to be unveiled here at Madame Tussauds London. Revealed for the first time in front of a small group of excited fans, the figures wear outfits donated by the boys themselves and sit casually together on a school-style double bench where fans can also sit right beside them. The figures will stay with us in London for 12 weeks ONLY, until 11th July, before embarking on a tour that will then visit Madame Tussauds New York and Sydney with more locations to be announced.
The boys were treated to a sneak peek of their finished wax figures at a secret viewing on Tuesday this week, before their latest gig in Nottingham. The boys were stunned by the likeness as they came face-to-face with their amazingly lifelike wax figures for the first time, 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 overwhelmed by the experience, Liam said "This is definitely a privilege, getting a wax figure" and Harry agreed "It's amazing and such an honour".
Get next to the 1D boys
The group become the first boy band to be created by the legendary celebrity hot spot since The Beatles' figures in 1964. We have created a special themed area where fans can immerse themselves in a whole world of One Direction from today. Most importantly they will be able to sit down right next to their heroes’ wax figures, look deep into their eyes and ruffle their hair.
Each band member gave two sittings where 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. Finally, the boys personal hair stylist Louise Teasdale made the final checks and amends to the figures’ hair to ensure total authenticity. 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.
The outfits were donated by the group, who sit casually together on a school-style double bench where fans can also sit right beside them. They are dressed in their smart casual, colour co-ordinated stage style.
The tour kicks off at Madame Tussauds London today and will remain in the attraction until 11 July 2013. US fans can see the figures at Madame Tussauds New York from 19 July 2013 where they will remain until 11 October 2013. And then it's on to Australia where the figures will reach Sydney on 24 October 2013 for a three month stay ending on 28 January 2014. Extra tour dates will be announced in the future.
Fans can see exactly how each figure was made, watch exclusive interviews with the boys and also book to meet the new One Direction figures, at www.madametussauds.com/1D.