I had seen things about Madame Tussauds in other parts of the world and was always amazed at the life like figures, so thought it would be a fun place to go to. I didn't realise though how awesome it would actually be.
I was expecting to walk in and just see a big room full of figures. I expected to ooh and aaah over them and to be amazed, but it was so much better than I expected.
There were many different rooms with different themes from world leaders, sporting legends, music superstars, TV and film stars, historical figures, our cultural heritage, and a room dedicated to showing how Madame Tussauds came about.
I expected that we would be told to put our camera away and that we would have to buy over priced 'professional' photos at certain areas, but was so happy to see that you could take photos anywhere and everywhere, you could actually touch the figures and the best (and funnest!) part was that there were props provided and you could actually dress up and each area had interactive parts.
The boys loved that they could get involved and dress up and loved that there was so much to do.
The figures are so life like. You can see each pore of their skin, each hair is real and inserted strand by strand and the eyes are made from acrylic glass to match the eyes exactly of the model. It was awesome to stand next to each model and see exactly how tall or short they are, and to see the frame of their bodies. Some of them were so tiny (like Kylie Minogue) and others were huge (like Nelson Mandella).
The world leaders room.
The part with the Oval Office looked awesome. Harri sat there forever pretending he was on the phone, making a very important phone call.
The Queen gave up her throne for us.
Harri had to make a very important announcement with Prime Minister Julie Gillard. It's obviously a good one as she looks pretty happy about it.
The sporting section was really fun with lost of things to do. The boys loved being able to play tennis with Lleyton Hewitt, play golf with Greg Norman, stand on the Olympic podium with Dawn Fraser, play cricket with Shane Warne, hold the Olympic torch with Cathy Freemon and even got to sit in a replica section of an F1 car with Mark Webber.
One of our favourite sections was the music section.
The boys were SO excited to be next to their idol Michael Jackson (Harri really wasn't grumpy - that was just his serious posing face all day :)
I've got chills, they're multiplying!
The boys loved the movie section and were so excited to see Iron Man and Wolverine.
It was fun being able to jump in an be interviewed by Rove and Oprah. We were even up on the TV screens.
Don't you love Kobe's wave! It's like he's the Queen or something.
The cultural heritage and heroes of our time room was really fun.
It was amazing to learn how the figures we made. Each figure is made after meeting with the celebrity (where possible) and taking over 150 photos of them. 300 measurements are taken and over 20 artists are involved in making each one, costing around $220,000 each! The celebrities even donate their own clothing for their wax figures.
The figures were so lifelike that just for a second you would forget that they were figures and would feel nervous being so close to them, or looking into their eyes.