Madame Tussauds, the home of the wax recreations of the famous, now showcases a new exhibition set in a galaxy far far away. John went along for a closer look.
The famous Madame Tussauds first established itself in London’s Baker Street in 1835. Ever since then the general public have been visiting the establishment ever since to view the ever so lifelike recreations in wax of the famous, be it from history, music, film or sport.
Recently I took a trip up to London to see their latest exhibition all based upon the Star Wars saga. Here you will find ten recreations of iconic Star Wars moments for you to view. Thankfully, all but two of these recreations are from the original trilogy which I think will maximize its appeal.
This was the first time I had visited the attraction and what took me by surprise is the fact that you can get up close to these wax recreations. As soon as you enter the first section comprising of movie stars, you’ll see people everywhere having their photo’s taken with their favorite movie icons. There’s no restrictions!
We were short on time but I managed to get photo’s with E.T., Bruce Willis and a few others before we moved along to the Marvel SuperHeroes 4D attraction. This is a short computer animated film where Iron Man, Wolverine, Captain America and Spider-Man save London from the dastardly plans of Dr. Doom.
This was a very entertaining piece for all ages. The film is tagged as 4D, meaning there are moments in the film where you are sprayed with water, air or the seat vibrates to emulate the actions on the big screen, drawing you into the adventure.
Keeping the cinema dark, a lone Jedi walked into the cinema and lit his lightsaber, informing that those who wish to see the Star Wars exhibition must leave by a certain exit. I know I’m a grown man but it did raise my excitement levels a little, wondering what i was going to see.
After walking down a short corridor of a New Republic cruiser, planets and stars visible from the view ports, you come to the first of the Star Wars waxworks. Arguably the best moment of The Phantom Menace.
(NOTE: All pictures were taken without flash to preserve the mood lighting in the setups. Also there were many other people there)
As you can see the likeness on these sculpts were truly brilliant. Next up around the corner was the only other prequel trilogy piece, this time from ‘Revenge of the Sith’.
Around the corner the original Star Wars trilogy came into play and I posed with a smuggler at the local cantina.
I wanted to pose like Greedo on the other side of the table but there’s no room unfortunately as right next to this was C3-PO and R2-D2. Not actually waxworks because their robots, but as close as you can probably get to seeing the real thing.
But what’s a smuggler without his Wookie! Here you could sit next to Chewie in the Millenium Falcon’s cockpit and tell him to, “Punch it!”
Here’s a closer look at the “walking carpet”.
After gingerly walking past two classic storm troopers we made our way into the forest of Dagobah.
Here you can sit next to Yoda on his log and ask him about Midi-chlorians.
Then onto one of my favorite recreations. The climatic battle between father and son from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. You can also have your photograph done professionally here (for an extra cost). The photographer laughed at my pose. When I inquired as to why, it seemed many people don’t remember the film and just reach out for Vader like two people trying to hold hands!
Unfortunately I don’t have a decent photo of the largest set which was of Jabba the Hutt on his throne accompanied by Princess Leia as a slave girl. Again this was also available to be photographed professionally.
Finally we came to the last set up which until ‘The Force Awakens’ in December 2015 is the final moment of the Star Wars saga. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker duel it out with lightsabers whilst the Emperor looks on.
This lead to the exit of Madame Tussaud’s itself and we found ourselves in the daylight of central London.
I have to admit being a little disappointed on the whole, perhaps I was expecting something more, especially as an extra £3 is charged for entry to the Star Wars exhibit. As an extra to visiting Madame Tussauds it was good but I can’t recommend seeing it just for the Star Wars section alone.
To find out more, visit The Official Madame Tussaud’s Star Wars web site.