Madame Tussauds Recreates Famous Star Wars Scenes With Wax Figures
The new exhibit opens May 16
It takes about four months for the Madame Tussauds crew to create life-like wax figures of people. But when you’re recreating entire scenes from Star Wars, including characters like Jabba the Hutt and Chewbacca, it’s a completely different story.
Around 180 wax sculptors, hair stylists and set and prop designers spent more than a year designing the 11 scenes that make up the new Star Wars exhibit, opening May 16 in London, The Guardian reports. The museum says the figures are worth close to $4 million U.S. (or £2.5 million). It took 10 people 1,000 hours to make Chewbacca with yak hair, while Jabba the Hutt’s massive size meant the team had to build the 485-pound alien sculpture in a warehouse. Sculptors even traveled to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to measure Princess Leia’s iconic bikini.
“We approached Lucas[film] to say we want to create an experience that’s never been done before,” general manager Ben Sweet said.