It takes many weeks of work to produce a wax figure at the famous Madame Tussauds, as Benedict Cumberbatch shows while sitting in for Madame Tussauds London. Here in Singapore, a number of well-known personalities in sports and showbiz went through a similar process before the wax museum opened in Sentosa in October 2014.
Among the more than 60 wax figures on display are models of international celebrities as well. Check out the highlights:
1. Take a boat ride
Singapore is the first among Madame Tussauds' worldwide museums to feature a waterboat ride. The ride, known as ‘Spirit of Singapore’, takes visitors through other attractions found in the city, from Marina Bay Sands resort to the Formula One night race.
2. Join the A-list party
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie | Photo: inSing
Andy Lau | Photo: inSing
Tom Cruise | Photo: inSing
At the most exclusive part of the exhibition, you will be able to take selfies with Tom Cruise and "hang out" with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie without having to jostle with their bodyguards.
3. Pit yourself against world-class athletes
David Beckham | Photo: inSing
Yao Ming | Photo: inSing
If you are game, "have a match" against the sporting heroes. Do sit-ups with David Beckham, shoot hoops with 2m-tall Yao Ming, or take to the ring with Muhammad Ali.
4. “Ready… action!”
Audrey Hepburn | Photo: inSing
Gurmit Singh as sitcom character Phua Chu Kang | Photo: inSing
Step into a studio with Hollywood legends, or imagine you are in a scene with Channel 8 actress Zoe Tay. Or if you prefer to sit in the director’s chair, that is not a problem.
5. Groove among music’s greats
Michael Jackson | Photo: inSing
Beyonce | Photo: inSing
Get your diaphragm moving to sing catchy pop tunes with Taylor Swift, dance with Beyonce or strike a pose with Michael Jackson. If you’re into Chinese R&B, Jay Chou is there, too, waiting for you.
Singapore singers Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin have their own spots. Find out what Lin said when his figure was unveiled.
6. Rub shoulders with political leaders
Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and late wife Kwa Geok Choo | Photo: inSing
You don’t have to wait till National Day to wave to the political heavyweights who have shaped or are shaping Singapore. Join in a debate with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at his desk, or if that is too taxing for you, there is a garden where you may meet with smiling dignitaries – former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his late wife. No, of course the senior leader did not sit for hours to let sculptors press his face. The couple's wax figures were made based on photos.
US president Barack Obama | Photo: inSing
Mao Ze Dong | Photo: inSing
Madame Tussauds Singapore | Address: 40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout Sentosa | Opening hours: Daily 10am-9pm; last admission at 7.30pm | Tickets: $30 (adult), $20 (child), $27 (senior citizens and students)