Madame Tussauds Pays Tribute To King Kong

New attraction boasts features an 18-ft tall roaring animatronic Kong head

Published: 17 March 2017, Text by: Richard Augustin

Madame Tussauds New York and Madame Tussauds London in partnership with Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures have officially unleashed KONG: Skull Island, an all-new, multi-sensory experience based on the blockbuster film.  

The iconic Times Square attraction now offers its intrepid guests the one-of-a-kind chance to fully immerse themselves in the film's environment, take a journey through the jungle and come face to face with an over 18-foot tall animatronic head of mythical monster … if they dare.

Visitors will quickly forget that they are in the middle of Manhattan, as they become entirely immersed in the tropical jungle of Skull Island. Journeying through bamboo, foliage and vines, they will encounter the first ever wax likeness of British actor Tom Hiddleston, portraying the film's heroic Captain James Conrad. Well equipped with binoculars, a holster and gun, the figure was styled with the help of Legendary Pictures film stylists to perfectly portray the brave and resilient character.

Evading the traps of a colossal Mother Long-Legs spider, visitors will come face-to face with the over eighteen-foot, monstrous animatronic Kong head – a first for the iconic wax brand. True to the scale of beast portrayed in the film, the head took a team of 33 artists over 72 days to build.

Weighing in at over 3,000 lbs, it required over 350 square feet of specialist faux hair and took approximately four weeks to hand paint. Each movement of the head, eyes and lips use state-of-the-art pneumatic controls, designed specifically for this figure. The system precisely controls the pressure and flow of air to recreate life like facial movements, grunts, snorts and roars made by the ferocious beast.  Guests will feel the intensity and the power of this monstrous animal, with every step they take.

KONG: Skull Island is a permanent addition to Madame Tussauds New York and is included in the price of regular admission.

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