Star Wars interactive experience at Madame Tussauds

Star Wars invades Madame Tussauds

Wax figures of Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader brought to life ahead of new film's release

If waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is leaving you in a deep state of anxiety, take a deep breath: Madame Tussauds has the perfect solution for you. The museum's new interactive Star Wars exhibition is a loving and intricate recreation of some the most memorable scenes from the saga, allowing fans to see up-close the wax figures of Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt, and take home souvenir selfies.

The exhibition was no easy job: 180 sculptors, hair stylists, colourists, designers and prop-makers took more than a year to complete 16 characters, re-enact 11 famous scenes and make sure no detail was left out.

'A figure would normally take around four months to make … the bigger figures such as the gargantuan Jabba the Hutt took a little bit longer and we did have to create him in a warehouse,' says general manager Ben Sweet. Chewbacca took artists nearly 1000 hours to make.

'But this experience is about much more than the figures,' he continues. 'Guests will be able to step right into an atmospheric recreation of Yoda's swamp like Luke Skywalker did in The Empire Strikes Back and see the fiery lava of Mustafar as Anakin turns to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith. Guests will become truly immersed in the films in a new and exciting way.'

So if London is your local 'hood or one of your stops during the summer, here's a great chance to immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe, before JJ Abrams expands the universe later this year with The Force Awakens, scheduled to hit the cinemas 18 Dec.

Excited? Check out some more images below, and may the force be with you.

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds opens Sat 16 May in London.

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Interactive Star Wars Experience

You don't have to go to a galaxy far far away to have an immersive Star Wars experience – Madam Tussauds is all over it. This new exhibition features life-like wax figures of the characters and walk-in sets. Princess Leia hair optional (although yes, you probably could pull it off).