Monsters Getting Real at Madame Tussauds in Shanghai

Song and Wuba meet Jing Boran

You know you’re somebody when you show up in an exhibit at Madame Tussauds.

“Meeting my son Wuba again in such and unusual circumstance makes this Spring Festival a special one for me,” said Jing Boran the actor who first brought Song Tianyin to life in Monster Hunt.

The popular attraction kicked China’s Spring Festival off early unveiling wax figures of the stars of the fantasy comedy films Monster Hunt and Monster Hunt 2. Actor Jing Boran and director Raman Hui were on hand for the big reveal at Madame Tussauds Shanghai this weekend.

The figures of Song Tianyin and Wuba are the first in a new generation of interactive wax figures for Madame Tussauds. Appearing as they do in the movie series, Song and Wuba incorporate many advanced technologies that turn them into even more life-like statues than visitors are familiar with. Behind the eyes of both Song Tianyin and Wuba are high-tech sensors that allow the figure to follow and react (appropriately, we hope!) to the facial expressions of guests. Taking things a step further, Wuba is equipped with a smart facial recognition system allowing him to analyze facial characteristics as well as expressions and fine tune his responses to those around him. The Monster Hunt figures took more than six months to create in the U.K.

Stars of Monster Hunt 2
From left: Sabrina Pan (MTSH brand representative), Jing Boran (actor) and Raman Hui (Director) mingle with the characters of Monster Hunt at Madame Tussauds Shanghai.

Song and Wuba also represent a first step in a year-long transformation of Madame Tussauds’ popular Movie Zone into a brand new Chinese TV and Film Zone.

Monster Hunt 2 is scheduled to premiere in China during Spring Festival which officially begins on Thursday, February 15, 2018.