Face the King: Kong Skull Island Experience

Face the King: Kong Skull Island Experience


English Title

Face the King - Feel The Roar in the new Kong: Skull Island experience at Madame Tussauds


Wax Museum Exhibit
March 7th, 2017

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Timed with the theatrical release of Kong: Skull Island (2017), the Face the King exhibit opened in March of 2017 at Madame Tussauds. The Madame Tussauds locations with Face the King include both New York and London. The exhibit is included with general admission into the wax museum.

The star attraction of Face the King is an over 5.5 meters (18 feet), animatronic head of King Kong. This is stated to be built to scale. The head weighs over 1.5 tons and uses air pushed through pneumatic cylinders to achieve movement. This powers primarily mouth movements, as the giant ape animatronic can move its upper and lower lip area. In the attraction, Kong is also able to both roar and his eyes will follow guests as they move around. Eye movement is achieved through laser radar, controlling the 56 centimeter (22 inches) wide eyes.

In addition to Kong, two other aspects of the movie are included in the exhibit. One is a life-like wax figure of tracker James Conrad, played by actor Tom Hiddleston. The other element is the addition of a Mother Longlegs spider. The large spider sits perched 10 feet above attendees, thanks to its giant legs.

Below is a promotional video for the exhibit for the London location:

Background and Trivia

  • The King Kong head was built by a team of 33 artists and engineers and took 75 days to complete. The finished product was the largest animatronic to date at any of the Madame Tussauds locations. This fact is noted on the official Madame Tussauds Twitter account.
  • On the official site for the New York exhibit, the experience is touted as featuring the "largest animatronic in New York City" in the form of the King Kong head.
  • The official site for the London exhibit notes that Kong's roar is the sound of a Boeing 737 about to land and releases 240 pounds of high pressure air in four seconds.
  • It took over 200 measurements of actor Tom Hiddleston to create the wax figure of James Conrad. This detail was mentioned on the New York Madame Tussauds Twitter account.
  • The sets and Mother Longlegs were created by Czinkota Studios Ltd, as noted on their website.
  • To promote the attraction, a limited time Snapchat filter was introduced on April 1st, 2017. The filter replaced the individual with a picture of King Kong, although lined up with the lips and eyes of the person that shown through. This was announced on the Madame Tussauds New York Facebook account.