Closer to the stars

A new in­ter­ac­tive wax mu­seum called Red Car­pet 2@i-City al­lows vis­i­tors to go be­hind a vel­vet rope.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Front Page - By TER­ENCE TOH star2@thes­tar.com.my

BEY­ONCE stands in one cor­ner of the hall, ready to dance. Nearby, Madonna pre­pares to sing a song, with Tay­lor Swift ac­com­pa­ny­ing her on the gui­tar. Get­ting to them, one passes Asian pop sen­sa­tion Jay Chou, look­ing as stoic as ever, and Katy Perry, who smiles at you from the gi­ant clam she is sit­ting in.

Is this the con­cert of the year? An awards show most mor­tals can only dream of at­tend­ing? No, it’s a scene from one of the many rooms of Red Car­pet 2@i-City, a soonto-be opened in­ter­ac­tive wax mu­seum at the i-City en­ter­tain­ment park in Shah Alam.

The at­trac­tion is an ex­ten­sion of the Red Car­pet, Malaysia’s first home-grown in­ter­ac­tive wax mu­seum, which is lo­cated at a dif­fer­ent part of i-City.

“Red Car­pet 2 is go­ing to be a lot big­ger, brighter and a lot more ex­cit­ing. You can ac­tu­ally ex­pect to see more char­ac­ters and icons, rang­ing from lead­ers of the tech in­dus­try, world lead­ers, and head of states. And if you’re more of a movie buff, you ac­tu­ally see a lot of movie char­ac­ters here!” says Tang Soke Cheng, i-Ber­had in­for­ma­tion man­ager, at a re­cent me­dia pre­view.

“Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Red Car­pet 1, what you can ex­pect here is a lot more in­ter­ac­tion. You’ll get to see a lot more scenes de­pict­ing a char­ac­ter. You’ll be able to en­joy your­self and spend an evening meet­ing up to a hun­dred char­ac­ters!”

Vis­i­tors to Red Car­pet 2 can have a grand time tak­ing pho­tos with around 100 wax fig­ures, spread over the mu­seum’s two floors, which oc­cupy over 2,787sq m. Ever wanted a selfie with Jackie Chan or The Rock?

Get the next best thing here: it’s far cheaper than a ticket to Hol­ly­wood!

Red Car­pet 2@i-City is di­vided into 10 sec­tions, each with a spe­cific theme. Vis­i­tors can take their pick of Su­per­heroes, K-Pop icons, the Roy­alty, Sci-Fi and Mag­i­cal stars, His­tor­i­cal fig­ures, Cor­po­rate Movers and Tech Giants, Os­car stars and more!

There are even a few fairy­tale char­ac­ters for the very young ones. The first Red Car­pet is di­vided into World Icons, Celebri­ties, World Book of Records, In­ter­ac­tive and Leg­end sec­tions.

If any­thing, this mu­seum caters to lo­cal tastes, with Korean, Tai­wanese and Chi­nese stars, among oth­ers, mak­ing ap­pear­ances along­side Western icons. Cap­tain Yoo Si Jin from TV se­ries De­scen­dants Of The Sun is here for ex­am­ple, look­ing sharp in his mil­i­tary fa­tigues. All fig­ures are cre­ated by the same in­ter­na­tional com­pany be­hind Red Car­pet 1. Part of the fun of the at­trac­tion is com­par­ing how sim­i­lar the real-life per­son­al­i­ties look to their wax dop­pel­gangers. For many, the re­sem­blance is truly un­canny!

Ac­cord­ing to Tang, the suc­cess of the first Red Car­pet, which proved pop­u­lar with

in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, led to the con­struc­tion of Red Car­pet 2.

This mu­seum is also an ex­ten­sion of a new phase of i-City’s de­vel­op­ment.

“Red Car­pet 2 will be the an­chor for some new at­trac­tions lead­ing to the Cen­tral i-City shop­ping mall that is slated to open in Oc­to­ber next year. Ex­pect a few more out­door at­trac­tions to be com­ing,” says Tang.

She adds that Red Car­pet 2 was de­vel­oped with the lessons of the orig­i­nal Red Car­pet in mind. “We wanted to main­tain the orig­i­nal park as it is, as there are still some very pop­u­lar char­ac­ters there. We didn’t just want to do an ex­ten­sion, we wanted to bring a brand new ex­pe­ri­ence to the masses,” ex­plains Tang.

“Red Car­pet 2 has a brand new build-up, with dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, dif­fer­ent scenery and dif­fer­ent photo op­por­tu­ni­ties from the first Red Car­pet. Yes, there might be a few char­ac­ters here you may have seen from the first Red Car­pet, but here, they might be in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion, or be seen from a dif­fer­ent time or era of their lives. Some of them may be a bit younger here! It’s a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The mu­seum has both in­door and out­door zones.

The out­door zone, which hosts the Wizard­ing World and Su­per­heroes sec­tions, is open to the pub­lic for free.

Cer­tain parts of the at­trac­tion have in­ter­ac­tive en­vi­ron­ments, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to re­ally get cre­ative with their pho­tos.

The sec­tion fea­tur­ing the ac­tion stars of

The Expendables, for ex­am­ple, has been made up to look like a war zone, while com­edy lovers can hop on a bi­cy­cle to take a ride with Mr Bean. Or you can pull up a chair and have a deep dis­cus­sion on cur­rent is­sues with your favourite leader at his or her desk. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are lim­it­less!

“It’s a fun fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence. It tells sto­ries, and in­creases your cu­rios­ity. Par­ents can bring their chil­dren and up­date them on who a fig­ure is, and what they did. Bring your cam­era! And no mat­ter what you like, you’ll find some­thing for you here,” prom­ises Tang.

Red Car­pet 2@i-City’s of­fi­cial open­ing, of­fi­ci­ated by the Min­is­ter of Tourism and Cul­ture Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz, is on Aug 15. En­try passes are at RM150 (adult) and RM100 (child) for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors and RM100 (adult) and RM50 (child) for Malaysians. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ic­ity.my or call 03-5521 8866.

— M. AZHAR ARIF/The Star

A vis­i­tor checks out his pho­tos of wax fig­ures of Mark Zucker­berg (left) and Bill Gates at Red Car­pet 2@i-City in Shah Alam.

— Pho­tos: M. AZHAR ARIF/The Star

A strik­ingly re­al­is­tic wax fig­ure of Chi­nese ac­tress Zhang Ziyi, from the movie House Of Fly­ing Dag­gers.

If you come by your­self, you could get a beau­ti­ful stranger to take a photo of you with these fig­ures of Madonna (left) and Tay­lor Swift. It could lead to a love story. To get so close to this fig­ure of Jackie Chan, don’t visit dur­ing rush hour.

Nel­son Man­dela is one of the prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal fig­ures at the mu­seum.

Life is like a box of choco­lates. You never know when you might get Mr Bean and For­rest Gump in the same room again!

There are a lot of no­table fig­ures at this show, but this one re­ally Trumps them all.

Will Smith, al­ways the debonair per­son­al­ity ... even in wax.

The right an­gle can make a Stark dif­fer­ence when pos­ing with this fig­ure of Iron Man.

If you think there are none of the X-Men here, then well, you don’t know Jack, man.

Would you take a photo with this fig­ure of Justin Bieber? Never say never.

See­ing some of your favourite char­ac­ters, like Harry Pot­ter here, is a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

Do these wax fig­ures of Les­lie Cheung and Anita Mui seem happy to­gether?

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