'Bang on' One Direction waxwork figures unveiled


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Fans will have more chances to meet their One Direction idols one way or another after new wax figures were unveiled today.

The likenesses have taken months of work by Madame Tussauds sculptors and stylists, and even the chart-topping group were impressed by the results.

After being introduced to their doubles, Zayn Malik said: "They look wicked, they're bang on."

Around 60 devotees of the group - whose hits include "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Live While We're Young" - were on hand to see the models unveiled at the London attraction today.

They will be there for 12 weeks before emulating the real-life boy band and heading off on a world tour, visiting New York, Sydney and other locations yet to be announced.

The group themselves were given a sneak peek at the finished models earlier this week, with Niall Horan taken aback by the experience.

"This is weird - he's wearing my actual shoes," he said.

And heart-throb Harry Styles said: "It's amazing and such an honour."

One Direction topped the charts for a third time last month with their Comic Relief single "One Way Or Another".

Friends Ruby Yeomans and Jodie Wells, both 16 and from Essex, won a competition to be the first fans to see the waxworks today. They described themselves as "crazy" fans and said they camped outside the O2 Arena to get tickets to see the boyband on tour - and even ran on stage during Comic Relief to get close to the boys.

Ruby said: "It was really good because all their clothes are their own - we were one of the first people to touch them and everything. It was really good. It's quite scary how realistic they are."

Jodie said: "They are so realistic. We were expecting to be like, 'Oh they're not that good', because we know how they look exactly. But they're literally exactly the same. The tattoos and everything - it's so detailed."

She added: "Harry is my favourite in the band, but I think Louis's is the most realistic."