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Madame Tussauds New York Unveils One Direction Wax Figures, Girls Promptly Burst Into Tears

Madame Tussauds Launches 'Summer of One Direction'
Fans pose with Madame Tussauds wax figures of the globally renowned British pop boy-band sensation, One Direction as they make their debut stateside as "Summer Of One Direction" kicks off at Madame Tussauds New York on July 18, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »A heat wave of epic proportions prevented Madame Tussauds New York from giving their new One Direction wax figurines the big crowd reception they'd planned in Times Square, but it was actually a blessing in disguise: It meant that a few lucky Directioners got to spend some extra time with the boys' impressive likenesses. And they most certainly appreciated it.

"It's all I ever dreamed of!" announced Morgan, an adorable 10-year-old from Washington. "It looks so much like them it's even more exciting."

The figures, first unveiled in London in April, will only be in the United States for a few months before they voyage on to Sydney, Australia in October. The band members were involved in the process, sitting for artists' measurements and even donating their own clothes — a fact that elicited squeals from the young ladies gathered to watch the revealing on Thursday morning.

Several of the girls burst into tears the moment they saw the statues, which sit casually posed atop a set of bleachers. Later, I asked Alex, a 16-year-old from Long Island, if it feels normal to cry over 1D. "For sure," she nodded. "You get so overwhelmed, it just happens."

The girls generally seemed most captivated by the wax figure in Niall Horan's likeness:

Madame Tussauds Launches 'Summer of One Direction'
Fans pose with a Madame Tussauds wax figure of Niall Horan from the globally renowned British pop boy-band sensation, One Direction as "Summer Of One Direction" kicks off at Madame Tussauds New York on July 18, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »Liza, a 14-year-old from Brooklyn, gleefully noted that Liam Payne's figure was created "in that awkward phase after he shaved his head."
Madame Tussauds Launches 'Summer of One Direction'A Madame Tussauds wax figure of Liam Payne from the globally renowned British pop boy-band sensation, One Direction as "Summer Of One Direction" kicks off at Madame Tussauds New York on July 18, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »One of the most excited fans was 13-year-old Victoria of Staten Island. Even before she and the others were led through the museum to the figures' location she was giggling and telling herself, "Don't freak out!"

Pop music has become almost a way of life for Victoria and her mother Kamai, who went to their first concert together — Jesse McCartney — when Victoria was only 5. Last month, the pair waited 9 hours in the rain to see the UK girl group Little Mix at a Walmart in New Jersey. For Victoria's birthday, she got tickets to see One Direction... sometime after she blew out the candles on not one but two One Direction birthday cakes.


(Courtesy Kamai Rymer)She also had a One Direction necklace:

Madame Tussauds Launches 'Summer of One Direction'
A fan shows off her 'One Direction' necklace as Madame Tussauds New York unveils wax figures of the globally renowned British pop boy-band sensation, One Direction as they make their debut stateside as 'Summer Of One Direction' kicks off at Madame Tussauds New York on July 18, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »And a One Direction iPhone cover:

Madame Tussauds Launches 'Summer of One Direction'
A view of atmosphere as Madame Tussauds New York unveils wax figures of the globally renowned British pop boy-band sensation, One Direction as they make their debut stateside as 'Summer Of One Direction' kicks off at Madame Tussauds New York on July 18, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics And she fit right in.

The One Direction wax figures will be on display at Madame Tussauds New York from July 19 through October 11. Find out more on times and tickets at the official web site.

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