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04/09/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Sci-fi marine Master Chief from the Xbox 360's Halo game is the first video game character to be enshrined in Madame Tussauds. The life-sized figure of Halo's Master Chief was revealed to the world by bass player Pete Wentz of lad band Fall Out Boy at an official unveiling ceremony this Saturday.

"For me, the launch of Halo 3 will be the entertainment event of the year. It will be as big as or bigger than any of the summer's movie blockbusters," Wentz told "Master Chief is as much of a hero today as characters like Spiderman, Frodo and Luke Skywalker were for previous generations."

The figure was created at the Madame Tussauds Studios in London. Master Chief stands at 7'2" tall, with an approximate finished weight of 275 lbs. A total of 10 studio artists worked on the figure, dedicating an estimated 892 man-hours for the finalisation of the stoic far-future soldier. Total man-hours included 687 hours for sculpting, 168 hours for molding, and 37 hours for painting. Materials included over 1,000 pounds of clay.

"Master Chief is the first computer gaming personality immortalised by Madame Tussauds in our 250 year history - recognising the 'celebrity' of the Halo series that we had to capture", added Adrian Jones over at Madame Tussauds.

Visitors to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas will have the opportunity to see the figure up close before the game release for Halo 3, scheduled for September 25th 2007.

Master Chief will, we are told, be stationed at the attraction's front entrance area.

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