Dozens of heads of state arrived in town yesterday - many of them leaving the rest of their bodies behind. The dignitaries, an advance guard of the waxwork figures to go on show in the SAR's Madame Tussaud's gallery when it opens next month, included Queen Elizabeth, US President Bill Clinton, Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler. They were among 94 figures brought in from a temporary exhibition in Singapore. The figures, which were also previously on view in Australia, will be given a permanent home at Madame Tussaud's museum on the Peak, scheduled to open early next month. This week museum sculptors will retouch the figures' make-up, set their hair and reassemble them. 'After travelling in boxes for three months, they were not in their best shape when they arrived,' said Madame Tussaud's spokesman Paul Hicks. Explaining why many heads arrived before their bodies, he said the figures had been pulled apart and boxed separately for shipping. 'The heads are shipped together with the hands, while the bodies are in different boxes and the clothes come separately, too.' While most of the sculptures are famous figures from the West, Hong Kong may have to wait to see local celebrities. 'Li Ka-shing and Jackie Chan will be ready at the end of the year because we need at least six months from their sitting sessions,' Mr Hicks said. The figure of kung fu star Bruce Lee will not be ready until August, while President Jiang Zemin will be completed at the end of this month.