I wanted to find out more about these creations so I went to YouTube - gotta love the internet - and I've just spent an entertaining hour or so watching videos of some of the other puppets. As well as the lifelike human figures, the puppets range from the beautiful to the bizarre and many variations in between. There is a definite steampunk feel to some of them like this wonderful elephant, which sprays the unwary with water in the summer (much to the delight of children). Then there's the world's largest walking robot, the fire breathing dragon. The attention to detail adds so much to the realism.
The Royal de Luxe company which made them is French and its workshops are located in Nantes where visitors can see how the puppets are made and operated and watch these spectacular creatures in action. Definitely one for my bucket list.