At least that’s who I’m guessing they are from having watched Monkey the TV Series – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_(TV_series) and it seems there is a whole Chinese story behind them.
Pleased with myself on this one for being informed about who the figures are.
Hopefully my resident Asian culture expert will be able to verify this. He’s been very helpful in filling in the gaps.
(c) Don Charisma, taken in Thailand Nov-2013