There is more to the success of the Transformers film series in China than meets the eye. Michael Bay’s movies have not only amassed a huge Chinese fan base, but have also inspired budding engineers across the country to construct hundreds of full-size Autobots.
Based on the toys created by Hasbro and Tomy in the 1980s, Transformers have surged in popularity over the past decade. Transformers: Age of Extinction, (2014), the franchise’s latest instalment, became the first movie in China to gross more than US$300 million.
Earlier this week, Hasbro signed a deal with US-China based film studio DMG Entertainment to create Transformers Live. Set to open in China in 2017, the live action attraction will use robotics technology, projections systems and aerial stunts to bring the transforming robots to life.
Whether any of China’s growing army of DIY Transformers will be recruited for the show remains to be seen. Take a look at some of the impressive creations below.
None of the self-made creations featured so far have been able to boast movement, but that is about to change with this Transformer completed last November in Zhengzhou, Henan Province.
Inspired by the popular character Bumblebee, the 12-metre tall and 22 tonne bot took three men five months to build. However, it was time well spent because it can twist its head, flash lights, make sounds and create steam.