The passion for the robot characters is not only typical of Japan and is not limited to Gundam or to “ufo robots” of the Eighties’ manga. In China, for instance, for some time now is considered cool to create replicas, more or less loyal, of Transformers, Marvel characters created inspired by the same name toys initially produced by the Japanese Takara/Tomi (initially included in the Microman line) and then by the Us Hasbro (to which is due the name Transformers).
Already proposed as well as comics, cartoons and video games, the Tranformers after nearly two decades of oblivion are back among the most beloved by the world public thanks to a successful film franchise that for the moment has produced four films: Transformers, in 2007, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in 2009, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in 2011, and Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014. Altogether the franchisee so far grossed over 3.76 billion dollars, having cost 755 million in total, but a fifth movie, which like the previous four will be directed by Michael Bay, is already planned for 2016.
Chinese seem to have taken terribly seriously these characters: after the success of the fourth movie (that in China alone grossed over 300 million dollars, surpassing even Avatar on the list of highest grossing of all time) last Summer a group of farmers and workers of Xiaoye (a village in the Shandong province) leaded by Wang Shizun reproduced Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and many of their opponents Decepticons starting from scratch using old machines pieces. It was necessary to work very hard, but it seems that the replicas (genuine works of of modern art) are then resold at prices between 1,600 and 16,000 dollars each.
Then there were further developments: a few days ago the British press reported that another farmer, Yu Zhilin, who along with his son Yu Lingyun live in Hengyang, in Hunan province, have created two other great replicas of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, they say after downloading from the web construction instructions, always extracting them from scrap metal and parts of old cars, selling them for 1 million reminbi (equivalent to about 160,000 dollars).
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