Transformers Statues: Bigger and Better Than You Can Imagine
I gotta say, from now on, I think I might only write about awesome things. First, it was the Marvel Monstergeddon monster truck rally coming in 2012, and now it’s this: A Thailand-based artist has created faithful representations of the Transformers that are up to 18 feet in height. Wired just ran an article about these sculptures and their creator Anchalee Saengtai. (They’ve got a couple more pictures to check out as well) I have to say, these things are more amazing than you or I could ever have imagined.
If you’re like me, after first seeing these things you’re thinking first “Oh my God, this is the most incredible thing ever. How have I not known about it?!?,” followed then by “How the holy hell do I get one for myself?!?” I’m sorry, but I do not have any viable way for you to in fact buy one of these amazing Transformers, unless you are incredibly rich. (If you are incredibly rich and you would like to buy me one, I’ll gladly take that Optimus Prime over there in that photo)
Depending on where you are in the world though, you might be able to see one of these bad boys in the coming months. How, you might be asking? Well, the fine folks of Ripley’s Believe It or Not have commissioned Ms. Saengtai for a total of eight Autobots and Decepticons, which will roll out (pun very much intended) over the course of the next few months. In addition to a Bumblebee statue at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in San Antonio, Texas and the aforementioned Optimus Prime (at Ripley’s Odditorium in San Francisco) throughout the summer Anchalee Saengtai’s sculptures are going to start appearing at Ripley’s Odditoriums (their pun, not mine!) in New York City, London, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Jeju Island, South Korea; and later this year two jumbo Autobots (it’s as of yet unrevealed which ones) are slated to arrive at the Hollywood Odditorium.
“It’s unbelievable how the artist was able to take old car parts and literally transform them into a vivid replica of Bumblebee,” said Michael Hirsch, who runs the Times Square Ripley’s where Bumblebee has been chillin’ since his unveiling yesterday. I gotta agree. Bumblebee, on the smaller side at only eight feet tall has arms and legs that can move and breaks the scale at over 1000 pounds. Yikes.
With locations all around the country and the world, I kind of feel like it’s every nerd’s responsibility to make a pilgrimage and see one of these things live and up close. Bring your camera and your energon cubes.