Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Chinese Obsession with Transformer Autobots

By Asia Pop Culture

ECNS.CN reports that a mechanic in Zhejiang assembled a giant 6.5 meter tall, 3.7 ton transformer robot statue.  The guy built it in 3 months with thousands of auto parts and scraps.  Now the statue sits front and center at his own auto repair shop.

If you think this is pretty big, tall and heavy already, think again. There was an Optimus Prime model built back in 2011 at 11 meters high and 21-ton.  Most recently, it was reported just last month that a father-and-son team in southeastern China have started creating enormous recycled Transformer robot sculptures from scrap car parts that they’ve been selling for more than 1 million yuan (more than $160,000) a year (what a shocker, guess people are buying these giant autobot models for curb appeal?)

China Daily reported last year that because of the huge success of the film Transformers: Age of Extinction n China, there's a group of Chinese farmers quit fields just to build giant Transformers models (Beijing may have a heart attack if this trend spreads throughout the nation). Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the highest grossing movie of all time in China.  So that may explain this weird enthusiasm and obsession over those autobots.  By that logic, I wonder when we might see models built for X-Men and Captain America since both movies also enjoyed high box office in China?    

One thing for sure is that the Transformer franchise already has a lock on the huge China market, securing funding for endless sequels will be 閒話一句, and Mark Wahlberg has secured a steady income stream for his retirement net egg.    

Top 5 films in China in 2014

1 Transformers: Age of Extinction (US) $222.7m (£130m)

2 The Monkey King (China) $178m

3 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (US) $127m

4 X-Men: Days of Future Past (US) $115m

5 Dad! Where are We Going? (China) $104m