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The Hobby Guy

June 14th, 2007 at 1:31 am

Transformers Are Real and From Japan

On July 4, 2007 Transformers The Movie will open to summer movie audiences across the US and is set to be the summer blockbuster of summer blockbusters. Like many, I grew up with Transformers on TV and watched the original Tranformers Movie in 1986. The upcoming movie pulls out all the CGI and special effect stops and should delight an entire generation of people who have waited to see their Transformer heroes and villains on the big screen again.

While watching the movie trailer I recalled all the afternoons after school I spent watching Transformers on TV and rooting for the Autobots to destroy the Decepticons. Usually when the show was over I would wonder how could I build a robot like the Transformers. It was always more of a childhood fantasy, but the thought of building humanoid style transforming robots has been pursued for years by many people. In 2002 came along Robo-One from Japan and the dreams of many became reality and a whole world of hobby humanoid robotics was born in what seems to be life imitating art imitating life scenario.

If you never heard of Robo One, I suggest you check out sites like Robot-Dreams which does a great job of covering the Robo-One scene from Japan. If you want to build you own transforming robot, check out Trossen Robotics. On The Hobby Guy video section there is a whole playlist dedicated to Robo-One and you will be amazed at some of the robots that people have created.

In the Transformers Movie there is a scene in the trailer where Optimus Prime transforms in front of the main human characters and the guy explains it to his girlfriend as “Its a robot, you know like a super advanced robot. Its probably Japanese.” – Oh how right he is!


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