This Real-Life Transformer Could Be Yours For $600,000
Are you an action figure Transformers fan? Do you have $600,000 in your pocket to shell out? If yes, then you could probably buy a real-life Transformer for $600,000 and make your dream a reality.
A real-life transformer is up for auction at the Big Boys Toys 2016 exhibition that takes place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi from Wednesday. A BMW 3-series vehicle that transforms into a giant robot will be the star attraction at the event.
Letvision is launching the world’s first Letrons car and leader of the Letrons’ clan, Antimon – a red BMW E92 that turns into a robot in approximately 30 seconds. It’s the work of 12 engineers and 4 technicians from Turkey, who spent 11 months putting their creation together.
“We want to show our power all over the world,” Turgat Alpagot, sales and marketing director for Letrons, the Turkish start-up behind the transformer told CNN. “We think if we do something like this it’ll get great exposure all over the world.”
It won’t come cheap though, the starting bid is expected to be $600,000 for the futuristic mean machine.
“Since it is the first of its kind, we will auction Antimon to any buyer who wants to be the owner of the world’s first transformer,” told Alpagot.
“Bids will start at $600,000, which is the original cost of the car.
“There will be 11 more cars joining this clan soon.”
Antimon will go home with the highest bidder at the end of this week’s Big Boys Toys Exhibition in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
However, the transformer isn’t road ready. Antimon is remote-controlled, with no seats inside and only goes up to a maximum speed of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) per hour. It can fully move its arms, fingers and head in standing position. The Letrons team is hoping that one day they can allow humans operate the robot from the inside.
Letrons hopes Antimon will be the first in a series of 12 transformers. It plans on developing a fleet of transforming cars, similar to Antimon. The new fleet include the current models such as the impressively-named Bizmut, Wolfram, Argon and Tantal.
The Letrons are looking to make these bots road ready. The company is currently seeking for funding from private investors to develop smaller transformers that are more affordable and can be driven on the road.