Nicky is obsessed with all kinds of vehicles and cars have always been his first love. He also has a thing for lego and building things so the Transformers Animatronics was an opportunity to experience the transformers right up close and personal.
The first part of the exhibit consists of models of the transformers, together with information on their characters. You can meet all your favourite characters, good and bad, (Autobots and Decepticons) and read on the screens about what vehicle they transform from.
Nicky was very intrigued about the ones that come from fire engines and helicopters. (This one he is standing in front of is called “Heatwave” who originates from a fire engine). They are “Rescue Bots”.
We met Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in person and took some pics on top of a truck (which I think represents Optimus Prime). Bubblebee comes from a yellow beetle car.
The sculptures are scaled between 2m and 11m, and other statues varying in size – all made from re-used car parts, metal and other repurposed materials.
The exhibition’s scale is fairly impressive. A minimum of 2,500 sqm of floor space is needed over a 20-day build-up to build the sculptures, displayed against the scenery of the legendary planet, Cybertron, all brought to life through performance technology.
After we looked at all the models there was a cinema style section where you could watch a 20 minute Transformers program. They also had some snacks on sale so we watched while chomping on popcorn and cooldrinks.
After this there was a play area with food stalls, which Nicky enjoyed immensely. He loves making lego houses at the moment so that’s what he did with the Duplo blocks. They also had these huge rubber lego blocks and Nicky built his own transformer.
At the tables they had paper and crayons where you could rub impressions of your favourite transformer. Nicky said he wanted a “race car” so I found one and pointed out the “boosters” which he likes at the moment (a link to his other obsession, space rockets!)
After this we headed home, having spent an hour and a half at the venue. But it could have been longer if we had eaten lunch there (they had hotdogs and burgers and other such fare).
He fell asleep on the way home and later that afternoon while I was washing dishes and he was munching leftover popcorn, he told me all about the Transformers. He also likes the fact that the bad Transformer (Megatron) can transform into a boat. And he spoke about how they went flying into space. (A very realistic and heated re-entry in the film by Optimus Prime)
A super morning out, thanks Atmosphere PR! For more information you can visit this site.