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Chinese farmers make 'Transformers' out of used cars

Published on Mar 27, 2014 8:33 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A group of farmers in rural China have brought to life the "Transformers" films, toys and TV series by building giant robots out of old car parts.

The Transformers toys, which were a huge hit with children in the 1980s, could be turned from cars into robots and back again. Their popularity spawned a hit television show, and more recently, the movie franchise.

In Shandong province, the toys have inspired farmers to come up with a range of towering creations, including some in the red and blue colours of Optimus Prime, the leader of the benevolent Autobots.

Others are in bright yellow - like the famous Bumblebee character adored by young fans. Some of the robots are crafted from the grey metal of the evil Decepticons.

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