Ro­bots in the sky

The au­to­bots and de­cep­ti­cons have taken over the arena of Stars in Gent­ing High­lands.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIVING - By MICHAEL CHEANG star2@thes­

GEN­ER­A­TION One, Ro­bots in Dis­guise, Ar­mada, En­er­gon, Prime, An­i­mated, Ac­tion Mas­ters, Galaxy Force ... name any char­ac­ter from any Trans­form­ers se­ries, past or present, and chances are you’d be able to see its toy at the Trans­form­ers Expo Malaysia 2014 at the Arena of Stars, Gent­ing High­lands.

“Wow, I used to have that Bum­ble­bee!”; “I played with that Me­ga­tron when I was a kid!”; “Oh my god, the com­plete set of Di­nobots!”.... Th­ese were some of the com­ments I over­heard while lin­ger­ing at the ver­i­ta­ble trea­sure trove of nos­tal­gia, toy tech­nol­ogy, and childhood mem­o­ries com­pris­ing more than 1,600 toys and fig­ures from ev­ery sin­gle Trans­form­ers line ever re­leased.

That im­pres­sive dis­play of toys con­trib­uted by mem­bers of Trans­fans Malaysia (Transmy. com) is part of the largest show­case of Trans­form­ers ever held in Malaysia. Held in con­junc­tion with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 and the Trans­form­ers 30th Celebration (yes, Op­ti­mus Prime and gang are 30 years old this year!), it runs un­til Feb 16.

Thirty years is a long time for a toy brand, and in th­ese three decades, the Trans­form­ers have per­se­vered through all sorts of me­dia, from toys to TV shows, comics to their very own mega live-ac­tion film fran­chise (the fourth one, Trans­form­ers: Age Of Ex­tinc­tion, will be re­leased later this year).

At the expo, you can im­merse your­self in the his­tory of this iconic toy line – there’s a 3D film de­tail­ing the brand’s his­tory; aug­mented re­al­ity ac­tiv­i­ties where you can dance or take pic­tures with cute Kreo ver­sions of Op­ti­mus Prime and Bum­ble­bee; a cus­tom­painted Ca­maro Chevro­let (Bum­ble­bee’s al­ter­nate mode in the live-ac­tion films) and even gi­ant life-sized repli­cas of Op­ti­mus Prime and Bum­ble­bee for you to take pic­tures with.

For the true Trans­form­ers fan, how­ever, the main at­trac­tion would have to be that im­pres­sive dis­play of toys at the very be­gin­ning of the expo. Later, as I lin­gered in the dis­play hall, por­ing over ev­ery de­tail and reminiscing about all the cool Trans­form­ers toys I used to own, I mar­velled at just how far the Au­to­bots and De­cep­ti­cons have come in th­ese three decades.

Op­ti­mus Prime and his fel­low Cy­bertro­n­i­ans are no longer just a bunch of toys for kids th­ese days – they are an iconic part of pop cul­ture his­tory. And if the num­ber of fans throng­ing the expo in Gent­ing are any in­di­ca­tion, the ro­bots in dis­guise will def­i­nitely con­tinue to be more than meets the eye for many more decades to come.

The Trans­form­ers Expo Malaysia 2014 runs un­til Feb 16 at the Arena of Stars, Gent­ing High­lands. Tick­ets are priced at RM55 for adults and RM45 for chil­dren and se­nior cit­i­zens. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit trans­form­ers­ my or call 03-6259 2697.

Their hero: Visi­tors can take a pic­ture with life-sized repli­cas of Op­ti­mus Prime and bum­ble­bee at the trans­form­ers expo Malaysia 2014 — Ka­MaruL arIF­FIN/the Star

you won’t get to ride bum­ble­bee, but you can take a pic­ture with him in ve­hi­cle mode!

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