New Exhibit Features Eight Foot Bumblebee Statue Made Completely of Recycled Car Parts
As Transformers: Dark of the Moon takes over the big screens setting a record breaking four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend box-office debut, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square is about to experience its own Autobot invasion. Opening this Friday, July 8, 2011, the new Ripley’s Transformers exhibit features an eight foot statue of Bumblebee, the small yellow Autobot known for his wise-cracking sense of humor, made completely of recycled automobile parts.
On display in the admissions lobby of the Times Square Odditorium, the Transformer statue was hand-crafted in Bangkok, Thailand by artist Anchalee Saengtai. Created entirely from recycled junk car parts, the Bumblebee figure weighs more than 1,000 pounds and features arms and legs that move.
“It’s unbelievable how the artist was able to take old car parts and literally transform them into a vivid replica of Bumblebee,” said Michael Hirsch, President/General Manager of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square. “This new exhibit is an eye-opener for anyone who ever wondered if a Transformer could really be made from a car…or for any fan of the movies.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! recently acquired several Transformers statues to be featured in its attractions worldwide. Currently on display is a Bumblebee statue at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in San Antonio and an Optimus Prime statue at Ripley’s Odditorium in San Francisco. Throughout the year additional Transformers statues will be added to Ripley’s Odditoriums in London, Myrtle Beach, Hollywood and Jeju Island, Korea.