Behold Detroit's Glorious RoboCop Statue

Behold Detroit's Glorious RoboCop Statue

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Imagination Station Detroit's RoboCop statue project is almost upon us, and it has revealed some magnificent photos of the work-in-progress statue.

Detroit served as the setting for Science-Fiction epic RoboCop. This garnered a lot of mixed reactions for the city. On the one hand, it didn't help Detroit's stereotype of being a haven for violent crime and terrible people. On the other hand, RoboCop is awesome. So it should come as no supprise that when Detroit's Mayor asked for ideas on how to revitalize the city, a giant statue of RoboCop himself was one of the top suggestions. After he shot down the suggestion, angry citizens took to crowd funding platform Kickstarter to fund the project themselves.

The Kickstarter reached its funding goal back in 2011, and Imagination Station Detroit has been providing procedural updates on the progress of the statue since then. It has now finally revealed an almost-completed version of the statue.

"There's really nothing to say," said the team in a statement accompanying the photos, "Just take a look at RoboCop in his 10-foot-tall pixel-atom-perfect glory. So far he's passed from you, the backers, to Fred Barton's expert custom sculpting, to Across The Board Creation's 3D scanning, digital enlarging, physical fabrication, and assembly in foam, wax, clay, and steel (pictured below), and now he's headed to Venus Bronze Works in Detroit for casting and manufacturing in bronze. We bow to all parties for going above and beyond."

Behold, Detroit's soon-to-be RoboCop statue in all its glory:

"He's not done yet," says the team, "but what you're seeing in these pictures is pretty much exactly how he'll look. We hope you love it as much as we do, and we hope you send good vibes to all the craftsmen and the production team who've run across the obstacle course to get here, as we all send good vibes back to you, the awesome, patient, and hopefully super happy backers!"

I only hope that they put this statue right outside of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's house, so that every day he can be reminded of how he shot down the most badass idea that an American city has ever had.

Source: Kickstarter

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That is amazing. I completely forgot about this.

That's awesome! And if the Mayor doesn't like it, he can put in an ever bigger ED-209 statue to counter-balance it :)

The only glorious thing in Detroit...

The Mayor will probably manage to set it up so he does the unveiling, and congratulate himself on not needing to spend his benefits funding... err I mean city budget on it, and benefit from selling ad spaces near the statue to cash in on the prospective tourists coming to see Robocop in Detroit.

My favourite movie. But, whilst it's great to see Detroit giving the film some respect to this awesome title, it seems a little strange seeing as it wasn't actually filmed in Detroit at all.

Alfador_VII:
That's awesome! And if the Mayor doesn't like it, he can put in an ever bigger ED-209 statue to counter-balance it :)

Sure, but only if it shoots passing executives into a bloody pulp.

chimpzy:

Alfador_VII:
That's awesome! And if the Mayor doesn't like it, he can put in an ever bigger ED-209 statue to counter-balance it :)

Sure, but only if it shoots passing executives into a bloody pulp.

Now there's an idea to revitalize a city. Can we put a similar one in DC?

Well, this is completely awesome news. Glad to see the statue's coming along, although i think it's only natural that at the unveiling they play this song:

Scars Unseen:

chimpzy:

Alfador_VII:
That's awesome! And if the Mayor doesn't like it, he can put in an ever bigger ED-209 statue to counter-balance it :)

Sure, but only if it shoots passing executives into a bloody pulp.

Now there's an idea to revitalize a city. Can we put a similar one in DC?

I'd buy that for a dollar!

That is pretty much the coolest thing people ever wasted money on. Too bad the reboot comes out soon, and the majority of people will no longer recognise the statue as the real Robocop :( Instead they will recognise a shitty GI-Joe-looking ripoff...

I realize those pictures show the statue made of foam, wax, clay and steel, but it really looks like it is a woodcarving in my eyes.

The pose would have been better if it was a copy of this:
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Given that it's in Detroit, once the statue is officially put up I give it about a week before it's stolen and/or defaced. :P

Holy shit, they actually went ahead with this? That is... I don't know what to make of that, really. I'm glad that it was funded by Kickstarter and not taxpayer's money though. Makes a bit more sense that way.

At the very least it'll be good collateral when they declare bankruptcy.

chimpzy:

Alfador_VII:
That's awesome! And if the Mayor doesn't like it, he can put in an ever bigger ED-209 statue to counter-balance it :)

Sure, but only if it shoots passing executives into a bloody pulp.

If only there were any executives left in Detroit

Scars Unseen:
Now there's an idea to revitalize a city. Can we put a similar one in DC?

Lets see just how many of the Republicans REALLY want to keep their guns.

This. is. AWESOME.

I wish they made another one of Axel Foley, back when Eddie Murphy were the coolest guy around! (and even the mainstream movies had good plots, and the tropes were new, and hollywood wasn't a well oiled machine pumping out the same bull year in and year out)
Well, maybe they're saving that one for Beverly Hills!

CAPTCHA: picture perfect.
Nice to know you agree, captcha. It would be badass!

Now I want to move to Detroit. Seriously, any place with that statue in it can't be all bad.

josemlopes:
The pose would have been better if it was a copy of this:
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I agree, the current pose seems a bit tame, but people probably would have objected to a 'violent' stance like the one in that photo

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The torso is short by a head and the head itself is too big. There are also other proportional errors. I don't know if this was done on purpose to accommodate for the perspective, but it seems weird.

As others have stated, the pose is pretty boring.

I'll give it a week, then "MS-XIII" will be emblazoned in spray paint across its chest.

I don't know, he needs the iconic gun. And maybe they could ask if the Detroit police wants it anywhere near their buildings.

Makes me wonder if a Lord of the Rings statue is going up in New Zealand anytime soon.

Is that the best pose they can come up with? I think he'd look better with both arms to the side with chest out, Right now he just looks weird.

Terramax:
My favourite movie. But, whilst it's great to see Detroit giving the film some respect to this awesome title, it seems a little strange seeing as it wasn't actually filmed in Detroit at all.

Should have built an Axel Foley statue. The opening scene from the first film is actually the housing complex I lived in as a kid.

With that said, probably a good idea not filming around there.

I never asked for this.

Adam Jensen:
That is amazing. I completely forgot about this.

I bet Adam Jensen must be jealous... since he's basically like Robocop 2.0...<.<

 

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