Made out of scrap metal and discarded car parts, these sculptures stand almost as tall as their movie originals. Judging by the pictures, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are the biggest and the most sophisticated pieces. A life sized sculpture of Sam Witwicky is nowhere to be seen, a living proof that nobody cared about that character appearing in the movies.
Yu Zhilin, a farmer with education in fine arts, started building the statues alone. Using spare time, scrap metal and car parts that he had, he finished his first statue in three years. Helped by his son Lu Yingyun, the robot statues have gone bigger and more complex, like the before mentioned iconic Autobot duo. Seeing how the franchise is massively popular in China (the last movie, Age of Extinction, is the most grossing film in Chinese history), they easily find customers for their pieces, earning 1 million yuan ($160,000) a year. The sculptures are bought my malls and cafes, who want to use the metal giants to attract more customers.