Transformers are one of the most successful toy franchises of the past 40 years. Since 1984, the self-proclaimed "robots in disguise" have been a big part of people's imaginations, as well as comic, video games, and movies. Of all of the things that these robot toys could change into, the most popular were probably cars (the good Transformers are even called the Autobots because they mostly change into cars and trucks). But as real as those films could look at times, they're still just toys.
Roll out! (For real this time!)
Until now, that is. Turns out that a Turkish company called Letvision has just unveiled its own real-life "transformer". They call them Letrons, and they're made from actual BMW cars. The first Letron built is named Antimon. It's a red BMW who is the leader of the Letrons. Now Antimon can't walk and its transforming abilities? It's a wee bit slow. But Antimon can talk, move its arms, wrists, and fingers, and makes a whole pile of cool noises. It can even spray fog!
After all of this, I'm sure that you'd like to see this "transformer" in action. Here you go!
Not drivable... yet
Okay. We already know your next two questions.
Can you drive it?
No, not yet. Right now, Letrons are remote controlled only. Letvision's team of builders (which includes 12 engineers and 4 technicians) haven't figured out how to have the car transform into a robot while still being able to carry passengers. They're also not allowed in normal street traffic.
And...Where can I get one?!?
Surprisingly, Letvision is talking about making these things available for sale one day. They haven't said what the price is, though given how much even a normal BMW is, it's probably a lot of money. Plus, the company says that they will need to approve any buyers (probably to make sure that they're not trying to build a robot army to take over the world!)