$67,436 - That is what it cost the internet to bring RoboCop back to Detroit.
No, we’re not referring to the upcoming film, but rather to the KickStarter campaign which funded the commission of a RoboCop statue. Imagination Station Detroit asked the internet for help via the popular crowd sourcing site. Back in February of 2011, most people were not yet familiar with KickStarter in this pre-Veronica Mars Movie era. It took San Francisco businessman Pete Hottelet donating $25,000 for the project to reach its goal.
As it turns out, the Mr. Hottelet had a vested interest in the character. Hottelet runs a company you may have heard of: Omni Consumer Products or OCP. Those familiar with the movie will remember OCP is the company that built RoboCop. This real life version of OCP provides movie inspired products to its customers like the Sex Panther Cologne from Anchorman, Fight Club Soap, and Stay Puft Marshmallows from Ghostbusters.
So the funding was completed over 2 years ago, but that was just the start of Officer Murphy’s return to the Motor City. After lots of time spent of designs, casts, and molds, we finally got a glimpse of it back in May, and now we have some more updates…
Sounds like we’re still a long way from the actual placement, but things are moving at least. Perhaps it will coincide with the release of the new movie in 2014.
What do you think of the whole project? Do you know anyone who actually gave money to this thing? Because seriously, who would do that?