AKIRA BIKE BECOMES REALITY!

Written by on April 10, 2012 in Ask Randy, Uncategorized - No comments

Randy here… with a big boy toy!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA epic anime-I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve seen it. And with that, my love of the Kaneda’s sleek, futuristic motorcycle! I happily own the inaccurate McFarlane version of the bike and still covet the 1/6 Project BM! version of the now iconic fictional vehicle.

Though calling it “fictional” is no longer accurate any more!

When I read and saw this last week and knew I couldn’t not talk about it. Masashi Teshima built a working version of the motorcycle!

Don’t believe me? Here it is in action!

“KANEEEDDDAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!”

It took him seven years and 10 million yen(over $120K US) to make. While not only fulfilling a glorious otaku‘s dream, he has been able to raise money for cildren with autism & for the relief and recovery from the 2011 tsunami. It’s currently on display at the Katsuhiro Otomo GENGA Exhibition.

Read the full story here and here.

I salute your glorious madness, Masashi!

Be seeing you,
RANDY

About the Author

Randy has been writing about reporting on toys for AFTimes since 1995 and shows no sign of stopping! He's been in all aspects of toys and collecting from retail clerk to toy company adviser, as well as been a toy expert for CNN. He's met Comic Artists to Adult film stars to Navy SEALS, during his time, as well as covered events from SDCC to American International Toy Fair. He also loves movies, so don't be surprised if that comes up too-as well as some movie reviews!

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