Mention the names Expo Prime, Bumblebee and Devastator to the average expat retirees, and the response will be blank stares unless there is a grandchild in the household.
These are the names of some of the comic book characters that started as Japanese toys and now movie and televison stars, the Transformers. These robot-type aliens are not only popular culture but history. They originated in the 1980s.
The Museo de los Niños will recognize them Saturday and Sunday with the Expo Prime event that includes displays, discussions and the showing of some movies. Among the topics of discussion is the possibility of a “Transformers 4” movie.
There also will be some 300 of the figures on display, including a 2.4-meter Optimus Prime. That’s about eight feet. Eight adult collectors will provide the figures, said the museum. Some are members of the Transformers de Costa Rica group.
Alejandro Murillo, a collector with 15 years experience, will discuss the history of the Transformers, the museum said.
Chapters of the series “Transformers Prime” will be shown at 10 and 11:30 a.m. both days, said the museum.
Those who pay the admission for the event also can visit the rest of the museum, which is in north San José.