Chinese Man's Huge Transformers Collection Goes Viral

Zhang Wei displaying his collection

With "Transformers 4" now the highest-grossing film ever in China, a retired soldier from Qingdao has become a social media hero in the country after spending 12 years collecting Transformers toys.

With Transformers: Age of Extinction conquering all before it at the Chinese box office, it seems the Chinese can't get enough of the toy-inspired franchise. Transformers toy collector Zhang Wei has become something of a star on Chinese social media for his huge collection of the Hasbro robots.

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With a little help from his wife, the retired soldier from the Chinese port city of Qingdao has been collecting the toys since 2002 and has amassed 380 Transformers, which he displays in his living room. Zhang's collection is valued at over 200,000 RMB, or just over $32,000, according to Chinese news and entertainment site, which picked up his story. The local news outlet's story about Zhang and his toys was published on Tuesday; it had attracted over 10,000 comments by early Wednesday. The most popular comment, attracting over 3,000 likes, was: "Your wife supports you with this, that's your real blessing."

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With Chinese stars among the cast and action set in Beijing and Hong Kong, Transformers: Age of Extinction became the all-time highest grossing film in China last week. Now 17 days into its release, the Michael Bay blockbuster has grossed $279.75 million at the Chinese box office, $50 million more than prior record-holder Avatar and well above the film's U.S. total of $209 million.