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If you are a science-fiction fanatic or simply have dreams of one day becoming the human overlord of a legion of robots, VIP Fan Auctions can help take you one giant leap closer to achieving your goals. The site is offering the components of a screen-used Tetravaal Scout robot straight from the assembly line in Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPiE. The collection of 30 parts – some with production notes and markings on them – includes two head parts, arms, legs, waist, torso, feet, hands, hips, groin and pistons. It’s up to you to animate the robot to do your bidding. Click here to see photos of all the pieces, and get in on the action for your piece(s) of CHAPPiE today!

 

BRINGING OUT THE BIG GUNS

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Ninja and Yolandi Visser – members of the South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord – play major, heavily armed roles in Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPiE. VIP Fan Auctions is offering one of the most impressive pieces of firepower in their arsenal in the form of a prop automatic rifle that was featured on-screen in the film. Click here for more information and to see photos of this imposing CHAPPiE weapon and get in on the bidding today!

 

TETRAVAAL HQ

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Taking its name from Neill Blomkamp’s 2004 short film “Tetra Vaal” – about a police robot that patrols the slums of Johannesburg – which set the stage for CHAPPiE. In the feature film, Tetravaal is the weapons and tactical robot manufacturer that develops and produces police robots, one of which is imbued with artificial intelligence and become the self-aware CHAPPiE. VIP Fan Auctions is offering fans an official Tetravaal corporate banner featured on-screen in the film – a 64 x 48-in. flag featuring the Tetravaal rocket logo and the name of the company. Click here for photos and more information – and place your bid on this unique piece of sci-fi history today!

 

LEADER OF THE PACK

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To survive in a world where rampant crime and hopelessness have forced the government to deploy robotic police to patrol the streets, you may want to pick up a trusty weapon (preferably a brightly colored uzi), razor-sharp throwing stars and nunchucks – and a backpack equipped to handle the rigors of a robot apocalypse. To help CHAPPiE fans survive, VIP Fan Auctions is offering a Tetravaal backpack featured on-screen in the Neill Blomkamp film – a Pelican S100 with water-tight, crushproof case, rubber handle, large laptop area and a chest clip. Don’t miss out on a chance to own a piece of movie history that is also a top-of-the-line, practical piece of equipment for life today. Click here to see photos, more information and to get in on the bidding today!

 

BRAIN BUCKET: SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

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Artificial intelligence begins with an artificial brain – and VIP Fan Auctions is offering the perfect place to store it. The site is offering the cranium components of a Scout droid built by the special effects gurus at WETA for use in the production of CHAPPiE. The set includes two side head plates, two antennae and the head frame – all directly from the Tetravaal assembly line in the latest Neill Blomkamp film. It is the only one of its kind received from the production, but it is now available to the CHAPPiE fan who places the winning bid. Click here for photos and more details – and claim your piece of CHAPPiE today!

 

INSPIRING CHAPPiE

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It was while listening to his favorite band – South African rapper-ravers Die Antwoord, that writer/director Neill Blomkamp was struck with the inspiration for CHAPPiE. The link between the music and the film was so strong, in fact, that Blomkamp cast Die Antwoord bandmates Yolandi Visser and Ninja to play themselves in the film. They essentially become CHAPPiE’s “mommy” and “daddy” as the robot is made self-aware, and fans became aware of Die Antwoord in the process. VIP Fan Auctions is now offering the Die Antwoord metal shield logo featured on-screen in CHAPPiE. Click here to see a photo of this unique prop that links science fiction and music.

 

SHOOT LIKE A NINJA

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The neon yellow machine gun wielded by Ninja (see photo above) on-screen in Neill Blomkamp’s artificial-intelligence thriller CHAPPiE is difficult to miss. It may look like a toy, but it’s as deadly as any more conventional R4 firepower – with a bonus four magazines of ammunition. VIP Fan Auctions is now offering this unmistakable prop rifle to the CHAPPiE fan that fires off the winning bid – click here for photos, details and get in on the action today!

 

RAPPIN’ CHAPPIE

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South African rap stars Ninja and Yolandi Visser – two-thirds of the group Die Antwoord – take on two starring film roles (as themselves!) in Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPiE. According to Wired, the group actually provided the inspiration for the film as Blomkamp was making the 2013 film Elysium and reportedly listening to Die Antwoord music as the idea for CHAPPiE came to him. Now fans of Blomkamp, CHAPPIE and Ninja and Visser have a unique opportunity to claim pieces of their distinct wardrobe worn on-screen in CHAPPiE. VIP Fan Auctions is offering Visser’s Old Glory-inspired shirt and bright yellow bruised-and-battered smiley-face shorts (click here to see the outfit) and Ninja’s vest, camouflage pants, boxers, gloves and keychain from CHAPPiE (click here to see this outfit). Don’t miss your opportunity to own this combination of hard-core electronic rap and futuristic filmmaking! Click here to see all of the available CHAPPiE auction items today!

 

METAL HEAD

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Attention special-effects fanatics: VIP Fan Auctions is offering the head of a WETA-created Tetravaal robot scout from Neill Blomkamp’s latest film, CHAPPiE. Made of metal, the robot cranium’s circular sides are removable to provide access to the interior of the unit. If you’ve ever dreamt of tinkering with state-of-the-art special effects – or have an idea for staging a futuristic version of Hamlet and need a head to play poor Yorick – click here to get in on the bidding. This is the only robot scout head received from production, so don’t let this opportunity get away – click here for photos and more information!

 

Exploring the Technology of Chappie

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Tony Bradley of ‘Forbes’ looks into the interesting technology that went into creating a movie like Chappie. He compares it to a mixture of Short Circuit and Robocop. Furthermore, the film has a similar combination of a robot gaining consciousness like Johnny Five in Short Circuit with the questions of the ethics of having a full out robotic police force like in Robocop. He saw the movie and enjoyed it as well as thorough attention to the character’s detail.

Forbes had the chance to speak with Chris Harvey, visual effects supervisor for Chappie, about the effort that went into making the robot come to life on screen. CGI (computer generated imagery), is nothing new as far as movies go. In fact most movies have it in them in some degree at least, but there are a few aspects of creating Chappie that stands out as unique. Harvey, has worked on many science fiction blockbusters such as Journey to the Center of the Earth, TRON: Legacy, and Fantastic 4:Rise of the Silver Surfer, so he has a lot of experience to handle a movie like Chappie. He explained that Chappie was unique because he was the main character of the movie. The scope of effort involved in making a computer generated lead actor is daunting.

Another movie with extensive computer generated effects was James Cameron’s Avatar. Avatar used motion capture to create digital frames of actor’s movements. Chappie, on the other hand, did not use this method. The visual effects team created all the motion from scratch. It was an even further challenge to create the character that wasn’t organic. Chappie is a humanoid robot constructed of metal and wires. The production team also had to address the issue of creating emotion and connection with the audience without normal facial expressions or eyes. Whatever they did do, worked.

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You could connect to Chappie, and you could feel the passion and emotions associating with the struggle an artificial intelligence becoming sentient. An interesting note from the movie is that it felt very real; in a way reality isn’t that far off from the world created in the movie. The team also spent time with the UCLA robotics lab and robotics expert Dr. Dennis Hong. Dr. Hong said we aren’t far off from creating a robot like Chappie. We have systems in place that are capable of making a robot with the ability to think and make decisions. Although, he stresses we’re nowhere close to building a robot that is actually self-aware. Check out the film to see Chappie in action and then check out the Chappie auctions to possess a piece of the movie.