For around $90 a night, you can stay in a room that looks like Michael Bay’s closet
Sometimes, you just need to get away from the day-to-day grind and think exclusively about warring factions of alien robots that masquerade as cars and heavily armored vehicles.
Luckily, a hotel in Japan has you covered.
The Asahikawa Grand Hotel in Hokkaido is offering a special deal for fans of the “Transformers” franchise, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. As relayed by the site Kotaku, the hotel’s special accommodations cost around $90, depending on when one makes a reservation, and is limited to just one night per guest, because demand for this den of Decepticons is obviously going to be through the roof.
So, what do visitors get in exchange for that reasonable $90 charge? Basically, the opportunity to stay once again in one’s childhood bedroom — or the chance to spend a night in the cradling arms of a youth that they were denied.
From all indications, the draw is semi-immersion in the many, many elements of branded merchandise that has made Hasbro an unthinkable fortune over the last two decades. There are two beds with “Transformers” bed spreads, toys lining the windowsills, a “Transformers” TV (presumably playing “Transformers” cartoons and movies), and even a gift bag of “Transformers” goodies.
The geek paradise transforms back to its disguise as a regular hotel room on April 25.
The franchise began as a repackaged toys put out by Hasbro in 1984, and has spawned three massive hit films directed by Michael Bay, the last of which earned over $1.1 billion at the global box office, including $771 million overseas. A fourth film, which will sub in Mark Wahlberg for former star Shia LaBeouf, is due out in June.