May 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

RoboCop to pay tribute to Detroit's finest

Supporter John Leonard, right, and Brandon Walley, president of the board of The Imagination Station, talk about the RoboCop project. Shown is a foam model of the RoboCop statue inside Venus Bronze Works in Detroit in 2013. (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)

Detroit — Police won’t have to wait until the year 2028 for RoboCop.

In fact, law enforcement and residents of “Old Detroit” will have an opportunity to participate in a meet-and-greet with the crime-fighting cyborg on Tuesday in downtown, where the superhero will pay tribute to Detroit’s finest before an announcement on the highly-anticipated unveiling of a RoboCop statue.

Fans can take pictures with RoboCop at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third Street, where the motorcycles and other props from the movie will be on display.

The event is sponsored by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, which are declaring Tuesday RoboCop Day in Detroit to commemorate the release of 2014 film “RoboCop,” a remake of the 1987 science fiction film, on Blu-ray and DVD. The new movie is set in Detroit 2028, though most of it was shot in Toronto.

“Detroit’s police officers have one of the toughest jobs in the U.S., and Fox wants a fun and interactive way to honor them in the heart of the city they protect each day. ‘RoboCop Day’ aims to celebrate and give people a chance to meet the day-to-day heroes of Detroit and its iconic superhero, RoboCop,” a news release on the event said.

The filmmakers will also team up with the Detroit Police Department and nonprofit Imagination Station to announce details on the 10-foot statue set to be installed in the city this summer.

A mockup of the statue will be on display at police headquarters. The statue is a replica model of actor Peter Weller’s costume featured in the 1987 film and its three sequels.

RoboCop will make another appearance at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Comerica Park, where he will thrown out the first pitch before the Tigers game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
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