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Last year, Detroit decided that it needed RoboCop. A Kickstarter campaign raised around $65,000 to design and cast a bronze statue to be placed in an as-yet-undetermined location in the recently bankrupted city. Back in the near future of 1987, a corporate conglomerate named Omni Consumer Products had the same idea, but its RoboCop wasn’t a symbol of hope. It was a cynical solution to an ultraviolent future — and the protagonist of the action movie to end all action movies.