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Man builds £35,000 celebrity robot

A designer in Hong Kong has fulfilled a life-long dream by building a humanoid robot with a striking resemblance to a Hollywood celebrity.

Ricky Ma, 42, spent over £35,000 over one-and-a-half years to create the life-size robot from scratch on the balcony of his home.

Ricky calls the female robot Mark 1, modelled after a Hollywood star whose name he wants to keep under wraps.

It responds to a set of programmed verbal commands spoken into a microphone.

Some people have suggested the robot resembles A-list celebrity Scarlett Johansson.

Some have suggested the robot resembles Scarlett Johansson Credit: Reuters

When I was a child, I liked robots. Why? Because I liked watching animation. All children loved it.

There were Transformers, cartoons about robots fighting each other and games about robots. After I grew up, I wanted to make one.

But during this process, a lot of people would say things like, 'Are you stupid? This takes a lot of money. Do you even know how to do it? It's really hard'

– Ricky Ma