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Coolest Homemade Transforming Optimis Prime Costume 38

by Molly B.
(Schwenksville, Pa)

Homemade Transforming Optimis Prime Costume

Homemade Transforming Optimis Prime Costume

Optimis Prime

Lil Eric loves his transformers, especially Optimis Prime. I decided to make his Homemade Transforming Optimis Prime Costume out of cardboard. It's everywhere and people want to get rid of it. I actually took sheets of flat cardboard and cut it to make the box shape that I wanted.

There was a lot of planning involved before the cutting started. I recycled soda cans, toilet paper rolls and cardboard tubes, just to name a few. I was given plastic circles that were once inside giant tubes and used them to make the wheels for my son to hold. The thin cardboard from cases of beer were perfect for bending to a round shape. I put a backpack inside the cab to help with the weight. I also painted the body of the transformer onto the chest of the costume.

I used my son's toy transformer for the inspiration and we used his Optimis Prime helmet because it talked like the real thing! I had such a good time gluing and painting and adding on to the costume. My son gets it out to show his friends and loves to show how he can transform.

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by: Pepinidts

That is sooo rad! Love it, good job.:-)

by: Donna Kay

that is one of the most creative costumes I have seen! I LOVE the fact that you went to extra mile to make it actually transform... my boys would have loved that when they were younger. Heck, I might have to make that for them next year (they are 19 and 13! and they still love to dress up for Halloween!) Great Job!

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Coolest Optimus Prime the Cartoon Version Homemade Costume 31

by Joe
(Dayton, Ohio USA)

Optimus Prime the Cartoon Version Homemade Costume

Optimus Prime the Cartoon Version Homemade Costume

I made this Optimus Prime the Cartoon Version Homemade Costume mostly out of wood and cardboard, but it is much too heavy. I would recommend the use of Styrofoam next time. I made my boots out of wood on platforms with weights in them to make a rattling sound when I walk. Then I glued reflectors to them.

The head is made out of a plastic children's transformer mask and a construction helmet painted blue. The windows are made out of Plexiglas lenses made for fluorescent lights. I placed some blinking lights behind them for effect. The grill is made of plastic chrome lens also for overhead lighting. I made quite a few trips to LOWES!

I glued lawn mower wheels to the sides of the boots and made a license plate for the back. I wore blue gloves and the groin region is made out of foam with duct tape on it. The exhaust pipes are made of shop vac hose extensions painted silver.

This costume took about a month to construct. The color comes from metallic wrapping paper.

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Coolest Optimus Prime Halloween Costume 19

by Joe

Optimus Prime Halloween Costume

Optimus Prime Halloween Costume

I saw your site and loved it. I also wanted to be part of your costume contest. This year for 08, I custom made a costume of my own. ( keep in mind the only things not fabricated by me was the head $30 at Wal-mart and the stilts than I bought on eBay.

Attached are pics of my Optimus Prime Halloween costume along with some pics of it under construction as well as my work area and materials I used. For this costume I used about four basic materials Styrofoam, poster board, duct tape and paint, that's about it. Oh yea, did I mention I made this from only watching the movie 3 times and a poster I got from Wal-mart.

Optimus Prime Costume

Optimus Prime Costume

Optimus Prime Costume

Optimus Prime Costume

Optimus Prime Costume

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by: Terri

This is cool, looks like it took a long time to make. Was it hard walking with the stilts?

by: Joe

It wasn't too hard to walk around, the whole costume only was about 35- 40 pounds and the stilts were drywall/construction ones with a fully flexible ankle joint.

well done
by: Anonymous

way to go with the transformer.....

Absolutely amazing!
by: Kevin

This costume is hands down the best costume I have seen on this site without a doubt. Nice job.

by: Anonymous

This is a cool sculpture, but it doesn't look like a costume... The anatomy isn't correct for someone to fit in it. But it still rocks!

In response to its not a costume
by: Joe

Look at ALL of my Optimus Prime pics before you call it just a sculpture. I designed it to be 8 1/2 foot tall with big dimensions.

by: Sammy

You might have put lot of time and effort in this costume with no doubt, but it looks like a sculpture. A Halloween costume should always show your personal facial features. Good job!!!

Agree with above
by: Anonymous

It's too bad you don't have any pictures of getting into/putting on the costume, because I agree with the post above that I don't see how a person could fit inside of this. (Yes, I know it's supposed to be tall, but even for a person on stilts the dimensions don't look right). Pictures of the actual construction process would have been nice too, not just a pile of foam and cardboard.

Does it transform?

by: Anonymous


by: Matt

You are a GOD

I want to buy that
by: Anonymous

are you selling that cause I'll buy it

great costume
by: tre

That was a very good replica. I've done costumes since I was a little boy including Godzilla. I want to do an Optimus Prime costume and I wanted to know if you would be willing to help me out with some pointers to make mine successful too.

Awesome build, not so sure..
by: Anonymous

I have my doubts too. What about the arms? It looks like they're made out of solid foam rubber, not something you can put your arms inside. I'm not questions your build skills here because this is awesome - but don't tell me you could actually put your arms in the "costume" arms.


manufacture of this exceptional costume, felicitation, a man he can enter the costume or not, and yes, he is selling, well done great job ..

by: Kimorio

sculpture or costume, still impressive craftsmanship!

For Sale
by: Steve

Hello, I was wondering if you still had this costume and if so would you be willing to sell it?
This is the best costume i have ever seen in my life.

in response to steve
by: optimus

I still do have the costume, I am currently working on a version 2.0. I would like to make it for sale on the completion but its hard to find serious people. Also for the question about the (arms can't fit in) and the (its too big for someone to fit in)the main picture is taken by me, the entire piece was designed as a stand alone display ( as you see in the picture) or as a costume you can wear ( like in the final pic). notice the holes just above the waist area on the sides, this is where my arms connect to its arms. it kind of works like a puppet, and yes people are right nobody is large enough to fit the torso the right way...thats why I designed it to 1 be big... close to 9 foot tall 2. be a display as well as a costume. 3 built in such a way to fit a 6 foot tall person and fit him in to a 9 foot robot with movement. I hope this answers any questions you had.

Great Work
by: Laurie

This is awesome! You did an excellent job. Have you thought about doing presentations for kiddie parties. Would be great

for hire?
by: Anonymous

where r u from cuz i would love to hire u for my sons bday party. he luvs transformers

by: Anonymous

did you post a diy video on youtube and if you did what do i search?

by: Timothy

it's awesome!!!!!

any buyers?
by: Anonymous

my Optimus Prime costume for 2010...transforms!...any buyers????

wanting to buy!
by: Anonymous

I want to buy this costume for the 2011 season. I am a serious buyer and would like a quoted price? I am from WV but, used to live in Lima Ohio so I could come pick it up. PLEASE Email me ASAP at

by: Anonymous

Great work. I'm doing an event where I will need 4 transformable Transformer costumes. If you have any youtube video of your transformable suits please send me the link to

I am serious about it. If it's you or not doing them i will still need them.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

by: james

that is the coolest costume ever but you should really see the bumblebee one that one had staring at the screen for a really long time

shoulder width
by: Clyde

I am currently also working on a Optimus costume. I was wondering how you got around the width problem with the chest/cab. Seems like no matter what Prime's shoulders are just way to wide to have the arms be fully functional. Reading some others comments I see they are skeptical its a costume at all and not just a sculpture. I must say that your costume's shoulder width appear to be too massive for our arms to operate them unless you had your elbow in his shoulder and operated the hands with some kind of mechanical extension. Id like to know. Anyways PRIME job on the project. Ill have mine finished soon.

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Coolest Optimus Prime Costume 26

by Bianca K.
(Wellington, New Zealand)

Homemade Optimus Prime Costume

Homemade Optimus Prime Costume

Warning: This took some time constructing.
Also the taxi I called would not pick me up as I was unable to get in the car in costume - put the body on once you get there.

I made this Optimus Prime Costume on a budget so it's entirely made from recycled cardboard and a heap of test paint. All measurements were guestimates. I printed the Transformer logo and made a stencil for the shoulders. You will need to buy a lot of tape to a) hold it together and b) for the outlines to make it look more robotic..
Unfortunately I was unable to complete the helmet in time. I recommend metallic silver tights. I am wearing plan grey ones.

This costume does not transform.

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