Here is one of my favorite hero's. The supreme transformer Optimus Prime.
I wanted to make this very cheaply, using recycled cardboard, recycled plastic from Pepsi bottles and easy-to-transform new material such as chrome, mactac and extruded polystyrene.
An important achievement was to make myself as tall and as wide as possible without losing proportion. I actually gained 12" in height (6’-2’’ to 7’-2’’) and 14" (24’’ to 38’’) to my chest/shoulders. Naturally, I wanted to preserve some freedom of movement, such as climbing up and down stairs and getting cool shots to my mouth when needed.
Another achievement for a robot costume is to show as little skin as possible. My legs presented real design problems because they are always flexed when you move, dance or walk sideways. The system I designed has the leg box fitting into the knee box which, in turn, fits into the hip box; cardboard flexpads are used so the system retains flexibility. The only skin you can see is at my elbow, when flexing, and at my neck.
The last important part was to add all the details and integrate lighting fixtures. I wanted it to be as realistic as possible, not like a gadget.
I hope you will appreciate the Homemade Optimus Prime Costume as much as I appreciated making it at home and as the other people, who have seen it, have.
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I began this Optimus Prime DIY Costume project about a month ago after seeing a photo of someone online in an Optimus costume. I immediately took on the project and realized just how difficult it would be very early on. The entire costume is made out of a hard hat, tights, lots and lots of cardboard hot glue and duct tape. My inspiration was the old cartoon version of the transformers so I did my best to model it as closely to the cartoon and action figures as possible.
The costume makes me about 6-7 inches taller and is extremely uncomfortable to wear or move around in. I later incorporated a vinyl tube so that I could drink because otherwise I couldn't raise my hand up to my face and mouth. The lights on top of the windows also light up but they ruined the photo when I took a picture with them on. The helmet light is from a pair of light up sunglasses bought at a party store.
While the costume is uncomfortable it was awesome seeing the look on peoples faces when they first saw me. I walked out in front of some cops while they were giving a ticket and they let the guy go just so they could take photos of me. Pure craziness.
This is 8 year old Branson in his homemade Optimus Prime kids costume. We started printing all kinds of pictures of Optimus Prime. First we started with the sleeper and the cab. We rolled the cardboard so that the sleeper would be round. Then cut out the other pieces and hot glued them all together.
Next we went to work on the rear fenders and tires. We had cardboard that went around the leg and Velcroed into place. Then we made wheels out of cardboard and cut strips of carpet padding for the tires. We measure the tires and made cardboard fenders to fit around.
Next we started putting pieces of the hood together. We spray painted the base colors and then hand painted on the flames. We used cans for the gas tanks and water bottles for the air filters. We used pieces of material to hinge the front to the cab. And this is what we ended up with.
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