Game/Toy Costumes

Coolest Transforming DIY Optimus Prime Costume

By Tony Liarakos

July 24, 2017

This is my home made Transformers DIY Optimus Prime costume for Halloween.  This is based on the Cab Over Semi truck from the original Generation 1 (G1) 80’s cartoon.

Costume Details

My costume is detailed with several different items to make it unique, such as: the vanity Manitoba Licence plate, the windshield wipers, the working LED lights, the beer cans for the gas tanks, plastic wheels and more /  too many to list.

Materials

My costume consisting of several parts – body, forearms, and legs are made out of cardboard boxes and Duct Tape…lots and lots of Duct Tape.  I do have some metal and wood bracing also, and used rubber boots on the inside for the legs. Also, I have the trailer which I pull behind me like a wagon. I incorporated this to complete my costume as I transform from a robot into the semi truck. As far as I know online, I am the only transforming Optimus Prime costume with a trailer. The head is the only item bought as a voice changing helmet, but I customized it and incorporated blue neon lights to accent the eyes.

DIY Optimus Prime Costume Idea

The Idea for my costume came from idolizing transformers when I was a kid back in the 80’s. Especially none other than the leader for the good guys Optimus Prime. Now in my 30’s, I feel like a kid again and a hero and superstar when I cosplay as Optimus Prime.  My costume is cumbersome, hot, heavy and exhausting. But it is totally worth it to see and hear the reactions I get from kids and adults during the Halloween and Comic Con time of year. The costume started off just as a robot and looked a bit dorky and poor quality. Over time I have upgraded and customized it, and modified / engineered it by a lot of trial and error to where I can actually transform from a robot to a truck