Optimus Prime Cardboard Costume

Optimus Prime Cardboard Costume

He wanted to be Optimus Prime for Halloween, and we've decided to keep Halloween homemade. Homemade Optimus Prime it is.

I thought I'd start from the bottom up. From other versions I've seen on the web, the foot & shin combo seemed to be the best route. In hindsight it was too cumbersome for a 4 year old. It fell apart like an ablative heat shield on re-entry.

These seemed to give adequate hinge-action to the ankles. I used hot glue (so much hot glue) to keep the shins squared with velcro straps towards the knee.
The vents were a fun touch, but in follow up, a black paint strip would have been easier.
The cabin or 'torso' was a cereal box glued to a stiff cardboard back & neck piece with head cutout.
I had cut a kleenex (or nose tissue if you'd like) box for shoulder guards. These were ultimately a little too flimsy.
Time for paint!
The paint was cheap department store paint. While the color was spot on, I felt the gloss was just too cheap looking. If we build a more robust Autobot in the future, I might go the route of Automotive paint.
Drying in the midwest October sun!
I printed/laminated a set of windshield images, and thought putting a human in the drivers seat would be a fun touch for my Rescue Bot fan. Out of the entire project, THAT triggered an enormous hug from him. I provided the images I used at the end of this album.
Trial run of the torso & legs. Walking was a little clunky, so I felt the legs may be on the way out. I persisted however. He was SUPER excited to dress up as a 'real life transformer'. I felt the front was missing something though.
LIGHTS! It was missing lights! A couple of closet tap lights, edges spray painted silver, would work well.
Lights glued and holding strong. I was worried the front would be too heavy, so I re-enforced the interior of the suit with strips of cardboard. It maintained its structure well!
A late night glue and paint session with the wife missed out on photos, but the front bumper added additional strength to the lights and grill.
And then there was the mask. I had no idea where to begin. We had a store bought Optimus mask, but I felt like that would look out of place with the homemade costume. So I started hacking away at cardboard. I started with the mouth piece and nose bridge. I adhered those to the vents, and strapped it all to a couple of sides to wrap around.
I separated a strip of cardboard for the front forehead fin. Added the antenna and head brace. Beginning to deviate from a Prime I feared, but it came around.
Blue treatment. Making sure to cover the mouth, vents, and head piece.
Not quite Optimus Prime. Maybe Chinese knock off? Close enough to identify though!
I didn't want to spend hours sifting through Goodwill for the perfect toys to take apart, so I made some simple wheels with a matte black spray and cardboard.
Complete and ready the night before.
BUUU BU bu BU BUUUUU!
No cat, so how about a Bat tax. His little brother was a bat for Halloween. Or as he called it, a 'Bat shwings'