Costume :Optimus Prime
Variant :Generation 1
Source :Transformers
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 14 (2008)

Costume Photos

Prime. In your garden, stepping on your flowers

I stand on your head fanboy!!


shaking that ass

lights, camera, action

Costume Reference


Costume Information

Cost : £210
Awards : Pimp my Mecha - Minami 14
Time Taken : About 255 hours over 2 months


Prime got a paint job! I finally got around to touching him up and applying some highlighting and shading to the big boy. I think it probably made the most difference to his legs as they were really flat blocks of blue.
Looks great close up, not sure how much difference it made at range.

Still got to remake the arms sometime.

*Update end*

New Pictures courtesy of Many Lemons and Cosplay Snap

Wessex Night skit costume for Minami 14, The final costume is close to 9ft tall, mobile, has working lights, cab detail and articulated hands!

This is my most ambitious costume to date and really I should have spent at least 3 months on him, not two. As it was I had to call in the cavalry; Ailsa-chan, Granny Gertrude and my lovely Girlfriend all helped in the last few days before the con getting him painted ready for Minami.


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Pimp master prime!

You were awsome, truely, truely awsome.

by Taffeta_Rose on Monday, 3 March, 2008 - 13:05

Amazingly immense and immensely amazing.

Awe inspiring.

by same_difference on Monday, 3 March, 2008 - 14:27
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by Odd-One-Out on Monday, 3 March, 2008 - 20:44
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Simply amazing! The entire con was overpowered by your 80's cool :D

by Tak on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 - 11:20
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Jaw droppingly cool. I'm so glad I didn't spot this before you came on stage :D Completely shocked!

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 - 14:01
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What an inspiring costume and the first time i have seen a UK Mech

Im sure this is the begining of a trend and yours will be the most memoriable

by MangaChild on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 - 15:29
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Truly awesome!! I wish I went to Minamicon now to see it in person ^^

by Manga Girl on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 - 16:16
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Wooooah now that is just PURE AWESOME!! *O* Wish I could see this in person now! X3 It's just so big! x3

by CrystalNeko on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 - 17:56
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Too awesome.


by Mungojerrie on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 - 21:16
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youve amazed me again james u realli are a true inspiration

by ryaoki on Friday, 7 March, 2008 - 00:10
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I wish I had seen this in person! But Joe showed me the skit and I was blown away!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 15 April, 2008 - 21:12
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by ryaoki on Wednesday, 16 April, 2008 - 18:01
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wow awesome!

by yami-no-neko on Wednesday, 16 April, 2008 - 19:24
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I really wish I could of been at Minamicon myself to see this in person. I love Transformers and you've pulled off Optimus so well, it's fantastic!

by Charlie-Bear on Wednesday, 16 April, 2008 - 19:57
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James, you forgot to mention that it took us 250 hours to make ... and almost as long to tidy up the house afterwards!!

But all in all, time well spent for an impressive end result :-)

Proud of you :-)

by Lunar_Kitten on Thursday, 17 April, 2008 - 10:31
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that was amazing! I had no idea it was you though!, were inside a giant robot so...

XD fantastic though!

by Lulu Rose on Sunday, 15 June, 2008 - 10:31
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Ha ha! I remember shouting 'limbo!' at you during the masquerade at minami (the door frames were too low!) ^-^ This was epic to see though and your skit was fantastic x

by Chii-ren on Thursday, 3 July, 2008 - 21:39

omg I'm so sorry I missed the con where you wore this, looks incredible!

by airyfairy on Thursday, 14 August, 2008 - 22:13
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OMG Ilpala. O,O!<

Manga is impressed that you made a Prime cosplay.

by Mangamad on Monday, 13 October, 2008 - 01:12
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Ha! Finally tracked you down on here.

Loved the Prime costume. I'm sorry to say I was the one who grabbed your bum in it. See you next minami!


by Uber-Nerd on Wednesday, 29 October, 2008 - 15:32
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Just showed Marc this after you mentioned it to him in our limo and he squee'd like a happy fan boy ^^ truely epic!

by Arkayen on Sunday, 4 January, 2009 - 23:02
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OMG! So unbelieveably epic. I wish I had seen this in person. Looks awesome in the photos.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 28 January, 2009 - 23:13
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I feel the need to point out...there's little seats and a steering wheel in your chest! A WHEEL!!

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 19 February, 2009 - 13:38

WOW what a fantastic costume. well done on making that. :)

by Girl in the Shadow on Saturday, 4 April, 2009 - 20:54
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loooveee itttt!! I wanted to see this but I forgot when the resgistrations were open ^^ brilliant

by Limegreenjelly on Friday, 26 June, 2009 - 21:34
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This Costume is EPIC! fantastic work you should be really pleased :D

by hippyfaith on Tuesday, 1 September, 2009 - 17:52
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This is a definite EPIC WIN!!!!

by Freyarule on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 14:40

Very awesome cosplay and so well done.

Great job. ^.^

by Ai-Megumi on Saturday, 16 November, 2013 - 20:43