Optimus Prime (Generation 1) - Transformers


Minamicon 14 (2008)

Pimp my Mecha - Minami 14





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.


Taffeta_Rose posted on 3 March, 2008 - 13:05
Pimp master prime! You were awsome, truely, truely awsome.

same_difference posted on 3 March, 2008 - 14:27
Amazingly immense and immensely amazing. Awe inspiring.

Odd-One-Out posted on 3 March, 2008 - 20:44

Tak posted on 4 March, 2008 - 11:20
Simply amazing! The entire con was overpowered by your 80's cool :D

Amy-Lou posted on 4 March, 2008 - 14:01
Jaw droppingly cool. I'm so glad I didn't spot this before you came on stage :D Completely shocked!

MangaChild posted on 4 March, 2008 - 15:29
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

Manga Girl posted on 4 March, 2008 - 16:16
Truly awesome!! I wish I went to Minamicon now to see it in person ^^

CrystalNeko posted on 4 March, 2008 - 17:56
Wooooah now that is just PURE AWESOME!! *O* Wish I could see this in person now! X3 It's just so big! x3

Mungojerrie posted on 4 March, 2008 - 21:16
Too awesome. TOO AWESOME.

ryaoki posted on 7 March, 2008 - 00:10
youve amazed me again james u realli are a true inspiration

sjbonnar posted on 15 April, 2008 - 21:12
I wish I had seen this in person! But Joe showed me the skit and I was blown away!

ryaoki posted on 16 April, 2008 - 18:01

yami-no-neko posted on 16 April, 2008 - 19:24
wow awesome!

Charlie-Bear posted on 16 April, 2008 - 19:57
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!

Lunar_Kitten posted on 17 April, 2008 - 10:31
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 :-)

Lulu Rose posted on 15 June, 2008 - 10:31
that was amazing! I had no idea it was you though!, well...you were inside a giant robot so... XD fantastic though!

Chii-ren posted on 3 July, 2008 - 21:39
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

airyfairy posted on 14 August, 2008 - 22:13
omg I'm so sorry I missed the con where you wore this, looks incredible!

Mangamad posted on 13 October, 2008 - 01:12
OMG Ilpala. O,O!< Manga is impressed that you made a Prime cosplay.

Uber-Nerd posted on 29 October, 2008 - 15:32
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! -Tab

Arkayen posted on 4 January, 2009 - 23:02
Just showed Marc this after you mentioned it to him in our limo and he squee'd like a happy fan boy ^^ truely epic!

Sephirayne posted on 28 January, 2009 - 23:13
OMG! So unbelieveably epic. I wish I had seen this in person. Looks awesome in the photos.

Amy-Lou posted on 19 February, 2009 - 13:38
I feel the need to point out...there's little seats and a steering wheel in your chest! A WHEEL!!

Girl in the Shadow posted on 4 April, 2009 - 20:54
WOW what a fantastic costume. well done on making that. :)

Limegreenjelly posted on 26 June, 2009 - 21:34
loooveee itttt!! I wanted to see this but I forgot when the resgistrations were open ^^ brilliant

hippyfaith posted on 1 September, 2009 - 17:52
This Costume is EPIC! fantastic work you should be really pleased :D

Freyarule posted on 19 April, 2010 - 14:40
This is a definite EPIC WIN!!!!

Ai-Megumi posted on 16 November, 2013 - 20:43
Very awesome cosplay and so well done. Great job. ^.^