Introduction: Optimus Prime From 10.00 Foam Camping Mats

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Hi everyone , wish I would have taken more pictures during this project but I have recently learned of this website and did not realize their was a forum for this kind of thing.
The tools needed for this endeavour are a razor blade, glue gun. velcro, a small torch, some muffler tape for highlights, krylon paint , copper wire for the fingers(this way you can adjust them) and lastlely some camping mats from canadian tire.
Be patient, I've given very good photographs of each peice remember to add dimension you will need to put fillers behind your frontal peices like the braces on the shoulders or the shinguards on the foot assemblies.
He is not a perfect optimus but he is my render, for instance the real optimus does not have a jet pack, too bad ours does.
any questions feel free, I built this costume so most of it was painted post production, sucks cause I had to do a lot of masking.
The finished costume looked alot better at first but he has been around for a while and has the battle scars to prove it.
The torch is for distressing the foam, just hold it far enough away so that it doesn't catch on fire.
Have fun!


JDMac174 (author)2012-06-09


shakes24601 (author)2011-10-31

Why kind of paint did you use on the camping mats?

shaneltl (author)shakes246012011-10-31

Acrylic and a torch to give it that abused metal look
Just don't get too close with the torch

scistone (author)2011-06-26

HOW DO YOU DO THAT!?? I mean, how do you shape the foam. Cuz I want to make an epic custum coustume

grayrhino (author)2010-09-21

Amazing! do you have any more details on how you made the foot part and connected the 2 together?

shaneltl (author)grayrhino2010-09-22

Sorry, the only pictures I have are the ones here. The whole thing is held together with velcro strapping. Hope this helps

catfish23 (author)2010-09-12

This is awesome!

Anonbonbon (author)2010-09-10

lol all the little girls must have loved hugging him, with all that foam making him nice and squisy!
Great costume, bet the little dude had a blast

rredmon (author)2009-10-27

Simply outstanding!!! I wish I could think outside the box more and come up with stuff like this. very awesome.

sarahfish (author)2009-10-14

 This is unreal! well done. welcome to instructables! I can't waitto see what you put up now that you know we're here! great project!

toxicfemale2781 (author)2009-09-20

HOLY MOSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wonderful amazing detail please make me one lol

knoxy (author)2009-09-20

G'Day mate, can you give some pointers on how you made the helmet?

Mia bea (author)2009-09-13

I deem you the coolest dad award!!! And a few hours ago I thought my mom was amazing (she still is :) for buying me a pair of boots for my elf costume this year! I would be a transformer but I have more on hand for the elvin valkyrie :P But still! This is THE coolest transformers costume for under $100 I have ever seen!

shaneltl (author)Mia bea2009-09-13

mia just wanted to say thankyou, heres the ironic thing, I just brought the costume down from my sons room an hour ago to display in a halloween store. Truth is, I build almost every day, things get better the more you create, good luck with your elvin costume, I'm sure it will be awesome!

theosteban (author)2009-07-14

Good Job! Is very interesting

1k-termie (author)2009-06-27

That is intense! Keep it up!

antivenom (author)2009-05-22

Hahaha! That is the coolest thing I've ever seen, ever! Nice work, Dad :)

kaos211976 (author)2009-04-02

You get the award for "Going Above and Beyond as a Parent". WOW!

Brother_D (author)2009-03-28

Oh my crap! That's amazing!

MajHunter (author)2009-03-20

Wow, great costume for your kid. GJ.

slimguy379 (author)2009-03-14

awesome im a giant comic book geek, etc. but i find this to be awesome, very original, both the idea and the use of materials. keep up the good work :)

vampounet (author)2009-03-14

Wow, awesome project! How many camping mats did you use?

shaneltl (author)vampounet2009-03-14

It took about 3 camping mats to make this guy and around 60 hours all tolled. So all together it costs about 50 dollars to make, now keep in mind that this was made for my five year old son but making it bigger wouldn't cost that much more. thanks again for the kind words.

Vindoch (author)2009-03-14

wow very cool. such patience you had to make that

Lftndbt (author)2009-03-13

Cop that Deceptacons!! ;) I commend you on your use of a somewhat non-stimulating medium, to create something of true awesomeness!!! Either your 4ft tall or you made this for your kid, nice work Dad. Looks waaaaay better than anything you could buy.

Bisquick the ninja (author)2009-03-13


gmjhowe (author)2009-03-13

Great project! Im glad you found this site, and i look forward to any of your future projects!

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