Man Owns Internet with Optimus Prime Built of Junk

Have you seen it? There is a news story going around that originated with a caption contest at AOL's gear blog Engadget calling it a "clothes dryer." It's about a Taiwanese man who has built a 14 foot replica of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime out of junk. What is so amazing about this video? We don't know. Get a look at the video and be owned too.

Seriously, this is a pretty ridiculous story. Nothing against the guy who made it, nice job. This is little more than some big feet and rough framing of something that is starting to look like a 14 foot robot. The chest is obviously made from some old house windows. The back looks to be fashioned from TV roof antennas. You get the idea. Even the painted still image leaves much to the imagination.

What's become of our beloved Transformers? Have people gone GA-GA over anything Transformers? I guess Transformers have truly arrived as a mass media phenomenon. This is not the first attempt at a life like / size Optimus Prime robot replica. West Loh's Prime Robot is only 7 feet tall, but it is much more advanced in terms of concept and execution. It actually resembles Optimus Prime too.

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Ender - 2010-01-25 @ 3:16 pm

I agree it is very cool of a Dad to do that for his kid.

I think the Taiwanese man has challenged you. Now you have to create an Animated Megatron from scrap metal for placement in your front yard. Get to it!

See I think that is the crux of my philosophical/critical problem here. It has been said in defense of this artwork "I couldn't do that." Like wise, neither can I. I think though is that what I am getting at in terms of my personal enjoyment of the object is, that if I could, I wouldn't.

Kilby - 2010-01-25 @ 2:34 pm

I agree it is very cool of a Dad to do that for his kid.

I think the Taiwanese man has challenged you. Now you have to create an Animated Megatron from scrap metal for placement in your front yard. Get to it!

Ender - 2010-01-25 @ 12:33 pm

I agree it is very cool of a Dad to do that for his kid.

robo_rob - 2010-01-25 @ 4:59 am

There's this guy who lives a few blocks from me who has giant scrap metal works of art all over his yard. My favorite is the T-Rex. I would personally be thrilled to drive by and see a 14 foot Optimus Prime standing next to the cowboy and T-Rex. Sure, it doesn't look exactly like Optimus, but that's kinda it's charm. The guy welded scrap metal to look like that, and that's pretty cool in my book.

I'd love to see that thing in person, personally.

Ender - 2010-01-25 @ 4:11 am

Dude...Endor or Primus (who ever you are), Yes you have your own opinion but as a journalist you need to be objective and post your opinions elsewhere. So please, do us all a favor and remove the article from the TFormers front page and replace it with a more tasteful approach, it's frakking embarrassing!

For the record, I am not Primus.

I know I'm "Staff" and honestly I do soften some comments I make in the forums because of that, but when I'm not writing an article I feel I'm allowed to express opinion. I said I didn't like it and made a variety of "to much free time" joke.

Primus was just trying to make a flat article readable. Clearly the response here has been negative and believe me it has been taken note of.

All of us on the news staff do our best to bring news to you all in a timely, accurate, organized, and enjoyable manor. Sometimes these efforts fall flat.

When ever you put your self out you open yourself up to criticism. It goes both ways here. Some people have expressed themselves well in registering complaint about the tone of the article, but some others have responded in a tone just as sardonic as the article itself.

Its ironic, we have an article about how its subject doesn't deserve to be an article, and people hurling wise cracks at someone who does a lot of work out of a love for the Transformers, deriding him for throwing wise cracks at someone who does a lot of work out of love for the Transformers.

TRANS-Lego-MaN - 2010-01-25 @ 1:15 am

it's nice through, you have to think about how much time he put into that to get even this far, i don't think the windows on his chest should be that big but you know it's not gonna be perfect.

NeoManji - 2010-01-25 @ 12:44 am

Thanks. I am sorry if anyone was offended. I don't want you to feel I am protecting anyone. This really was meant to be in fun. That was NOT intentional. We have been around for years with only the reward of your gratification. Thanks for that. Unfortunately because we are not true professional journalists, there will be mistakes made from time to time. Your patience and understanding while we figure that out is much appreciated. :tfgrin

I believe the man built it for/with his son and not specifically for attention. It was touching to see a father doing for his son, no matter what the result of his efforts. He used his skills as a welder to build something his son probably thought was the coolest thing in the world.. Not to mention the fact the kid is now the envy of his neighborhood. It's something they can be proud of. As a father and a TFan I thought it was an honorable and enviable accomplishment that shouldn't have been disrespected.

BaCon - 2010-01-25 @ 12:31 am

Thanks. I am sorry if anyone was offended. I don't want you to feel I am protecting anyone. This really was meant to be in fun. That was NOT intentional. We have been around for years with only the reward of your gratification. Thanks for that. Unfortunately because we are not true professional journalists, there will be mistakes made from time to time. Your patience and understanding while we figure that out is much appreciated. :tfgrin

skullfire - 2010-01-25 @ 12:26 am

BaCon-

I know you are going to bat for your buddy and that's cool. But because TFormers site has had a great reputation as a clean respectable resource for everything transformers, the presentation of this article comes as a shock. For those of us who have been with the site for so many years, this type of article creates memories of why so many fans abandoned other Transformer Fan sites and boards in favor TFormers, literally making this site the number one Tranformers site. Other sites that didn't want to end up buried cleaned up their act and retained their fan base, but for the most part TFormers and TFans boards have always been the favorite for as long as I can remember.

We here don't care what other sites like endGadget are saying...we are not on their boards, we are on this one! This is why we are pitching a fit over an article that can be clearly seen as incredible insensitive and with out any form of maturity. From a PR perspective, this is really bad. I can imagine it now, the Chinese news station finds this and the reporter says "while many other fan sites of Transformers like TFW2005 received our story well,it was shocking to read the unkind and intensive response made by TFormers". Okay this will probably NEVER happen but I think you get the point (I'll laugh my ass off if it does :rofl ).

The TFans here are upset over this article not because we think "the Prime" so cool, but because it really puts a "Brown Skid Mark" on a site we love. We are bitching, BaCon because we care about your site and we acknowledge the hard work you have put into it. This article is not the end of the world but we here are making a big deal of it because once we let this go then I'm sure it's all down hill from here. It's nothing against you, but the fandom obviously feels that Endor/Primus's was completely out of character or TFormers and misrepresents what a fan of Transformers are about.

I mean really, do you actually want to be known as being such a "dorky fanboy snob" that you can't find something positive to say about the efforts of a man who shares the same interests as we do?

My first impression of you, BaCon, when I met you at Comic Con was that you were a pretty level headed and understanding business man who has a genuine love for Sci Fi toys and collecting and for the fans who share your interests. I have confidence that you'll get where we are coming from.

Thank you for your understanding,

-Skullfire

I appreciate that the news story was edited. I found the original to be rather abrasive. I've been coming to TFormers for quite a number of years for news and have always appreciated the maturity and tact that the site represents.

One thing I can say about it is I've never actually been tempted to post till now. So there's that.

"Man Owns Internet with Optimus Prime Built of Junk"

Ah cool!!! just now saw this. I was too damn busy writing my long ass post to BaCon, hahahaha

Good man, BaCon...thanks for the change.

NeoManji - 2010-01-24 @ 11:57 pm

I appreciate that the news story was edited. I found the original to be rather abrasive. I've been coming to TFormers for quite a number of years for news and have always appreciated the maturity and tact that the site represents.

One thing I can say about it is I've never actually been tempted to post till now. So there's that.

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