Saturday, July 11, 2009
Transformer - Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime has most often been a semi throughout the history of the Transformers. It was only a question as to whether he'd be a cab-over or conventional in the film.
Lots of chrome and lots of lights ensure that Optimus would look dramatic no matter how he was shot. Both trucks modified to portray O.P. were mid-'80s conventional Peterbilts with full sleepers. Their drivetrains — including their enormous six-cylinder diesel engines — were left untouched.
Since Optimus doesn't pull a trailer in Transformers, it was important that he be just as photogenic from the rear as the front.
The fiery paint on Optimus is as good as that on many hot rods. The color scheme also recalls later versions of Optimus seen in the cartoon series.
The Autobot symbol replaces that of Peterbilt's atop the grille. The whole grille has been modified so the truck can't be instantly recognized as Pete and to make producing the toys simpler.