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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Transformer - Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime - Big Truck, Big Heart - Front

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.

Optimus Prime - Big Truck, Big Heart - Side View

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.

Optimus Prime - Big Truck, Big Heart - Rear

Since Optimus doesn't pull a trailer in Transformers, it was important that he be just as photogenic from the rear as the front.

Optimus Prime - Big Truck, Big Heart - Fiery Paint Job

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.

Optimus Prime - Big Truck, Big Heart - Autobot Badge

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.

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