The combined box office revenues generated by the Transformers movie series equated to around a whopping $2.7 billion. Now, we would smartly steer clear of commenting on their overall cinematic quality, but the aforementioned figures allude to one major point. And that the tremendous amount of fan following these extraterrestrial robots garner, while showing off their highfalutin technology and boisterous fighting skills.
Originally starting out as a toy line (from Hasbro), the metallic sentients have made their way into a myriad of (profitable) franchises. And going along with their rampant commercial progression, there have been some among us common folk, who have shown their heartfelt tribute to the glimmering alien heroes. Self declared artist and cosplay enthusiast Peter Kokis is one of them, and he has painstakingly created some intriguingly detailed Transformers costumes. But the even more fascinating part is that he has ingeniously designed them from mundane household items.
Most of us are mildly perturbed or even exasperated by all the so called junk lying around our bed rooms, kitchens and dark attics. But as they say: one man's trash is the other man's treasure. In this case, Kokis salvaged a plethora of such random household items, and then embarked on a journey of adroit (yet somewhat quirky) creativity. As we see, all of his conception encompasses the Autobots (the good guys in the Transformers universe). But judging by the pictures, beyond their factional attributes, I am sure many of you are smitten by the high level of sheer craftsmanship.
The robotic contraptions were designed in Brooklyn's RobotWorks foundry, where the artist has literally spent hundreds of hours crafting them. So, without further ado, let us check out some of the conceptions individually (while, we also have a wealth of galleries for you to gleefully gawk at).
1. Brooklyn Ironhide
One the most famous Autobots from the Transformers series, Ironhide is the weapons specialist of the robust alien team. Throughout the series, he has also being imagined as a tough soldier (with his right eye having a large scar surrounding it, in the films). Coming back to the design, the artist has complimented his created with a boisterous demeanor and some heavy hand cannons. According to him, the whole process of deftly assembling the household components took around 600 hours, with the final weight of Ironhide's exoskeleton being marked at 164 lbs.
Some of the bizarre yet easily available materials used in the construction were: Brooklyn tourist giftshop license plate, football chest protector, 2 hockey leg guards, 2 shin guards, extreme sport body armor, 69 velcro straps, dog bowl, salad spinner, 2 corn cobbers, plastic hangers, 6 toilet paper roll holders (2 full assemblies), 2 spatulas, 2 gardening hand tools, 6 sweeper shroud sleeves, 4 toothbrush holders and so on.
2. Brooklyn Bumblebee
The yellow with black stripe Chevrolet Camaro model with a radio induced vocabulary needs no introduction to the die-hard Transformers fans. In this case, the artist has retained significant elements of the Bumblebee, much in allusion to its incarnation in the film series. Again, according to him the conception took around 350 hours to build with 145 lbs in total weight.
Some of the odd materials used in the construction were: dish drain basin parts, 2 apple corers, sport shinguards, 4 phone handsets, huge quantity of plumbing piping, doorknob wall guards, 2 toilet tissue holders, 4 sponge holders, lots of closet pole hardware, 5 doorstops, coat hooks, buttons, foam padding, shoe horns, auto cig lighter plugs, 3 contact lense cases, speakers and so on.
3. Brooklyn Optimus Prime
Of course, the list would be incomplete without Optimus Prime: the wise and platonic leader of the Autobots. The artist has maintained the same color scheme of blue, silver-white and red for his exoskeleton. In this case, Kokis took around a whopping 450 hours to contrive the robust costume, with a final weight of 120 lbs. The end result as usual is nigh enticingly perfect. And this time we will not give the exasperating list of the novel items used in the construction process (as I gather, you have already gotten some clear idea).
Finally coming to the commercial scheme of things, according to the designer, all of the costumes are available for: private or corporate parties, special events, promotions, parades & festivals, photo & video shoots. Anyway, in our book, whether it be a cosplay convention or Halloween, these superbly conceived ultra futuristic costumes are sure going give your friends (and their 'sylvan in comparison' get ups) a serious run for their money.