Until All Are One
I was raised on many 80’s pop culture staples, but my overall favorite was The Transformers. Generation one, in particular.
I don’t like many of Michael Bay’s designs, honestly. A friend of mine described them as:
“Bayformers are G.I. Joes dipped in glue and rolled around in crushed death star model greebles.”
When I grew up (::cough:: laugh ::cough::) in my 20’s I used to dream of going to toy stores and finding new Transformers that were made for me. And then, soon after that, the Masterpiece editions were introduced. I have nearly all of them (well, the ones that are issued in DIE CAST METAL) and they’re rather good.
Yet that wasn’t enough for me. I made a promise to myself when I was younger, hoping to become successful, that if and when I reached that level I wanted that I’d do some FUN and CRAZY SHIT that would make a 9 year old Cliff’s head EXPLODE. (Italian sports cars are one of those fantasies!)
So my friend Eric Holmes turned me on to www.frenzyrumble.com. I contacted him and commissioned him to make the FOREVER OPTIMUS PRIME statue for my new home. It would be prominently displayed with pride because, hey, Decepticons are fucking losers as we all know.
This scene still makes me misty.
It took Frenzy a while - over a year. There were times he’d go radio silent. I’d given him a solid deposit on good faith. (Besides, if he never delivered I’d put him on blast on social. :)) I thought it would never happen. Turns out he had a ton going on in his personal life as well as the fact that this was one of the most challenging builds he’s ever done.
At the end of the day we opted to not have Prime transform in order to have better poseability and articulation. (Besides, I’m almost 40, and figuring out that shit is kind of hard when you get older and I’d be afraid of breaking it.) It’s got a voice pack and the eyes blink along with the several voice phrases.
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings. Transform, and roll out.
Thanks, Mike, for all your hard work.
(27 inches tall…without the base. The coins are for scale!)
(Yes, that’s the classic little Bumblebee in his palm.)
Is that you down there, Spike?
THE MATRIX OF LEADERSHIP INCLUDED BABY! LIGHTS UP!
Mike’s not going to be thrilled i’m posting this shot as I think it’s a camera phone but I had to include the base because it’s gorgeous.
That’s all! Hope you enjoyed this peek. I’m sure he’ll post higher res ones and close-ups soon. I just hope shipping doesn’t destroy the damned thing.
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