I was recently contacted by costume master Peter Kokis, who let me know his amazing Brooklyn Optimus Prime has been upgraded to Version 6! Peter makes incredible costumes out of ordinary household items. I’ve happily blogged about his Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Terminator costumes in the past.
Peter provided a lot of information in his email, explaining what new features he’s added, and he also provides some helpful tips for cosplayers and costume makers.
So, without further ado…. Heeeeeere’s Peter!
New shoulder frames, knees and lower legs that are more representative of the character, as well as some more armor panels, and a lot more detailing / gizmos all over his body. I finally gave him a groin (no comment…) as I realized the need to put something in that area on every robot. It’s also lot of little things – nothing special for any one thing – but when put all together really adds up.
I endeavor to make all my robots ‘visually busy’ to the point that if you encounter me, you can’t take it all in, especially in passing. I like to see eyes darting all over me as I storm past (I move quickly when performing, rarely staying put for too long). My guide for ALL costumes is: head, chest, hands, & feet. Everything else will follow. These are the things people are hard-wired to look at when meeting someone, consciously or not. Being visually overwhelming also ensures that if something on a costume goes wrong during a performance – breaks off, misaligns, etc. – that people won’t notice it…you know…one tree in a forest…
Brooklyn Prime has got a couple more photoshoots pending (waiting for temps below 80 deg.), and will be out and about a lot this fall (when the temps drop!) and hitting a lot of the comic cons, as he’s a manageable 120 lbs. I plan on three robots during the three days of the NY Comic Con this October, and B-Prime will be there one day. I expect B-Ironhide to weigh about 160 lbs., so he’ll definitely be more of an indoor / stationary guy. His arms will be so weaponized, so heavy, that my hands will rest on midsection supports and his arms will stay locked. Brooklyn Terminator will be at NYCC also.
Fate-willing and sunshine-only, as I say…
A tip for cosplayers in detailed or ‘armored’ costumes: during a very big event recently, I had something break off me, a stress fracture. The piece was important to me – I didn’t want to lose it – so I had to hold it for the rest of the performance. This was a big event, and because of this I could no longer ‘high-five’ people as I passed by the thousands, a major bummer for me. So now, at all performances I carry on my body a couple plastic bundle-ties and a shoelace, so I can temporarily secure something should it break off.
Thanks, Peter! AMAZING! work! You can learn more about Peter’s “Brooklyn” costumes by visiting: