Minor/Repaint: Optimus Prime--Manager's X-Mas Gift

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  1. Pun-3X

    Pun-3X Well-Known Member

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    So, our work does the Secret Santa thing every year, and I got my boss. One thing about her is that she's extremely patriotic; there's a table in the corner of her office that has a lot of American Flag and USA items on display. Nothing crazy, but it's there. So I got this idea in my head and couldn't let it go. After purchasing the ROTF Replica's Prime and the smallest fabric-based flag I could find, I set to work.

    You can see that the base comes from one the Titanium line toys, and the flag pole is styrene plastic tubing. One thing about ROTF Rep. Prime is that he has a blade for his right hand. So I had to cut that off and sculpt the 'stub' into something resembling a hand. You can see it in the close-up shots. A little JB Weld made up the thumb, though it wasn't as defined as I wanted.

    I also painted him here and there--the upper shoulders in blue being the most noticeable. Also cut off the jutting-out portions at his pelvis and repainted. Used good ol' super glue on his feet and the bottom of the flag pole to secure him. All his joints were glued together so he would be more secure.

    The party/dinner was last night, since it was the only friday that people weren't on vacation. My manager love him. She's not into TFs, but the symbolism worked like I'd wanted. Of course, I also bought a pack of scented hand lotions that I knew she wanted--just in case. :D 

    Thought I'd share it here for you all to see. Wish I'd taken more angle shots, but I only thought to take pics before heading out to work yesterday.
     

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  2. Archangel_B4U

    Archangel_B4U Well-Known Member

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    nice idea but not sure about the part about giving it to the boss though. you said she is extremely patriotic, well she might she might see OP as a japanese symbol like anime etc. but I could be wrong though either case it looks like somthing I would have on my desk
     
  3. destrongerlupus

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    Great work!


    I couldn't disagree more! I don't think many people in the mainstream think of Transformers as "Japanese toys"

    And if that DID cause her any concern, then even the shortest primer on the history of the TF brand would definitely play to the US-patriot.

    The "Convoy" toy may have been Japanese in origin, but it did not become an ICON (or even particularly commercially successful) until Home-Town-USA-Pawtucket-RI-Toy-Company Hasbro invented the CHARACTER of Optimus Prime and the Transformers Brand.

    It may be Japanese engineering, but it's American story-telling and American Marketing that has made Transformers special!

    D/L
    *Who's actually more of a JTF fan, but even Japan TF's are kind of weird by mecha-anime standards, because of the US-influence. I LOVE them FOR this uniqueness*
     
  4. Pun-3X

    Pun-3X Well-Known Member

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    Thanks--you've summed it up just right. The average U.S. person recognizes Prime from the point of view of American storytelling. An extreme few (outside of the TF fandom) know anything about their Japanese origins. And, as I said, she enjoyed it very much so it was a great success. :) 
     
  5. Crimsonthunder

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    U.s.a forever!
     
  6. red4

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    does Cybertron have its own flag?
     
  7. jametron

    jametron Release the Kraken!!!!!!!

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    Yes! She's patriotic and loves America! Therefore she must hate Japan!!!

    WTF dude?? What does one thing have to do with the other? I mean, I think I understand where you were coming from, but it's also a pretty shortsighted and uneducated view of patriotism and the world at large!
     

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