The Transformers logo is recognisable to nearly every youngster in the world, and as a result to loads of parents as well. It’s not something that is necessarily top of my lists, I might get it wrong in a logo quiz, I might get it right, but becuase of my children, it’s something that is ‘out there’ for me!
Optimus Prime is the lead autobot, the head honcho of the gang of automobiles that can transform from a car into a ‘person.’ In Optimus Prime’s case, he can change from a rather large juggernaut lorry thing into the lead Transformer for good. He (does a lorry / robot character have gender?) displays a strong moral code, excellent leadership qualities and brilliant military tactics.
So how does this link to my upcycling and making?
On one level I hope it’s obvious, I’m transforming, just like Optimus. Taking an old used, worn out thing and turning into something else. Hopefully useful, with style and which will sit well in someones home as a new, or at least, new use, item.
In searching out new products, raw materials, some might say ‘junk’ to play with in the man cave I came across a 1950’s camping stove. It was really dirty, hard to make out any marks or writing, and was in a sorry state. (This could be a screenplay for a Transformers movie!)
However, with some elbow grease, Brasso, metal polish and a bit of magic I found some really interesting marks on my newly acquired Swedish primus stove. Low and behold, it’s called an Optimus 00 Primus stove! Now I’m not suggesting that Hasbro and Marvel have nicked the name from a stove company, I’ll leave that to some international jet set lawyer. But it does make you wonder where you could pick up a name from.
My favourite author Lee Child is apparently an Aston Villa fan, so many of his incidental characters in Jack Reacher novels are given monikers paying reference to Villains past and present.
I’ll leave the naming rights for this lamp out there with you.
As always, it’s at Life’s Little Larks, Glovers Court, Preston (@lifeslillarks on Twitter and also to be found on Face Bookywook) waiting for it’s new owner to discover it.
Is that you?
Have a great day!