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LegoFormers Reformatted Autobot "Optimus Primal" LDD / Truk not munky... erm maybe?
Something I've had in my head all weekend....
About this creation
Back in the 90's the Transformers fandom was divided in two, those who loved Beast Wars and those who wanted something more G1 (ie cars and planes). The Geewunner camp became noted for the catchphrase "truk not munky" a reference to the fact Optimus Prime (a semi-truck) had been replaced by Optimus Primal, a Gorilla.




I've always toyed with the idea of creating a Transformer that basically incorporated this debate into one design and this weekend I was reminded of that idea when I saw an actual Semi-truck outside my apartment.



My first idea was to create a truck Transformer with a Gorilla third mode, a triple changer, but so far the engineering for that is proving a little complicated, so I skipped that idea and moved to my second notion.



A robot monkey/gorilla who transforms into a truck.



The colours are deliberate to mislead you into thinking this is going to be Optimus Prime, in reality I suppose you could call this Primal Prime?



There are issues and it is a very rough doodle to get the idea into a virtual form to upload. Maybe with another hour I could have worked out the kinks a little better, certainly the legs are lacklustre and the main body is a little fragile.



The head is overtly exposed in Vehicle mode, though not as much as some of my Optimus designs.









Name - Ape Link
Faction - Autobot
Function - Warrior
Motto - I'm no monkey!
Description - Back on Cybertron Ape Link was at home swinging from power lines and launching between roof tops in his simian robot form. After arriving on Earth he adopted a truck vehicle mode and the mocking began.
Weapons - twin chest mounted cannons become smoke stacks in vehicle mode.
Weakness - Call him a monkey and he looses all reason, he's an APE damn it!



As ever comments welcome, rate if you like and please no spam. A credit would be polite if you copy elements of the design or idea.



Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  December 4, 2016
Cool!! It's funny, I started building my own Headmaster Primal Prime truck-gorilla out of Kre-O bricks back in 2012. I'm still tweaking it, it will eventually combine with a trailer to form a proper robot mode for Optimus. It's weird how you ended up using the back of the truck for the arms, down do the fingers hanging off the back just like I did. Have you actually built your model with bricks? I'd be curious to build your mini version to see if it could be improved (I would first try to move the front wheels closer to the front).
 I like it 
  December 3, 2016
Now that's funny! Here's a project I started in 2012. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/threads/truck-or-monkey-both-kre-o-primal-prime.685637/ My version is a Headmaster, driver transforms into Primal's gorilla head.
 I like it 
  June 15, 2015
You should have called him Optimus Primate haha!
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  June 14, 2015
Pretty awesome mash up!It made me look this up https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRYeRexBQvHrtfiaKRa8w-WS1sfLhe2wI-YDS8CqwBH1IWpDO4cvQ looks like a fun build! Good work
 I made it 
  May 28, 2015
Quoting Damon Corso nice work, i love how compact this little guy is.
thanks.
 I like it 
  May 27, 2015
nice work, i love how compact this little guy is.
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  May 26, 2015
Quoting Caleb S Never heard of him, but he sounds like a lame character. I can see why he didn't last. Great job!
Actually it isn't an official character so it never actually existed.
 I made it 
  May 26, 2015
Quoting Nils O. Cool, you could call him "Optimus Primate" ;-)) Great job! :-))
Lol I like that.
 I like it 
  May 26, 2015
Cool, you could call him "Optimus Primate" ;-)) Great job! :-))
 I made it 
  May 26, 2015
Quoting Caleb S Never heard of him. Great job!
That's probably because I made him up.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2015
Never heard of him, but he sounds like a lame character. I can see why he didn't last. Great job!
 I made it 
  May 25, 2015
Quoting Oran Cruzen Congratulations on being on the "This week's most discussed LEGOŽ creations" page.
Thanks.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2015
Congratulations on being on the "This week's most discussed LEGOŽ creations" page.
 I made it 
  May 25, 2015
Quoting Hildigrim Took awesome work!!! that made me laugh :)
That was the plan. :)
 I made it 
  May 25, 2015
Quoting Stephan Niehoff Wow, that's just awesome. Looks like a lot of planning.
Honestly not as much as you would think.
 I made it 
  May 25, 2015
Quoting Scott Bourgeois Truck, not monkey! Geewun forwever! LOL! I actually liked Optimus Primal, this is a fantastic tribute to both Prime and Primal. Awesome ape / truck!
Oh I'm no geewunner, far from it. I thought all the monkey hate was ridiculous. That's kind of what I was knocking here, Transformers have been all sorts, it's characters not alt modes that matter.
 I made it 
  May 25, 2015
Quoting Mihe Stonee that'S too funny :-) !!! imagine this version in the last movie... !
Not seen any of the movies since the abysmal revenge of the fallen.
 I made it 
  May 25, 2015
Quoting Stephan Niehoff Wow, that's just awesome. Looks like a lot of planning.
Yes and no, I've had the idea in my head for awhile, but the build was done in about an hour.
 I made it 
  May 25, 2015
Quoting Daz Hyland Such a cool idea. His chest cannons could be trap cannons that fire banana peels to incapacitate foes. Awesome build the Ape mode is my favourite of the 2.
Ape mode turned out ok, but I've done better.
 I made it 
  May 25, 2015
Quoting David Roberts That's brilliant. A neat truck and figure with loads of character, who is very different too. Excellent and it made me smile!
I thought it might give people a chuckle.
 I like it 
  May 24, 2015
awesome work!!! that made me laugh :)
 I like it 
  May 24, 2015
Wow, that's just awesome. Looks like a lot of planning.
 I like it 
  May 24, 2015
Truck, not monkey! Geewun forwever! LOL! I actually liked Optimus Primal, this is a fantastic tribute to both Prime and Primal. Awesome ape / truck!
 I like it 
  May 24, 2015
that'S too funny :-) !!! imagine this version in the last movie... !
 I like it 
  May 24, 2015
Such a cool idea. His chest cannons could be trap cannons that fire banana peels to incapacitate foes. Awesome build the Ape mode is my favourite of the 2.
  May 24, 2015
That's brilliant. A neat truck and figure with loads of character, who is very different too. Excellent and it made me smile!
 
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