A 22-foot Optimus Prime and a 20-foot Bumblee now stand guard outside G&M Body Shop's two locations in Stillwater, Oklahoma, attracting visitors and, presumably, keeping an eye out for Decepticons. They're the result of a months-long process that, frankly, didn't go quite as planned.
The Autobots were purchased from a company in Thailand and shipped to Oklahoma -- a feat in itself, certainly. But once the statyues arrived, the owners of G&M realized they weren't quite what they had expected. So, they overhauled the robots in disguise themselves.
"After arriving, it wasn't up to our standard of quality when you are up close," states the G&M Facebook page. "From a distance it is hard to tell. The owner made the decision to completely overhaul the statue. After apart it was structurally reinforced, soda-blasted, and completely repainted. Fabricated new lower legs and different pieces throughout. All together it took almost a full year to restore."
He [owner Mikal McCubbin] probably could’ve spent another year on it, honestly," Matt McCubbin, who manages one of the locations, told The Tulsa World.
“The people of Stillwater are really enjoying it,” Mikal McCubbin said. “It’s something for this town.”