21-Foot-Tall Transformer Robot

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Port Hope, Ontario

Although not officially an Optimus Prime, the 21-foot-tall robot that stands outside a Canadian antiques and crafts store sure looks like one. Sculpted over seven months in Southeast Asia, the robot -- made of old truck, scooter, and lawnmower parts -- arrived in late 2012 to much local hullabaloo. Owners Ron Dacey and Rhonda Cook commissioned it as a way to mark the 10th anniversary of their store, Primitive Designs, which sells smaller robots, also made in Southeast Asia (Are there no Canadian robot builders?). Probably the biggest robot in North America.

21-Foot-Tall Transformer Robot

Primitive Designs

2762 County Rd 28, Port Hope, ON, Canada
Primitive Designs. From Toronto drive east on Hwy 401 for 89 kilometers (1 hour). Take exit 464. Follow signs to Hwy 28. Drive north 1.5 kilometers. You'll see the store, with the robot outside, on the left. Note: the Robot is taken indoors when the store closes for the winter.
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