Optimus Prime Evolution of a Pop Culture Hero Exhibit at University of South Florida

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dharmacon dropped by our 2005 Boards to share something that is doubtless going to be of interest to all you fans in the South Florida area – from June 2 to August 3 2012, there will be an exhibition charting the evolution of Optimus Prime at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. This cool exhibition in dharmacon’s own words “features roughly 100 figures, including many of the major Optimus Prime toys that have been released in the U.S. since 1984, along with plenty of toys from more ancillary product lines (e.g., Heroes of Cybertron, MyClone, Kre-O, etc.). It also features products and merchandise, narrative text and facts, a selection of comic books featuring Prime on the cover, and a display case devoted to the four voice actors that have given life to Optimus Prime over the years.

As an added bonus, there are also letters from three of Optimus Prime’s four voice actors in the exhibit. Garry Chalk (voice of Optimus Primal and Optimus Prime 2002-2006), Neil Kaplan (Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime) and David Kaye (Transformers Animated Optimus Prime) have all contributed some honest and heartfelt thoughts about Optimus Prime, the fans and the greater Transformers Legacy.

It’s pitched at a general audience, so it may not have anything that fans like us do not already know, but if you are in the area then head on by and take a look – it genuinely sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon. Check out the University library opening hours here.

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  1. dharmacon's Avatar dharmacon says

    Hey everyone! Just a heads up for all central Florida fans that I have unveiled an exhibit devoted to Optimus Prime over at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

    The exhibit features roughly 100 figures, including many of the major Optimus Prime toys that have been released in the U.S. since 1984, along with plenty of toys from more ancillary product lines (e.g., Heroes of Cybertron, MyClone, Kre-O, etc.). It also features products and merchandise, narrative text and facts, a selection of comic books featuring Prime on the cover, and a display case devoted to the four voice actors that have given life to Optimus Prime over the years.

    I will qualify this exhibit in the same way that I did the one I presented last year: this is tailored for general audiences, not just ultra-diehard fans. I think that for any fans in the area, it would be a very pleasant way to spend part of an afternoon, but make no mistake: there is probably not much in this exhibit you don’t already have and/or haven’t seen before.

    However, I am extremely proud to say that David Kaye, Garry Chalk and Neil Kaplan have each made personal, unique contributions to this exhibit: each of them was kind enough to write a letter to have put on display, one which describes their feelings about being Optimus Prime and their association with the Transformers. Not surprisingly, each of them wrote some amazingly honest, heartfelt things about Prime, the fans, and their continued association with the TF legacy. (I tried—and am still trying—to get Peter Cullen on board, but as you can imagine he is very hard to get in touch with.)

    Anyway, here are the essentials for anyone who’s interested:

    Exhibit runs June 2 to August 3 at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus. Check here for library hours. Note that they will be CLOSED several days this summer.




    UPDATE 6/12:
    I am in the process of building a fully-fledged online version of the exhibit. In the meantime, here are a few pics from it:













  2. ckhtiger's Avatar ckhtiger says

    awesome! my dad lives in Jacksonville, and I wish I could take a visit down there this summer to check out your exhibit.

  3. The Crazy Collector's Avatar The Crazy Collector says

    Sounds sweet! Wish it wasn't on the other side of the country though. Please, someone take lots of pics and share with the rest of us!

  4. Rated X's Avatar Rated X says

    It's funny how the "University of South Florida" is not anywhere in "South Florida". Coming from a Miami native, South Florida officially ends after West Palm Beach. Anything higher up we consider swamp country or red counties. On topic, I would love to see the exhibit if it travels down to South Florida. Im suprised they couldnt get a letter from Peter Cullen for the exhibit. But after his limiting autographs at Botcon, I suppose he thinks he is Mickey Mantle.

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