World’s First Fan-Built Optimus Prime | RIDICULOUS RIDES

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JOE FIDUCCIA: This is the only fan built replica
that’s out there. There is only two other trucks like it and those are the trucks that
are owned by Paramount. JOE FIDUCCIA: My name is Joe Fiduccia. I am
the owner of the world’s first fan built replica of Optimus Prime from Transformers
– Age of Extinction. COMM: This is 36-year-old father Joe. He has
built a full size replica of Optimus Prime – one of the most renowned vehicles from
the Transformers movies. Taking more than 4 billion dollars at the box office, Transformers has fast become one of the biggest franchises in the world. JOE FIDUCCIA: In the 80s, he was the leader
of the Autobots, he still is leader of the Autobots. He is that character that has the
strong morals, the strong ethics. He is always looking after the little guy, always making
sure that everybody else is taken care of. COMM: But that wasn’t the main reason why
Joe decided to built the giant replica. JOE FIDUCCIA: The inspiration behind this
truck was for my son. Ryan loves the Transformers just as much as I do. He has probably got
hundreds of characters in his room stocked away and to be able to build something like this
for him I mean he was the main reason I did this. RYAN FIDUCCIA: I love Optimus Prime. It’s
just so cool having in your yard. COMM: With the help of close friends and external parties, Joe worked tirelessly day and night
to complete the job and own the world’s first fan built replica. JOE FIDUCCIA: In total there was probably about 25 people including myself that were
involved with this build. One of the first things I had to do or actually chose to do
was get legal permission from Hasbro to build it and we had our legal team contact them
and about a month later we got a letter in the mail from Hasbro saying that they approved. COMM: Weighing around 21,000 pounds, the spectacular truck is 30 feet long and just under 12 feet wide and that means another
tough job for Joe. JOE FIDUCCIA: Unfortunately, there is no car wash big enough to take Optimus Prime through.
Washing Optimus Prime is a full-time job in itself. Especially during the winter time
when all the salts from the roads kick up and just a little drive around town and all of a sudden I have got five hours of cleaning ahead of me. JOE FIDUCCIA: We actually ended up lowering
it by about two inches because the original Optimus truck was much higher but that creates
a hazard for us when we’re driving. JOE FIDUCCIA: The truck alone has a Detroit DD 15 motor in it. It’s a standard Detroit
motor. No fabrication or modifications have been done to the motor. Optimus is maxed out
at 65 miles an hour. He can’t go any faster than that. JOE FIDUCCIA: The paint scheme on this thing is quite intense. He has got the red and blue
warrior colours on. But he also has a bunch of Autobot logos all over him. Between the
front and the back there is over 16 logos. JOE FIDUCCIA: Obviously one of the big things that you notice right off the bat is the big
Autobot logo here on the front of the truck. This was actually a solid block of aluminum
that was custom cut to fit the contours of the hood here and that was one of the most
complicated pieces we had to make. COMM: Joe admits now the truck is complete, he gets attention wherever he goes. JOE FIDUCCIA: Everybody’s got their cameras
out; everybody is pointing. PITMAN SWEN: It’s larger than life. I am a huge fan. When I first drove up, I thought
it was the real thing. RYAN FIDUCCIA: I am really proud for my dad making this. It took him a lot of time, a
lot of effort. It was worth it in the end. JOE FIDUCCIA: I could not have built Optimus Prime without the support of my family. It
makes a big difference when you go up to somebody and you tell them no matter what’s going
on in your life, no matter how impossible something seems, whether you are a kid or
a grown adult, don’t ever be afraid to try, you know. Don’t ever be afraid to pursue
what seems impossible because you never know. One day you could be in the driver’s seat
of Optimus Prime.


Brock · July 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Imagine not getting a clip of it not standing up.

Dream King · July 6, 2019 at 4:53 pm

I was waiting for that mofo to stand up 🤣

Rahat Ahmed · July 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm

I like it very much

Alex Sherman · July 8, 2019 at 2:45 pm

This dude is a literal god

Ivan Barragan · July 11, 2019 at 9:38 pm

One shall stand one shall fall -the last prime

Virginia Lover Productions · July 13, 2019 at 2:46 am

I'm glad he took a lot of time to make his son feel more happy. He has earned my respect. Also, Optimus looks soo movie accurate!

MrControversy · July 22, 2019 at 2:34 am

wait…wasnt he first a cabover?

Truck Driver · July 24, 2019 at 10:57 am


Squirrel · July 25, 2019 at 12:54 am

Its just a paint job and exhaust pipes. How is it a replica?

Keegan Foster · July 27, 2019 at 12:06 am

Don’t be driving it in the salt 😭

Joshua · July 27, 2019 at 3:49 am

Now all he has to do is take Optimus to mcdonalds.

Devan Key · July 28, 2019 at 2:09 pm

this is cool but… he takes a drive around town than has five hours of cleaning ahead of him?? thats just too much water being wasted to clean a fan made unit

Cyborg—fizz 12 · July 30, 2019 at 7:12 am

I’m always thinking to myself there’s no way someone would ever be able to do this, and I find videos like this on YouTube, and I say to myself. Boy the world is growing way faster than I thought!

Swagger man27 · August 3, 2019 at 4:11 am

I love it just like the movie and g1 transformers

Spino Playz · August 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

Next up, Megatron revenge of the fallen tank (forgot which movie had the tank mode)

Lil Peep · August 4, 2019 at 11:37 pm

Should’ve built a cabover instead

Cj Plays Games · August 4, 2019 at 11:44 pm

Met the guy who built this on July 4th 2019. Pretty chill guy, very passionate about this project and its a clear message that once you set your mind to it, you can do it.

Stephen Ryu · August 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm

This is a great video

Cant stand liberals · August 6, 2019 at 1:57 am

Must be nice to have a job to make the cash to build that! Knowledge is power aka money lol!

No Thank you · August 6, 2019 at 12:20 pm

I assure you there are truck washes to fit your rig

công tướng xấu xa · August 6, 2019 at 2:52 pm

DD 15

MINECRAFT WILL BE KING AGAIN · August 9, 2019 at 8:56 pm

Now all it needs is the trailer

ประชุมพร รูปโฉม · August 10, 2019 at 1:26 pm


Muhammad Awis abd Shahadan · August 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm


CyberTiger 45 · August 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm

From Bayformers not Transformers

Don’t you compare

ben duffin · August 12, 2019 at 1:20 am

Makes me wanna buy a Peterbilt 379 and make a model of Optimus from the first three movies, that or buy a Peterbilt 352 and make a G1 style Optimus

EPileptIC Gaming · August 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm

I know the guy who drove the actual Optimus prime truck from the last two movies for all the filming and transporting

96 Raven · August 13, 2019 at 7:40 am


Rahul S · August 15, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Imagine this truck actually transforming into Optimus Prime.

Lucky Safety · August 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

Ohh yeah…. hell yeah…. his back his alive! Optimus is here!

Xpert help Tech · August 20, 2019 at 7:39 am

if i want this paint job on my truck where i can get please let me know

surag suru · August 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm


Kiingjes 2 · August 25, 2019 at 5:16 am

he isn’t the first my father and his bestfriend did it in the 2000s and took it to the premiere with bumblebee and arcee

J G · August 26, 2019 at 10:53 am

I missed the part where it transforms

Clash Dashing · August 26, 2019 at 11:22 pm


Facts · August 27, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Deception disliked the video

Fahrizal 465 · August 28, 2019 at 2:15 pm


EMIL SIMAO · August 28, 2019 at 9:32 pm


syndicate cruze · August 28, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Ummm, can it transform ?

Me MeS · September 1, 2019 at 9:33 pm

Did he forgive hot rod yet

Streetrocker28 · September 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm

I liked the Peterbilt version more but the western star one is still one handsome hell of a beast!

Lucas test lab · September 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Now it just needs a torso and a voice etc.

The impossible, is possible, if you do what it takes, to make it happen 😀

无法无天毁灭者 · September 9, 2019 at 9:39 am

What model of the truck original is?

twistedyogert · September 9, 2019 at 10:25 pm

There's cosplay and then there's this.

Tfue · September 10, 2019 at 9:19 pm

Saying transformers is the biggest box office franchise like ummm what about the avengers

commander cody * · September 10, 2019 at 11:10 pm

That is so cool

John ggg · September 13, 2019 at 12:18 am

Your son looks like a school shooter

Adiba Syakira atmarini · September 14, 2019 at 3:07 am


Gage Edwards · September 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

I think I speak for all my fellow truckers when I say ID USE OPTIMUS PRIME FIR MY HAULS. Or turn my truck to look like him

Amber WolfBotPrime · September 15, 2019 at 11:28 pm

Plz bring that truck to Comic-Con in Ottawa in march plz and it's my birthday on the 26 and I want to see Optimis Prime the real truck its Amazing, AWESOME, and if you own that I want to meet you in person too WOW

isaque Chaves · September 16, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Se eu fosse motorista de caminhão,o meu sonho americano seria personalizar um caminhão para ficar igual a esse.

daniel bean · September 19, 2019 at 3:27 am

That's not prime. It's not a flat nose cabover.

John McElroy · September 20, 2019 at 9:59 am

Who else wants this truck like, REALLY BAD?

Ardhana Hariwidagdo · September 21, 2019 at 6:08 am

The coolest big rig ever: optimus prime big [email protected]

VEACH MC · September 26, 2019 at 2:09 pm

I love optimus prime

Samantha G. Reyes · September 27, 2019 at 3:35 am

Wheres Autobots 😕

Pritom Kaneria · September 30, 2019 at 4:32 pm

now.we need megatron

Pritom Kaneria · September 30, 2019 at 4:34 pm

coolest dad ever

Luis Miguel Solorsa · September 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Fabuloso 😎😎😎🙂🙂🤩

Ryan Grobe · October 4, 2019 at 1:32 am

"There are no car washes big enough for optimus prime…" Umm yes there are, they are called truck washes and are available at almost every truck stop in every city.

Obese Monkey · October 6, 2019 at 6:35 pm

Everybody Gangsta til the damn vehicle transforms

Diego Carrillo · October 15, 2019 at 2:35 am

1. Can they make any model from the movie franchise, "Transformers?"
2. Are they still on sale?
3. Is the first Camaro form of Bumblebee still out there?
4. How do you feel about about an interior look tour of every Transformer vehicle?

Elena Arce · October 15, 2019 at 3:02 am

I saw bumblebee in a publix parking lot about 5 years ago, it was soo cool 😎

ToiletProductions · October 15, 2019 at 11:28 pm

I know Ryan because he goes to my school and this truck was there to

ArcherGaming · October 16, 2019 at 10:01 pm

One day ima make enough money to wake one morning and say “you know one what ima make a transformer

dingz · October 18, 2019 at 7:57 am

But, can it transform ?

[Rainy] Gaming · October 19, 2019 at 10:54 am

Nguời Việt Nam nè

Monsta Fishing · October 19, 2019 at 12:19 pm

i hate that they changed his truck to a WS. should of been a Peterbuilt. i hate this dude for what he has done to Optimus Prime's reliability.

DeJuan S · October 20, 2019 at 4:49 am

This is spectacular

jaden summer · October 20, 2019 at 6:54 pm


David Ruiz · October 22, 2019 at 6:32 am

very nice truck 👍

Revy Dragneel · October 22, 2019 at 8:32 pm

“Now that’s just prime!”

Matty Wright Vlogs · October 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Is it for sale

Johnnie Smith · October 25, 2019 at 12:10 am

Nice but should have been a Cabover..

Duh Wolf · October 26, 2019 at 2:35 am

I seen one on I-5 running Washington,Oregon,california all the time since 2015. That's 2 years before this model.

Zenith · October 27, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Imagine it just transformed out of no where

braulio lopez · October 27, 2019 at 7:20 pm

if I'm not mistaken that truck was built by Eric from Tribal Iron Customs in fair lawn, NJ. and painted by Javier Soto and Jonathan Pantheleon.
A quick Instagram search of all three should prove it since they have step by step pictures of the process. I think credit should be given to those three pros.

Random American · October 29, 2019 at 3:08 pm

A truck with ridiculous blue flame design. So, not Optimus then.

Scott Lambert · October 31, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Very nice truck awesome build 👍 👍👍👍

Fawaz Thoufeeque · October 31, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Here is a message to my creators,leave planet Earth alone..because I'm coming for you!!

bluesharp59 · October 31, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Happy Halloween ! Nice video and a Thumb Up !

Hunter the Avenger · October 31, 2019 at 8:41 pm

That is the coolest thing that I have ever seen

power equipment · November 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm

What a weeb. Permission to build a replica?

TwelvN · November 3, 2019 at 3:03 am

Imagine you go outside once and the truck isn't there, instead giant cybertronian footprints.

Deruzzi · November 4, 2019 at 5:34 am

Imagine driving this around , what a flex

Why Am I Here · November 4, 2019 at 11:19 pm

We need someone to make G1 models

R D · November 5, 2019 at 1:39 am

k now we need it to transform into a big bot like thing

Daan Asten · November 5, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Father Loves Son & Son Loves Father or Optimus?

C Peterson · November 6, 2019 at 6:25 am

That is so cool 🤩, (my dad is a truck driver and if I saw him in that, I would go crazy with excitement!)

Papa Bear · November 6, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Autobots transform. Permission??? You own the truck you can do whatever you want with it does Hasbro pay your bills? 🤔🤔🤔

A man With his cigarette · November 8, 2019 at 6:32 am

money 💰
a LOT 💰 money 💰 money