Here is the process I had to create Laserbeak:
This is when I stopped having the rivets show so it has more of an even,-shaded look. Took 8 months to build. From the top down, it features removable face with light up eyes and the inside was split down the middle. The blue windows are fabric so it can breathe. The upper arms and elbows are made with heavily modified drainage tubes. The forearm has a "communicator" with a picture of Optimus and keyboard keys. A LED shines on the "screen" so it lights up. The fingers are all articulated with an armor look to them. The gun can make 11 different sounds with lights down the barrel. When you hold the trigger down halfway, a targeting LED is a makeshift laser sight. The ankles are very agile, so it looks very cool when dancing at the clubs.
Optimus Prime 2004:
This one took a full year to make. It features removable face with light-up eyes and air holes hidden above and on the sides of the mouthplate - I stand 6.5 feet tall, so you don't really notice them. There is a hand control that turns on the fan inside the back, the shoulder lights, and opens and closes the chest doors. When they open, a pressure switch on the removable matrix turns on. The forearm houses a "communicator" with a picture of Bumblebee and keyboard buttons. When you open it, a LED shines on the "screen". The midsection is a separate piece for more mobility. All the fingers move. The Cannon has a Laser Challenge transmitter that will work with Megatron when I upgrade him. It makes sounds and lights, and you have to hit the clip to "reload". There is 29 batteries total powering this thing. This is also when I started making all the black lines grooves in the armor plates. The gray cannisters on the upper shin can open up to hold my wallet and stuff.
My first cardboard costume. I started out making paper models I found on the internet, and when I ran out, I decided to make my own. I was going to paint my face at first, but thought that it would look out of place, so that's how I came up with the removable face. I didn't start lighting the eyes until after the first night I took it out. There is one arm with the cannon, and one without. That's what will hopefully use Laserbeak. The arm weighs more than the rest of the costume because of the batteries and giant cardboard tubes. The stomach-plate opens up to hold my wallet. It's pretty, but my later designs got better.