Creating Superheroes to Survive

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Creating superheroes to survive
Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee masks along with Optimus Prime costumes which are still being worked on. (Photo: IO/Rayi Gigih Priyadi)

Depok, IO – “I am Optimus Prime”. Transformer movie lovers are perhaps familiar with that sentence. Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots from Planet Cybertron, ones who came to Earth to protect Earth’s citizens from the destruction caused by the Decepticons led by Megatron. Optimus Prime along with Bumble Bee and the other Autobots work together to save the lives of Earthlings from the Decepticons’ attack.

For some people, Optimus Prime or Bumble Bee are just superheroes in a movie. But not for Purbo Kusumo (35). This Depok resident, who has 2 children, created the figure of Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, to survive.

Purbo paints Optimus Prime’s costume by himself. (Photo: IO/Rayi Gigih Priyadi)

Purbo, who initially worked as an online taxi driver, saw that his income was decreasing, so in 2017, this man of Javanese descent decided to quit his profession. “At first I was confused about what to do, finally I decided to sell a motorcycle to buy a costume which I then studied and modified,” explained this thin man.

Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee costumes that are ready to wear.
(Photo: IO/Rayi Gigih Priyadi)

He had his share of failures. However, it did not dampen his enthusiasm to continue fighting to provide for his wife and children. He kept trying to make very complicated superhero costumes, and it took a long time.

Purbo demonstrates the movement of the Bumble Bee with the costume he made.
(Photo: IO/Rayi Gigih Priyadi)

“Finally, I was able to make the costume myself. The first costume I made was Iron Man. There was pride in seeing my creations,” he said while tidying up his costumes.

Purbo Kusumo, superhero costume maker and owner of D’United Cosplay.
(Photo: IO/Rayi Gigih Priyadi)

Now, a row of superhero characters who usually appear in big-screen films has arrived and saved his life and the welfare of his little family. (Rayi Gigih Priyadi)