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Children’s faces light up as Transformers’ Autobot leader Optimus Prime visits Romford school

PUBLISHED: 13:31 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 27 March 2017

Romeo, four, with his dad Charlie Makaveli , standing next to the Optimus Prime truck. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

Romeo, four, with his dad Charlie Makaveli , standing next to the Optimus Prime truck. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

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A four-year-old boy had a dream come true when Transformers’ Optimus Prime made a surprise visit to his school today.

The Optimus Prime truck modelled on the famed Autobots leader from Transformers, makes a visit to Parklands Infants School to surprise pupils. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.The Optimus Prime truck modelled on the famed Autobots leader from Transformers, makes a visit to Parklands Infants School to surprise pupils. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

Having driven from Scunthorpe to surprise Parklands Infant School pupil, Romeo Makaveli, four, the heroic Autobots leader was too tired to transform.

But that didn’t stop young Romeo who dressed as the famed character for World Book Day on March 2, and other pupils at the school in Havering Road, Romford, from being impressed.

“He won’t be quiet about this now for the rest of the week,” said dad Charlie, 32, of Parkside Avenue, Romford.

“It’s amazing how they make a real life version from a comic that came out many years ago.”

Charlie, a floral designer, pulled out all the stops when his son asked him to make an outfit for World Book Day four weeks ago.

He had never attempted to make such an outfit before.

But his late nights and hard work paid off when a video he posted of Romeo “transforming” into the famed character on Facebook went viral.

“Normally Romeo gets about 100 likes per photo,” he continued.

“When I came back from the school [from walking Romeo to school on World Book Day], it had already reached 300.

“The following morning it had 70,000 views.”

Headteacher Margy Bushell added: “His costume was fantastic. Dad had made all of it himself and now we have this for the whole school.”

Andy Graves drives the truck for summer shows and charity visits for sick children like those associated with the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“I saw it on Facebook and Hasbro [the toy company] got onto me.

“It was a good costume and the fact that it transformed into Optimus Prime when he was on his hands and knees was amazing.”

The Optimus Prime truck, which takes seven miles to the gallon, was delivered to the UK around five years ago from Texas.

“I keep doing things to make it look like the one in the film,” continued Andy.

“When you see the kids faces lit up, it’s better than anything.

“With sick children it brings a bit of joy to their life. It makes you feel there’s more to life than money.”

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