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Transformer Suits - Episode 408 - 11-09-2012
Drive suit's expert Drew Beaumier of Fountain Valley, California has created a fully functional life-size Transformer you can drive. He drives into the Shark Tank in hopes of getting an investment in his unique costume. Beamier is looking for an investment from the Sharks to mass produce this ultimate Halloween costume.
So how do you Make a Real Life-Size Transformers and then try to turn it into a business? If your Drew Beaumier that has always had a fascination with the Transformers growing up, you get yourself a used Power Wheels Car and start tearing it apart. You then assemble the pieces into a functional piece of art that transforms from a costume into a car that actually works.
Seeing the reaction from just about everyone that has actually seen it in real life, Breimer starts to perform for tourist's visiting Hollywood &Fountain Valley, Ca. His street transforming performances quickly started drawing large crowds, and folks eagerly started paying him for photos standing next to the Real Life Super Hero "Transformer Guy."
Drew Beaumier took this original idea of a transformer and now has transformed several other vehicles into a workable Transformer Suits including a Harley Davidson, Police Motorcycle, a Volkswagen Beetle, an Escalade and even a fully functional Iron Man Drive Suit. Drew claims that he has won a lot of money at Halloween Costume Parties in the past 4 years.
His unique (and hard to beat) creations have won 1st place in every contest helping finance even more sophisticated transformers.
Transformer Guy Gets A Big Break On American Idol
Now a lot of these reality shows are always looking for some kind of gimmick to boost the rating's and The Transformer Guy (in costume) singing and dancing seemed like a good idea. Drew strolled out on stage, transformed into a car and started singing "Born To Be Wild." The only problem was when he transformed into a car, he's basically on his hands and knees with the hood over his head. Not exactly the kind of audition the judges are used to seeing. Steven Tyler actually thought he sounded kind of good considering his voice was muffled a bit.
Breimer then made a fatal error and forgot the words which led all the judges to believe this was more of a publicity stunt more than a serious singer looking for a Record Deal. Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson soon set Tyler straight.The Transformer Guy was last seen driving off the stage.
Drive Suits on Shark TankIs this guy for real this time around or is this another publicity stunt that has a bigger goal? It's hard enough to get on any Reality T.V. Show once let alone two twice in a short amount of time. By the looks of Beaumier's Blog, it's hard to imagine that he got a deal from the Sharks.
Drew currently has his resume posted at the very top of a very long page. Impressive, yes. He's been involved in several shoe-string budget films, so that might be the (real) angle here? Not sure yet. Besides, if Beaumer got a deal on Shark Tank, don't you think it would have aired a few weeks ago before Halloween not a week after it was over? This transformer suit would be hard to beat.
It should be entertaining to watch and see what Kevin O'Leary has to say about this one. Hopefully, the transformer man won't try singing this time around :)
A cool product for sure, but having a business plan from this distinct niche product may be a bit more challenging convincing the Sharks then making a Transformer Suit come to life.
After The Shark Tank Show:
WOW - I would say that went real good for Drew having two Sharks fighting over his transformer suits. Mark Cuban see's a very unique opportunity in these suits and offers Beaumier $150k to make him only 20 transforming suits. He also wants 40% of the company but no firm commitment for the future. Kevin O'Leary offers Drew $150k for 30% of the business contingent on a deal with a toy manufacturer picking up the traveling costumes. Having someone like Kevin O'Leary negotiating a large deal with a large toy company is too much to resist.
Deal With Kevin O'Leary for $150,000.00
Not a bad Deal at all.
How Much Does A Transformer Suit Cost?According to the Drive Suit's Website, you can order one right now. They are all custom built so you have a lot of say in what you'd like to transform into. A custom suit will run you around $1600.00 at this time. Not bad considering it takes around 50 man hours to assemble. I would expect this price to drastically come down in the future if these suits can build a little momentum behind them. It would be interesting to see how things are going with O'Leary and if he has helped in building up this Brand.
Would you spend $1,600 for a transformer suit? Or would you rather wait until the price comes down a bit?