I have loved art since I was a kid. I started building about 6 years ago and have gotten better and better at it. I was inspired to build a realistic looking transformer costume from the “Transformers” movies. I didn’t just want to build something that looked good, I wanted it to look like it came out of the movie. I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull it off but since my first transformer build was standing at about 7 and a half feet tall I figured I might be able to build one that would stand at almost 10 feet tall. I started by downloading images of the character from different angles to be able to achieve a replica of it. I then went to buy the supplies I was going to need. I used many different materials from EVA foam, plastics, hot glue gun, glue sticks, wood, blades, paints, Dremel, LEDs, PVC pipes, velcro, clips and several other things I had lying around the house. I had drawn(freehand) every single piece and small detail and cut it out and begin to put it together to its corresponding piece.
Believe me, this process was not easy and ended up taking about 1 and a half years to finish. The most challenging part was trying to make sure every piece of the suit was well proportioned. Once the suit was finished, I had to prep it and get it ready for the paint job. I used several acrylic paints and weathered it to give it a battle-damaged look. If I had to guesstimate how much it cost me, I’d have to say at least $1500. I then took it out to a local event and people were amazed by it. It looked so real many of them thought it was a robot. Well, this is the story of my amazing Bumblebee build.