My First Robot "minion"


I got my kit and then started kicking around ideas of what I wanted him to look like. I wanted him to be something different. So I began searching the internet for one eyed creature/robot.

I was playing with ideas and then I watched Despicable Me and was like oh that's it!!!!

I got my kit. Decided to use the 5" round base 5" base so this is why I am using the 2.5 Amp Motor Controller.

I used a Quaker Oats tall can. Yes oatmeal. ;o) I then took rigid wrap
Rigid Wrap This stuff is like a cast if you've never worked with it. I wanted strong but light weight.

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Now it's hard and you can drill etc. I then took a bowl and formed the head. I then took a yellow t-shirt and made the body. I then took liquid latex and put several coats on to make it where the fabric is durable but would move.

There are some foam thingies that stick up to help support the bowl portion that makes the top of the head.

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That then fits on top. The camera goes into the white leather eye ball so that it can move around. I then took a Stage 8 nut and traced it on foam sheets to make the part for around the eye. I made the head band thing with leather scraps. It is now black.

I made the original arms with the same foam stuff that holds up the head but they were really too heavy for the servos. They worked but would drop once they were lifted. So I am redesigning those. (I am not ready to move on to incorporating other servos, next one, already have a project in mind and may enlist assistance)

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To color the liquid latex. I put a few coats on then mixed in the black paint and added another coat. No good if you paint it then put the latex, it gets all funky. You have to mix it in the latex.

Then the overalls are just an old jean leg, the little pocket is the little inside pocket. It is also covered in latex to give it the same look.

I am adding a mp3 trigger. I found some minion ringtones. Some of them saying little things from the movie and the theme song, "I'm having a bad day". Started playing with the triggers.

I still need to figure out all the permanent wiring stuff for power. He is not fully functional yet.

Will update later.


haha! arms look cool!


Lol! Looks like It's going to be a fun robot! Smile


So far he has been fun and frustrating.

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I will also be adding a speaker. Ordered some supplies. Arms are still in the works. The foam stuff I am using has wire in it so it's bendable.

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Thank you!


looks very good,very good work
might latter add sonar or IR'S for navigation
there 3 types of sonars ,one is HC-SR04 you need 2 holes,cheap,another is ez-maxsonar one hole cost $25 and SRF02 single hole I2C buss cost $25
single hole blends in well like a button on the pants or shirt


Love it sam!!!


@Robotmaker... He has the ping sensor that comes with the kit. If you look lower toward his base you can see that. It kind of blends into the jeans pretty well. I forgot about that part.

I still need to put hair on him too. I want to take some black wire pieces to use for hair.

Thanks DJ!!!!! Can't wait to see the MF booth. 1 week :o)


where is the MF booth,right now in cleveland ,ohio for a work trip,then in 2 months going to clearwater,fla to my my favorate dolphin WINTER from dolphin tale ,then ALASKA