Kids/Youth Designs

More than Meets the Eye

Troy Picou from Grand Rapids First in Grands Rapids, MI brings us this giant Transformer on their stage.

This is a 13′ transformer created for a children’s ministry series called Transformed. It was created out of recycled plastics and took 2 moths to make.

He was created out of recycled plastics. They used juice bottles, laundry detergent bottles, used toner cartridges from their color copier, water guns for the face, and tons of different planters. He had a PVC frame for all his limbs and that connected to a metal frame. They used donated wrecked bumpers from a collision repair shop for the outer car parts. He had LEDs throughout and his head was servo-controlled and looked side to side in a programable loop pattern. It took Troy two months to build with his wife and kids and three friends in their children’s ministry.

The background stuff was their normal stage setup—made from metal conduit and Coroplast. It was lit with tri 9 and 6 intelligent lights.






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26 responses to “More than Meets the Eye”

  1. Doug Volk says:

    THAT IS AWESOME!!!! Great Job Troy you deserve some love for this Great Looking piece of art/tech.

  2. Tim Sherwood says:

    ummm….. That is freaking impressive guys. Nice work

  3. Troy Picou says:

    Thanks for the kind words.

  4. Bill Pendleton says:

    All I can say is wow!!!

  5. Jenifer De Figueiredo says:

    Wow! Wow! and DOUBLE WOW! Great work!!!!!

  6. Penola says:

    Definitely a wowzer! This looks amazing!

  7. Troy Picou says:

    Thanks everyone. If you have any questions ask away.

  8. if I didn’t see this with my own eyes being built I would not have believed it he put lots of work in time in this project and it is AMSAZING. Great work Troy

  9. David Wilfred Frederick says:

    Wow !! Great work and Amazing effort !! God bless you

  10. Troy Williams says:

    Absolutely amazing job Pastor Troy. My boys were raving over this!

  11. Mark says:

    I’d like to see the two moths that managed to put that together!! ;)

  12. JP says:

    That is incredible. Great Job!!

  13. Deborah B. - Deacon Bling says:

    P Troy – You ROCK!! This is absolutely amazing!! So glad you are our youth pastor and making Kids Church FUNNNN & relevant!!

  14. That is awesome! I love seeing this over the top creativity coming from the church.

  15. JoeBoyd says:

    DANG!!! I am blown away.. this is Ridiculously awesome!

  16. I was wondering if you’d be willing to rent this for 4 week sermon series? I’d fly up rent a uhaul and return it when the series was completed…

  17. Steve Miller says:

    What types of paint did you use to get a uniform look? How did you get the paint to adhere to the polyethylene plastics? Did you paint all the parts or did you chrome plate some? Thanks

    • Troy says:

      Sanded each part primed some of the parts and used
      Krylon plastic spray paint and Adhesion promoter spray.
      Everything is made out of plastic and everything is spray painted.
      Hope that helps.

  18. Would you be interested in building another one for a price? Would really like to do a series on the transformed life….

    • Troy says:

      Hi Steve although it was a fun project, I just don’t have the time to make another. 3 months of nights and weekends is not easy to come by. Lol.

  19. MJ says:

    Amazing what you can do with leftover plastics ( and a few bumpers here and there !) Thanks for the tips on painting the plastic ! Thanks for sharing -God Bless !

  20. Jason says:

    Do you happen to have the instructions on how it was built so we could attempt to do it? I would love to try and attempt this.

    • Troy Picou says:

      Sorry Jason it was a one off, I Created it as I went. If you go to troy picou the works on Facebook you can see all the making of pics. It might help you on your journey. Good luck.

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