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This story is a couple months old but I couldn’t find a whole lot of information about it on the web so I thought I would re-share it with you.  A Lemoore man decided he liked the Transformers so much that he built a life size replica of the cartoon version of Bumblebee in his front yard.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Transformers,” Tom Rhoads Rhoads stated to the crew at mim. “And when my son was born I decided to make the statue.”

The statue stands at 18 feet tall and built from a used Volkswagen, yes that’s right a used Volkswagen, in this economy who can afford to chop up a new Camaro and besides some of us liked the cartoon characters better!

The statue took him and a friend a year to build in their spare time:

“Sometimes it seemed as if we would never get through it, all the parts spread out, but then it just came together.”

A crane had to hoist the 1200 lb robot onto its feet after the welding was completed. Its legs are made of steel and angle iron to keep it secure.

If you asked me, he should have killed two birds with one stone (sorry PETA) and made the gun in its hand be Megatron.  We all know he was a lame gun in the cartoon version, right?

Stay tuned, as Tom’s next project is the semi truck in the back.  I wonder what he has planned for that…..

 A life size replica of the Transformer Bumblebee.18 Foot tall Bumblebee from the movie Transformers Old style transformer Bumblebee replica Transformers sign in front of property Cartoon character Bumblebee from Transformers

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  1. Jason June 19, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    I can’t wait to see the Optimus Prime one. He should start charging his visitiors.

  2. Whisperer June 19, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    If you build it. They will come.

  3. lonny June 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Was on Mike in the Morning(WRIF Detroit) Thursday andsaid Prime is going to remain in truck mode, painted and set up for kids to plat on. Mentioned that he is going to do Soundwave after that.

  4. Prime June 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    What’s the address I’m in Cali I wanna see it.

  5. R.L. Evans June 21, 2009 at 1:29 am #

    I’ve been wondering for years, exactly what make and model of truck was Optimus supposed to be?

  6. Patrick Burt June 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    This is the kinda thing that would make you poop yourself if you woke up in the middle of the night and looked outside to see.

  7. JOhn thomas June 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    Wow, that is soo cool! Pretty neat someone would take the time to do that!

    RT
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  8. Television Spy June 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    That is epic, good on him.

  9. Tyrone June 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    This is so awesome! I love it when hobbyists create mecha and other giant machines at their homes.

  10. Dave June 25, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    I just found an awesome q&a with the cast members of Transformers 2. There were clips with MEGAN FOX where she talked about SHIA LABEOUF and how she thinks she is “useless” to herself. Josh Duhamel and Tyrese also talk about the movie and which Transformer they would want to be. Personally I am an optimus prime fan! Here’s the link:
    http://www.iheartradio.com/cc-common/ondemand/player.html?apid=5719&mid=205515/?cmp=transformersint_nicole
    Hope you enjoy as much as I did!!

  11. jojo July 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    c’est cont ce transformers

  12. tamara manno July 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    hello
    can someone please tell me where this is, i would love to go see it

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