How to Hack Phil McMinion:
Who doesn't love Minions from the movie Despicable Me? ...well when McDonalds recently had Minions as the prize in their Happy Meals, I had to make several trips to collect a few. One of the coolest looking of these little guys is Phil, he wields a bright red slide whistle. Problem is, the people who designed this either screwed up or more likely didn't want a bunch of angry, annoyed parents contacting McDonald's....because as a whistle Phil really blows! (...sorry, pun intended). It basically sounds like just air!?!
Well luckily our Maker Space the "Rabbit Hole" was having a Jameco Build Night with nifty parts we got from Jameco Electronics and Instructables. There were some 555 Timers Integrated Circuits I didn't know too much about...well with a little research I found 555 timers can be used to make all kinds of things including cool sound effects circuits. And I found this 555 Slider Synth circuit by Dean Segovis. It was perfect to fix Phil! (It's a fun circuit to build and play with, so if you don't have a Happy Meal Toy you can still build this project)
Because I'm working in a limited space, and for the fun of it, I decided to add an extra potentiometer to this circuit ...easier to adjust the sound generated. I also decided to use an external power supply plug instead of a 9V or even watch batteries...again because of the limited space.
Parts Needed for Slider Synth Phil McMinion
Here's a look at the finished McMinion in action:
Gather materials and tools and let's go!
(This Instructable submitted by the Rabbit-Hole Maker Space as part of the Instructables Sponsorship Program.)