Monday, January 18, 2016

Dream Come True

Last month I was honored to be the operator of the screen used R2-D2 from Star Wars Episode VI, The Force Awakens. R2 ran down the red carpet, alongside fellow droid C3P0, appeared onstage with the entire cast, was a photo op at the after party, and the following day appeared in the group photo in front of a Boeing Dreamliner painted as R2-D2.

For me this was a childhood dream come true, and the adventure of a lifetime. Everyone was kind and approachable, and excited to be a part of the largest premiere in Hollywood history. Special thanks to my friends at Lucasfilm and Disney who have given me so many opportunities. You are the best people to work for hands down. Thank you!


At the beginning of the red carpet.
 The whole event took place inside this tent...over 1/4 mile long!
 The fans and media loved the droids.

I was pointing out a mutual friend to George Lucas.
 My view from stage right inside the Dolby Theater.




The droid team! Matt Denton / Josh Lee (BB-8), C3P0 and Myself.
 Daisy Ridley was kind enough to take a photo with my camera. So sweet!



Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and Oscar Issac
 Mark Hamill
 With Mark Hamill...another very kind person.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Builds for 2016

I am back in the shop working on new droids, plus a few other fun projects. I will do my best to post updates as I am allowed to share!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Heading to Comikaze Expo!

Join us this weekend and we display the WALL-Es once again at Comikaze Expo: http://comikazeexpo.com/

See you there!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WALL-Es are Heading to D23!

We are packing up the robots and preparing for our first ever display at Disney's D23 Expo (https://d23.com/d23-event/d23-expo-2015/).

Michael Senna and I will have several WALL-E's on display, and will have a photo op for the fans all three days. We look forward to meeting you all and sharing our love for these robots.

Monday, June 22, 2015

R2 Blue

I have been working on R2-D2 once again, and the paint color has become my new project. Over the last few months I have tried over a half dozen different colors. While on Facebook, I noticed several R2 builders post a rattle can paint they said was a perfect match for what we call "R2 Blue".

I was skeptical that a single color would do the trick, as the paint appears to have shades of blue and purple when viewed at different angles and in various light. Needless to say, I ran to my local auto parts dealer and found a can. To my surprise, it was a perfect match!

Several cans later, I have all the parts repainted in the new blue (Dupli-Color Sonic Blue Pearl), and absolutely love it.

One problem solved!




Stratolaunch Systems tour.

We joined up with retired Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr, and gave an hour long presentation to the the engineers at Stratolaunch Systems in Mojave, CA. They are currently building the worlds largest aircraft, which will carry rocket payloads to high altitude, then release the rocket which will they fly into space. The wingspan is over 385 feet! Amazing day.



Friday, April 24, 2015

Celebration VII

Still recovering from an incredible convention. I was fortunate to operate the actual screen used Episode VII R2-D2 during the presentation Thursday morning with Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams. Special thanks to Oliver Steeples and Lee Towersey for an incredible experience!

The sandcrawler set was well received, and thousands took photos in front of it, as well as many media outlets, who used it for interviews.

The R2 Builders display was the biggest yet, with over 100 droids! Well done kids.


 With R2-D2 and BB-8
 Daisy Ridley
 The R2 Builders Club
 Michael McMaster, Oliver Steeples, Lee Towersey
 The StarWars.com crew
 Backstage during the presentation
 The crowd reaction after seeing the Episode VII trailer
 Anthony Daniels in front of the crawler
 The crawler crew...Gordon Tarpley, Max Cervantes, Michael McMaster

 My monitor view during the presentation
 Kathleen Kennedy, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, JJ Abrams
 R2-D2 and BB-8
The finished display