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 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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Busy Year!

It has been a while since my last has been crazy busy in the workshop. For the last few months I have been building a 1:1 sandcrawler tread for Star Wars Celebration 7. The set will be a photo op for the R2-D2 Builders Club, and will be on the main show floor. The set will have all the droids seen in the original film, during the "droid auction" scene. I built the main structure, Gordon Tarpley of GT Props created all the molded parts, and prop master Max Cervantes painted the main structure as well as the treads.

The set will be on display in Anaheim at the convention center from April 16-19th.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Comikaze 2014

Wow, 2014 Comikaze was bigger and better than ever! I am still sorting through hundreds of photos we took at the con, and will post a few of my favorites next week.

I am now working on yet another new robot project, and will share more in January!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WALL-Es Next Event

Comikaze Expo is a little over a month away, and we are looking forward to seeing you all once again! More info can be found at:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Group Photo Time

Chopper dropped by the shop for a short visit, so I decided to grab a few pics. He is already on his way back to Lucasfilm, ready for his next adventure.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Chopper Build

I can finally reveal today, the secret project I did last winter for Disney/ Lucasfilm. I had the extreme privilege of building a new droid in the Star Wars universe. The droid is named Chopper, and he is one of the key characters in the new animated series "Rebels", which debuts this fall on Disney XD. Below is a video just released on

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New R2-D2

Work began earlier this spring on two new droids...and ultimate R2-D2 with all the gadgets, and an R4-P17, simply because I like the color scheme. I will be posting pictures and video as the project progresses.