Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wondercon 2014

We are now confirmed, the WALL-Es will return to Wondercon! The event is April 18-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. I am looking forward to seeing the usual suspects, as well as making a few new friends.

The robot is currently going through a few upgrades, and should be ready for action within the month!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Progressive Automations

Progressive Automations did a very nice writeup on my projects. The article can be found here: http://www.progressiveautomations.com/PA-Blog/post/2013/12/02/Michael-McMasters-Got-an-R4-P17-In-the-Works!1.aspx

Progressive has been my supplier of high quality linear actuators for several years now, and has even sponsored our booth space at conventions. The products are top notch, and they have been very responsive to all of our needs. If you need actuators, this is the place to go!

Happy New Year!

I have been neglecting my blog over the last few weeks, as I have been working on a very cool project, which is nearly complete, but I will not be able to share until later in the year. It is another robot and a very cool one for sure.

WALL-E has undergone a few modifications to his track drive as well as the head servos. Next up, a new arm actuator and possibly some motion for his hand.

With the interest in the new Star Wars films, I am once again working on the new R2-D2 and hope to have him complete by the end of this year. There will be a ton of new features and modern electronics, so I am really excited to dig and get the ball rolling!

2014 is going to be another interesting year for sure!

-Michael

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Combat Radio Breakfast with Santa

We are charging our batteries in preparation for the 3rd annual breakfast, which benefits homeless children. This years event will be huge, and we look forward to working with Combat Radio to give the kids a wonderful day.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Variety Children's Charity

My R2-D2 replica was used for a shoot sponsored by Lucasfilm. The video will run in theaters all over the country this holiday season. Or you can view the video here: Variety Video

Comikaze 2013 was awesome!

We had a great time last weekend, and met so many WALL-E fans. Thanks to everyone that made this event one of our favorites!

 Little Stan Lee
 Ashley Eckstein



 Fellow R2 builder Ed Perello makes a new friend
 My R2 was used in a marketing campaign for Variety Children's Charity
 With prop maker Fon Davis
 Droids only!
 The usual suspects

 The great Stan Lee
 We stopped by the Legacy Effects booth to see all the great robots
 Actor James Hong
 Michael Hogan
 Michael Rooker
 Edward James Olmos
 Louie Anderson
 This guy looks familiar
 We had every size and shape WALL-E you could imagine


Saturday, August 10, 2013

R2/ WALL-E Appearance Dates

R2-D2 will be taking to the red carpet on August 18 at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood for the 1st Annual Geekie Awards (http://www.thegeekieawards.com/).

It looks like our next public appearance with WALL-E will be with Michael Senna and his WALL-E's (he built two!), at Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles (http://comikazeexpo.com/). The event will be held November 1-3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We hope to see you all there!

I would like to thank everyone who called and emailed this week regarding the Tested.com video (http://www.tested.com/art/makers/456998-making-real-life-size-wall-e-robot-geek-week/). It was a great deal of fun to make, and it hit over 1 Million views in just the first few days! You all have been very supportive of this most unusual hobby and I am truly grateful for all the support and encouragement.