Saturday, October 15, 2016

Star Wars Reads Day at San Clemente Library

We brought R2 to the San Clemente Library to help with Star Wars Reads Day. After giving a presentation on building R2, and letting guests take photos with R2 and members of the Saber Guild, Mike read a book about droids with help from R2 and a Jedi. The library staff had prepared some very creative crafts and post-it note murals. We love inspiring young minds to read and create!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Upcoming appearance: Laguna Beach Library Nov 12

Mike will be bringing his R2-D2 and BB-8 to the Laguna Beach Library on Saturday, November 12 at 11 am to talk about robot building. Come and say, "Hi!"

Saturday, October 8, 2016

R2LA 13

This year's gathering of R2 Builders drew twice the number of guests as years past, requiring a larger party venue. So we constructed a 40' sunshade to block 90% UV across the backyard, which really helped with temps in the mid-90s. Attendance topped out over 140. Friday night's pizza dinner brought about 50 people. Everyone had a great time meeting and reconnecting with each other and sharing project ideas.

We had builders from all corners of the country and places in between. Everyone brought parts and props to display, and we had more than 30 finished droids. Gordon Tarpley filmed aerial shots with his drone, and brought his Robot Chicken-created puppet to meet those of Michael McMaster and Mike Senna. There was a resin demo and Senna disassembled his BB-8 for a large, interested crowd.

There was an R2 made of Tinkertoy K'NEX, two Choppers (from Star Wars Rebels animated TV show), and four BB-8s. Also a full-size Star Wars video arcade machine, a full-size Tauntaun head, and screen-used costumes and props from the classic Sci-fi film Logan's Run from Brian Mix.

Friday night pizza dinner

Setting up the backyard

Senna with his robot family

The droids

A big group of creative people

Monday, October 3, 2016

Upcoming appearance: LA Comic Con Oct 29

BB-8 will be appearing at Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con Oct 29, along with WALL•E and Eve, and all your favorite droids, on an expanded "Robot Alley." Please stop by and say, "Hi!"

Monday, July 25, 2016

San Diego Comic Con 2016

It was an honor to be a part of the R2 Builders panel at San Diego Comic Con, expertly organized by Thomas Roeoesli of San Diego. About 250 audience members packed the house to hear panelists Victor Franco, Thomas Roeoesli, William Miyamoto, Michael McMaster, Chris Romines, Mike Senna and special guest Lee Towersey from the UK.

We left BB-8 with friends at the Anovos booth during the con.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Generations Fan Film

Mike, our daughter Justine and our droids were a part of this award-winning fan film, Star Wars Generations. Congrats to the team!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fullerton Library

We helped the Fullerton Library kick off its summer reading program, bringing 200 people in for a presentation about robot building. Entertaining for kids and adults alike. A long line formed afterwards for individual photos.