Saturday, November 5, 2022

Pacific Symphony, Costa Mesa

It’s always an honor and pleasure working with the Pacific Symphony, which we’ve done since 2007. Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman and R2-D2 are old friends who always enjoy a good on-stage banter. At this weekend’s concerts at Segerstrom Concert Hall, R2 played the happy birthday song, leading the audience in singing to wish John Williams a happy 90th birthday.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

A Place Called Home Comic Art & Literacy Expo (CALE), Los Angeles

We were happy to be back at one of our favorite charities, A Place Called Home, an amazing community center in South Central LA, for the post pandemic return of their annual Comic Art & Literacy Expo. This year we brought R4-DT, also known as Graffiti Droid, which appeared in Obi Wan Kenobi on Disney+.
Mike gave a presentation on how he built his droids and what we've used them for. The droid entertained around the venue and guests took pictures with it. We especially enjoyed speaking one-on-one with a teen girl who asked lots of great questions seeking career advice.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Making of Obi Wan Kenobi documentary

If you watch the Disney+ behind-the-scenes documentary, “Obi Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return”, watch for Mike and one of our droids.

We love the shot of Vivien Lyra Blair, who plays young Leia, interacting with our pink droid. Mike spent hours on set between takes entertaining her by puppeteering the droids. He couldn’t resist keeping the magic alive for her, since she was such a huge fan of the droids. Those interactions were a huge part of what made being on the crew so amazing for him, as droid consultant and puppeteer.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Don Bies presentation at Academy Museum, LA

Don Bies gave an interesting presentation at the Academy Museum in LA, as part of their Building Character series. He shared stories, photos and videos from his years building props for Lucasfilm and ILM. It was an honor to be a part of the event, and to get a personal tour of the Kenny Baker R2 unit on display in the museum, which Don built. Several members of the R2 Builders Club were in the audience.

We only had about an hour to see the fairly new museum, which is worth a visit. We need to go back again sometime to see what we missed. The exhibits include a lot of video footage which is updated regularly to keep things fresh. Their education center offers classes for the public, including many school field trips.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was super fun! Such a great reunion of old friends. And so much creativity and engineering genius! The Mandalorian Experience exhibit was amazing. So many cute kids in costumes being entertained by droids, and their favorite new character, Grogu. Always fun to hang out with fellow droid builders from around the country and the world.

Mike spoke on a droid builders panel, and unveiled his R4-DT droid at the con on Friday, after it appeared the previous day in Obi Wan Kenobi on Disney+. We affectionately call it "Graffiti Droid".

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Reedley College STEM Conference keynote presentation

Mike Senna and  Michael McMaster were keynote speakers at a STEM conference at Reedley College. They inspired students to dream big for their STEM career aspirations.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Disney's Magic Bake Off filming, Burbank

This is a really cool show starring some really talented kids. We were a part of their Star Wars episode during season 1, Episode 10. Young bakers designed 3D galactic cakes featuring the "Star Wars" universe and their favorite characters. Very entertaining to see their amazing talent! And the set was so fun and colorful.