Sunday, August 16, 2015

D23 Expo, Anaheim Convention Center Aug 14-16, 2015

R2-D2 helped to kick off the D23 Expo Friday morning by joining C3PO on stage when George Lucas was honored with a Disney Legends Award. Then Artoo was featured in a photo opportunity booth for hundreds of Disney fans to take pictures with over the three-day event. It was an honor to be invited to be a part of this amazing celebration of all things Disney.

Bob Eiger, C3PO and R2-D2 during Disney Legends Awards

George Lucas

R2's "mini me" selfie

Panama TV interview

Joy from an Inside Out family gives Artoo some love

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MDA Summer Camp, Orange

R2-D2 once again visited the kids from Muscular Dystrophy Association at their summer camp at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange.  But this time our daughter and son took R2 out without my wife and I.  We are proud of our responsible teenage children for continuing our family tradition to make this visit a reality for these amazing campers, and for sharing their heartwarming photos and video.

Here's a cute video of R2-D2 playing soccer with a camper:


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cub Scout Pack Meeting, Rancho Santa Margarita

Thanks to Cub Scout Pack 727 for having us out to present to the boys and families at their Pack meeting in the lovely city of Rancho Santa Margarita. The boys asked some entertaining questions and then got to take Den photos with R2-D2 and WALL•E.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tustin Library presentation

Mike spoke at the Tustin Library about building and using his robots, to an audience mixed with kids and adults of all ages. He encourages the audience to persevere while pursuing their passions and then share their discoveries with others who have similar interests. After the presentation and Q&A, audience members may come forward to get photographs with the robots.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015

We displayed our two droids, R2-D2 and R5-DD (Stacy's personal droid from the popular Pink Five fan films) in the R2 Builders room at Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19, 2015. There were about 100 droids on display, as well as a life-sized sand crawler photo backdrop and jawa workshop, all made by club members. A variety of droids from the films were on display to the delight of 150,000 attendees. Droid races were held. It was great fun seeing so many friends and droid builders from around the world. featured R2 Builders here at 2:48:14:

Mike being interviewed for (see link above)

All but about 15 of the droids brought to the convention
All the builders with their droids

R2 Builders room
Star Wars director JJ Abrams films a Twizzler challenge with Chewbacca

Mike with the droid builders from Star Wars Episode VII, including two members of the R2 Builders Club in the UK
UK builder Oliver Steeples takes a selfie with Mike

Gordon Tarpley, Michael McMaster, Mike Senna & Max Cervantes with Chopper from Star Wars Rebels (built by McMaster)
Droid races

Jawa workshop
R2 Builders room

Jawa workshop

Friday, April 10, 2015

ESPN College Basketball Awards

R2 appeared with host Michelle Beadle on a live broadcast of the ESPN College Basketball Awards from Club Nokia in Los Angeles.